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  • Report: All but 4 of Israel’s female MKs have experienced sexual harassment or abuse

    (JTA) — All but four of Israel’s current female Knesset members report they have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault at some point in their lives — with two saying they experienced it even after entering the Knesset. A survey of Israel’s 32 female lawmakers conducted by Israel’s Channel 2 found that 28 had been…

  • Roman Polanski to face new Polish push for extradition on rape charges

    (JTA) — Poland said it will initiate efforts to extradite Roman Polanski to the United States in an attempt to reverse a court ruling last year that said doing so would be “obviously unlawful.” Polanski, who is Jewish, fled the U.S. nearly four decades ago after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl. Justice Minister and…

  • Netanyahu’s government may be near collapse, report says

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10. In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders” saying that Netanyahu’s surprise move to bring the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party into the coalition may be backfiring on him. In the past eight days,…

  • Arab states have reportedly hand-picked Palestinian leader to succeed Abbas

    (JTA) — The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly planning to have former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Citing unnamed senior Palestinian and Jordanian sources, Middle East Eye reported Friday on the joint plan to bring Dahlan, the former leader of Abbas’ Fatah party in the Gaza Strip, back from exile…

  • Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

    (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arnold sat in one of the first rows at his address before the Ivy League university’s class of 2016, told the graduates Thursday that the world “is full of…

  • Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

    (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post reported. Abu Hanna told reporters she is “proud to be an Israeli Arab,” noting, “If I had not been in Israel and had been elsewhere —…

  • Holocaust refugee known for anti-Israel activism dies at 91

    (JTA) — Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust refugee whose sharp criticism of Israel — including comparing the state to the Nazis — drew controversy, has died at 91. Epstein died at her home in St. Louis Thursday, according to Jewish Voice for Peace, a group in which she was active. The group supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions…

  • NJ court rules $11M state grant to yeshiva unconstitutional

    (JTA) — A New Jersey court has ruled unconstitutional state grants to two religious institutions — including $10.6 million to one of North America’s largest haredi Orthodox yeshivas. The ruling was made Thursday by a New Jersey appellate court, the Asbury Park Press reported. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced the grants in 2013 as part of…

  • Interfaith couple files complaint against Illinois hotel owner who refused to host wedding

    (JTA) — A Wisconsin couple filed a discrimination charge against an Illinois hotel owner who allegedly refused to host their interfaith wedding because it was not religious. Alexandra Katzman and Jonathan Webber of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, filed the charge against the owner, Dave Anderson, with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, The Associated Press reported…

  • Netanyahu inaugurates new wing at Museum of the Jewish People

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated a new wing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. The new wing, spanning 25,000 square feet, is one of the products of a $100 million renewal campaign. It will permanently house an exhibit showcasing the museum’s collection of synagogue models in…