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  • Jewish camp counselor in NJ dies at 37

    (JTA) — A 37-year-old New Jersey high school teacher and father of a 4-year-old girl died while working at a Jewish day camp. Josh Allen, of South Orange, fainted during an orientation session at JCC MetroWest’s Camp Deeny Riback on June 25 and never regained consciousness, the New Jersey Jewish News reported. The cause of…

  • Louisiana sheriff allegedly called federal prosecutor a ‘sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard’

    (JTA) — A Louisiana sheriff charged with abusing prison inmates allegedly called a federal prosecutor a “sorry son-of-a-bitch Jew bastard” and talked about shooting him between his “god-damned Jewish eyes.” According to court papers filed Wednesday, Louis Ackal of Iberia Parish, a county two hours west of New Orleans, made the remarks about Mark Blumberg during secretly recorded…

  • Murdered Israeli girl had US citizenship

    (JTA) — The 13-year-old Israeli girl killed in her West Bank bedroom on Thursday also was an American citizen. A State Department spokesman confirmed at a news briefing that Hallel Yaffa Ariel of Kiryat Arba, a Jewish settlement near Hebron, was a U.S. citizen, several media outlets reported. Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, a 17-year-old Palestinian from…

  • Lifeguard discovers Crusader-era lamp on Ashkelon beach

    (JTA) — An Israeli lifeguard discovered a 900-year-old clay oil lamp while jogging on an Ashkelon beach. Meir Amsik, who works at the beach in the southern city on the Mediterranean coast, stumbled across the artifact last week, The Jerusalem Post reported. Amsik was picking up wooden boards that had washed onto the beach when…

  • British neo-Nazi group names Miss Hitler 2016 winners

    (JTA) — A Scottish woman who said she turned to neo-Nazism after “the Jewish propaganda became too obvious to ignore” was named Miss Hitler 2016. National Action, a British white supremacist group, announced the winners of its contest on Twitter and on its blog earlier this week because Facebook removed the group’s page in May, shortly…

  • 4 pro-Israel NY food co-op members suspended for disrupting 2015 BDS presentation

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A popular Brooklyn cooperative grocery store that has been fighting about Israel boycott efforts for eight years reportedly suspended four pro-Israel members for interrupting a meeting more than a year ago. According to the Brooklyn Paper, four Park Slope Food Co-op members have been suspended for a year for interrupting an April…

  • Orthodox groups file petition to stop egalitarian section at Western Wall

    (JTA) — A group of Orthodox Jewish organizations is hoping Israel’s High Court of Justice will stop a non-Orthodox prayer section from being added to the Western Wall. The group filed an urgent petition Wednesday opposing a government plan that was announced in January but has not yet been implemented, the Kol Hazman news site…

  • 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….