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  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Hawaii wall irks neighbors

    (JTA) — Billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is angering neighbors with the privacy settings he’s building at his Hawaii vacation property. Zuckerberg is building a 6-foot-tall wall around his waterfront property on the island of Kauai, and his neighbors in Kilauea say it is blocking their ocean views and breezes, West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday….

  • Istanbul airport terror attack kills 41, injures at least 230; no Israeli casualties reported

    (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to determine whether any Israeli citizens were injured in a suicide bombing Tuesday night in Turkey that killed 41 people and injured at least 230. Three bombers blew themselves up at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, the third busiest in Europe, after opening fire at the entrance to the airport’s…

  • Morrissey of Smiths fame returning to Israel in August

    (JTA) — Morrissey, the British singer-songwriter best known for his involvement in The Smiths, will perform two concerts in Israel this summer. The 57-year-old solo musician will play Tel Aviv on Aug. 22 and Caesarea two days later, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday. Morrissey sold out his most recent concerts in Israel, in 2012….

  • Hundreds turn out for Israel funeral of ex-Hasid who apparently killed herself

    (JTA) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of a formerly haredi Orthodox Israeli woman who was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide. Esti Weinstein, 50, was buried in Petach Tikvah on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported. Weinstein’s body and a suicide note were discovered in her car at a…

  • Black Brooklyn beating victim sues New York City, Orthodox Jewish security patrol

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A gay African-American man who was beaten, allegedly by a group of Hasidic Jews, in Brooklyn in 2013 is suing New York City and its police department, saying their improper favoring of the Williamsburg neighborhood’s Orthodox security patrol deprived him of equal justice under the law. The victim, Taj Patterson, was expected…

  • London’s Muslim mayor calls for rooting out anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, called for the rooting out of anti-Semitism in his city and in his Labour Party. In an op-ed Monday in The Jerusalem Post, Khan said he wants “to send a message around the world by being the London mayor of Islamic faith who does more…

  • Jewish groups applaud Supreme Court abortion ruling tossing Texas restrictions

    (JTA) — Several national Jewish organizations applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday striking down a Texas law that restricted access to abortion. In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said the HB2 law, which mandates that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, was unconstitutional. The law would have required nearly half…

  • Defense chief Avigdor Liberman, majority of Israelis oppose Turkey reconciliation deal

    (JTA) — More than half of Israelis oppose the newly announced reconciliation deal with Turkey, according to one Israeli television poll. In addition, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he is against the deal, several Israeli media outlets reported Monday. The poll by Channel 10 found that 56 percent of Israelis oppose the deal that…

  • Religion-related terrorism and harassment of Jews increasing worldwide, Pew study finds

    (JTA) — The harassment of Jews worldwide continued to increase in 2014 even as government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion decreased modestly, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center’s annual study of 198 countries released Thursday also found an increase in religion-related terrorism, with 82 of the nearly 200 countries…

  • Ex-prostitute alleges Orthodox businessmen mistreated her on ‘mile high’ NYPD job

    .textad {display: none!important;} NEW YORK (JTA) — A prostitute allegedly hired by New York Jewish businessmen to entertain several New York police officers as part of an alleged bribery scheme said she performed multiple sex acts for them on a flight to Las Vegas and was treated so poorly she quit the profession. The alleged…