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  • Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians. The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeatedly extended, was included in a statement issued Thursday by the Prime Minister’s Office under the heading “Israel’s Response to the French Initiative.” The French government announced last week that it…

  • Palestinians riot as Jewish worshippers visit Joseph’s Tomb

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians in Nablus attacked Israeli soldiers escorting a convoy of Jewish worshippers who entered the West Bank city to visit Joseph’s Tomb. The 26 busloads of worshippers arrived overnight Wednesday into Thursday in order to visit the purported burial place of the Jewish patriarch. The site is holy to Muslims, Christians and…

  • Actress Lea Michele discovers her Greek-Jewish roots

    (JTA) — “Glee” star Lea Michele took a deeper look at her Greek-Jewish roots on the TLC television series “Who Do You Think You Are?” The episode is scheduled to air on Sunday, and is the season finale of the series, The Forward reported. Michele, born Lea Michele Sarfati in the Bronx to an Italian mother…

  • Swastikas drawn on property in Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood

    (JTA) — A vandal was caught on video drawing swastikas on property in an Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood. The swastikas were scrawled in white marker early Monday on garbage can lids, a residential gate, a traffic control box and the door of a building in the Marine Park section, the New York Post reported Wednesday….

  • Swastikas spray-painted at park, elementary school in largely Jewish DC suburb

    (JTA) — Swastikas were spray-painted at a park and an elementary school in a Washington, D.C., suburb with a large Jewish population. The swastikas were discovered Sunday in Rockville, Maryland, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. A witness said he saw two white boys spray-painting the swastikas, according to the Post. Montgomery County police told the…

  • Iowa Senate passes anti-BDS bill

    (JTA) — The Iowa state Senate voted to approve a bill aimed at countering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement against Israel. The bill approved Wednesday by a vote of 38-9 prevents state funds from being invested in companies that boycott Israel. The bill was passed in February year by the Iowa state…

  • ‘Anti-Semitic’ Taft letter opposing Brandeis nomination to be auctioned

    (JTA) — A letter written by former President William Howard Taft opposing the nomination of Louis Brandeis to become a Supreme Court justice and called anti-Semitic is on the auction block. The four-page letter, which Taft wrote to the Washington-based Jewish journalist Gus Karger and making reference to Brandeis’ Jewishness, is part of an online…

  • GOP mega donor Charles Koch compares Donald Trump’s Muslim policy to Nazis

    (JTA) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch compared Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to register all Muslims in the United States to Nazi Germany. In a wide-ranging interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Koch called Trump’s reported idea of creating a database of all Muslims in the United States “reminiscent of Nazi Germany. I mean…

  • 3 Palestinians arrested in plan to carry out Passover attack

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three West Bank Palestinians, including two teenagers, were arrested for allegedly planning to carry out a Passover terror attack on Israelis. The three suspects from the Nablus area in the West Bank were arrested by the Shin Bet security service at an apartment in eastern Jerusalem on Monday night, Ynet reported. None…

  • 2 Jewish visitors beaten, ejected from Temple Mount for bowing in prayer

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Muslim worshippers attacked two Jewish men on the Temple Mount on Tuesday after the Jews bowed in prayer in violation of the visiting rules. The Jewish men were beaten as they prostrated themselves. The Muslims clashed with police attempting to protect the Jewish visitors, who were ejected from the site. A video…