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  • Journalist Julia Ioffe, targeted with anti-Semitic messages during 2016 campaign, hired by The Atlantic

    (JTA) — The Atlantic magazine has hired journalist Julia Ioffe to cover national security, foreign policy and politics. Ioffe, who previously covered the 2016 election for Politico, was targeted during the campaign with anti-Semitic messages from supporters of Donald Trump following a critical profile she wrote in May about Trump’s wife, Melania. Ioffe’s Twitter feed…

  • Netanyahu reportedly rejects invitation to meet Abbas, Hollande in Paris

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly rejected an invitation to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud in Paris. Haaretz reported Wednesday that Netanyahu rejected the invitation from French President Francois Hollande due to the Israeli government’s objection to France’s initiative to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hollande reportedly plans to hold a meeting of…

  • New trial ordered for convicted Palestinian terrorist who lied on U.S. citizenship application

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A federal judge in Detroit has ordered a new trial for a convicted Palestinian terrorist who lied on her application for U.S. citizenship. Rasmieh Odeh, 69, of Chicago, was granted U.S. citizenship without disclosing her conviction by an Israeli military court for involvement in two bombings, one of which killed two Israelis at…

  • Holocaust survivor who fought off purse snatcher questions jail for attacker

    (JTA) — A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor who fought off a purse snatcher said the alleged attacker arrested this week should not go to jail if she is mentally ill. Gina Zuckerman, a Holocaust survivor from Poland, was 90 when she was jumped by a purse snatcher in September near New York’s Washington Square Park. The assailant tried…

  • Report: Israel fired surface-to-surface missiles at a Syrian military airbase

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a Syrian military airbase outside Damascus, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported. The missiles were fired from “occupied territories,” causing a fire but no human casualties, SANA reported, citing an unnamed military source. The source told SANA that the attack is a “desperate” attempt on the…

  • State Department: Outpost bill ‘profoundly damaging’ to peace prospects

    (JTA) — The U.S. State Department said it was “profoundly concerned” about a controversial bill that would help legalize West Bank outposts built on Palestinian land. Asked about the measure, known as the Regulation Bill, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that the enactment of such a law is “profoundly damaging to the prospects for a two-state solution.”…

  • Ruderman Foundation recognizes five groups with inclusion prize

    (JTA) — The Ruderman Family Foundation recognized five companies and organizations that run programs to foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The foundation on Wednesday announced the winners of its fifth annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, which awards five grants totaling $250,000 “as recognition for the critical work being done, and to ensure…

  • 90 Holocaust remembrance institutions, 70 scholars decry rise in hate speech

    (JTA) — Ninety U.S. Holocaust remembrance institutions, and more than 70 individual scholars and educators, have decried a rise in intolerance and hate speech. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the signatories also called on U.S. lawmakers to condemn white nationalist groups and asked citizens to be vigilant. “Recent months have seen a surge in unabashed…

  • Heirs of Jewish art dealer sue German state for return of Nazi-looted artwork

    (JTA) — The heirs of a German-Jewish art dealer have sued the German state of Bavaria in order to recover eight paintings they said were looted by the Nazis. Alfred Flechtheim was forced to leave the paintings by Max Beckmann, Juan Gris and Paul Klee when he fled Berlin in May 1933 to escape the…

  • Burger King Israel introduces doughnut burger for Hanukkah

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Burger King restaurants in Israel have introduced a doughnut burger for the Hanukkah season. The SufganiKing is a Whopper  with savory doughnuts in place of buns. Its name is a play on the Hebrew word for doughnuts, sufganiyot, which are ubiquitous on every Israeli street corner in the weeks leading up to…