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  • Suspicious car outside London’s Israeli embassy prompts police action

    (JTA) — Police in London carried out a controlled explosion across the street from Israel’s embassy in the city after a suspicious vehicle was spotted there. Hundreds of commuters were evacuated from the surrounding area, and police temporarily shut down a nearby section of Kensington High Street, according to the Daily Star. Police determined that…

  • 4 killed, 3 badly injured in suspected Tel Aviv terrorist attack

    (JTA) — Four people were killed and three were seriously injured in a shooting at an outdoor shopping center in Tel Aviv. Two gunmen carried out the apparent terror attack and were shot and disarmed, according to the police. “One is wounded, the other’s condition is unclear at the moment. All these details are preliminary,” said police spokeswoman…

  • Thousands of items belonging to Auschwitz victims newly uncovered

    (JTA) — The Auschwitz Museum says it has rescued from storage 16,000 personal items belonging to Jews killed at the Nazi death camp. Museum officials said Tuesday that Poland’s former Communist government stored the items — including empty medicine bottles, shoes, jewelry and watches — and then neglected them, Agence France Press reported. “In most cases,…

  • Mexico’s foreign minister links anti-Mexican sentiment, anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Mexico’s foreign minister compared anti-Mexican “bigotry” in the United States to anti-Semitism in an address to the American Jewish Committee. Claudia Ruiz Massieu won sustained applause with her remarks Monday at the AJC’s Global Forum in Washington, D.C.. “Let me say loud and clear, fighting anti-Semitism, like standing up to anti-Mexican sentiment, is…

  • ‘Rare cache’ of Hasmonean-era coins uncovered in Israel’s Modiin

    (JTA) — A trove of 16 silver coins dating back more than 2,000 years has been uncovered in an excavation in the Israeli municipality of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut. The Hasmonean-era coins, which were found in April, were hidden in a rock crevice against a wall of an agricultural estate also discovered during the excavation, the Israel Antiquities Authority…

  • Ivanka Trump publishing book for professional women

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ivanka Trump will be publishing a book next spring to help professional women. Titled “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success,” the book by the daughter of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will help professional women “create the lives they want to live,” according to Portfolio, the business imprint…

  • Israel busts Norwegian diplomat’s driver for smuggling antiquities in official car

    (JTA) — Norway is launching an internal investigation after a Palestinian driver hired by one of its diplomats was arrested for attempting to smuggle valuable ancient artifacts from Jordan into eastern Jerusalem. The Norwegian Embassy in Israel said Monday that it granted Israel permission to search the diplomat’s Mercedes last week at the Allenby Bridge crossing, which…

  • Covenant Awards recognize Jewish ed leaders in disabilities, music and alternative Talmud study

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The founder and head of a Manhattan day school for children with disabilities, a New York-based Jewish music educator and the founder and head of a “traditionally radical yeshiva” in Chicago are the three recipients of the 2016 Covenant Awards for excellence in Jewish education. The New York-based Covenant Foundation announced…

  • Former chief rabbi: Western Wall compromise will ‘weaken Jerusalem’

    (JTA) — Israel’s former Sephardic chief rabbi said a landmark compromise establishing a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall will “weaken Jerusalem.” Speaking on Sunday, Shlomo Amar, who is currently the Sephardic chief rabbi of Jerusalem, also referred to the liberal Jewish proponents of expanding non-Orthodox worship space at Judaism’s holiest site as “wicked”…

  • J Street memo to Democrats calls for ‘balanced position’ on Israel

    (JTA) — J Street is echoing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ push to make the party platform’s language more balanced when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group is also urging platform drafters to note that the party opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. In a petition headlined…