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  • Israeli lawmaker rapped for favoring segregation in maternity wards

    (JTA) — A right-wing Knesset member was slammed for saying Arab and Jewish mothers in Israel’s maternity wards should be placed in separate rooms. In a Twitter post Tuesday, Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party said, “It’s natural that my wife wouldn’t want to lie down [in a bed] next to a woman who just…

  • Anti-BDS Scottish student leader accused of violating rules

    (JTA) — A Scottish college student was accused of violating “safe space” rules and told she risked being expelled from a meeting after she spoke out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel movement. Imogen Wilson, 22, the vice president for academic affairs at Edinburgh University Students’ Association, told Britain’s Telegraph she was accused…

  • Israeli-Palestinian meat smuggling ring busted

    (JTA) — Nine people, Israelis and Palestinians, have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling unsafe meat into Israel from the Palestinian territories and selling it, with forged kashrut certifications, to Israeli restaurants. The arrests Monday followed an investigation by the Israel Police and three Israeli ministries: agriculture, finance and health, Ynet reported. Additional arrests are expected….

  • UN allows Israel exhibit to include censored panel on Zionism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — An exhibition on Israel at the United Nations headquarters will include a panel on Zionism, one of three that the international body had previously deemed “inappropriate.” Calling the reinstated panel a “clear win for Israeli diplomacy and a victory for the truth about Israel,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United…

  • Citing Hamas violation, Israel temporarily blocks Gaza cement imports

    (JTA) — Israel has temporarily barred cement and other construction materials from entering the Gaza Strip after finding that Hamas was diverting some of the materials for its own use. The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, or COGAT, said the cement freeze went into effect on Sunday, the Times of Israel reported. According to…

  • Anti-Semitic graffiti left in predominantly Jewish building in Brooklyn

    (JTA) — The lobby of an apartment building in a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. A resident of a six-story building in Borough Park reported the graffiti, which said “F— Jews,” to the New York Police Department’s 66th Precinct on Sunday, JPUpdates reported. The precinct is investigating with the department’s…

  • Hamas says it holds 2 Israeli captives, remains of 2 soldiers

    (JTA) — Hamas said for the first time that it is holding two Israeli men and the remains of two Israeli soldiers. The Islamist group’s military wing released a televised statement Friday through official Hamas media, The Jerusalem Post reported. The statement said the group is demanding Israeli concessions in exchange for information about the condition…

  • Kiryas Joel delivery man charged for anti-Semitic graffiti

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A man who allegedly sprayed anti-Semitic graffiti inside a residential building in the upstate New York Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief. New York State Police on Thursday arrested James Blazeski, 24. He was arraigned in the Village of Monroe Court and remanded to Orange County jail,…

  • Abbas: PA ‘on the brink of collapse,’ Israel should share intelligence info

    (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority is “on the brink of collapse,” its president, Mahmoud Abbas, told Israeli TV. In an interview with Channel 2 broadcast Thursday night, Abbas also warned of “chaos” if the security cooperation between the P.A. and Israel stops. “There will be rifles and explosions and armed militants everywhere,” Abbas said, according…

  • Shmuley Boteach selling New Jersey ‘manor’ for $3.5M

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who calls himself “America’s Rabbi,” is seeking to sell his mansion in suburban New York City. Boteach, the author of such books as “Kosher Sex” and “Kosher Adultery,” and his wife are asking $3.5 million for their eight-bedroom home in Englewood, New Jersey, according to NorthJersey.com. READ: What do…