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  • ‘Moonlight’ named Best Picture at Academy Awards after ‘La La Land’ mix-up

    (JTA) — “Moonlight” was named Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards two minutes as the cast of the film “La La Land” arrived on stage after being announced for the award. “LA La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz realized the mistake after being approached onstage by Academy security at the end of the Sunday night…

  • Joseph Wapner, retired judge who starred on ‘The People’s Court,’ dies at 97

    (JTA) — Joseph Wapner, the retired judge who starred on “The People’s Court” — the first television reality show — has died. Wapner died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97. “The People’s Court” premiered in September 1981, and Wapner heard thousands of cases during his 12 years on the show, according…

  • Omri Casspi waived by NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans after breaking thumb

    (JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans less than a week after he was traded to the team. Casspi was waived by the Pelicans on Saturday, after suffering a broken thumb Thursday night in his debut with the team. Casspi was part…

  • Yad Vashem calls on Amazon to stop selling books denying the Holocaust

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Yad Vashem Holocaust museum has called on online retailer Amazon to remove books that deny the Holocaust from its websites. Dr. Robert Rozett, director of the Yad Vashem Libraries, last week sent an email to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, requesting that he immediately remove the books from the sites. “It has…

  • Dozens of headstones overturned at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — Dozens of headstones were overturned and broken at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. The vandalism at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia was discovered on Sunday. The damage was found across the entire cemetery with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of headstones affected, the local ABC affiliate WPVI reported. The discovery…

  • Swastika made of feces found at Rhode Island school

    (JTA) — A swastika made with human feces was found in a dormitory bathroom at the Rhode Island School of Design. The existence of the swastika was confirmed by the school on Thursday, but reportedly was discovered a week ago.  It was discovered in a gender-neutral bathroom, according to reports. “This level of disrespect and…

  • Montana House advances bill prohibiting state from ties with businesses that boycott Israel

    (JTA) — The Montana House advanced a bill that would prohibit the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. The bill passed a second reading the House on Saturday by a vote of 59-41. It must still pass a third reading before it leaves the House. The bill would prevent public agencies, including…

  • Report: Trump administration considering pulling out of UN Human Rights Council

    (JTA) — The Trump administration is considering pulling out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in part over its targeting of Israel, Politico reported. The withdrawal is not expected in time for the council’s new session, which starts on Monday, Politico reported Saturday, citing two unnamed sources in regular contact with former and current U.S….

  • Swastikas, racial slurs spray painted on cars, building, school playground near Buffalo

    (JTA) — About one dozen swastikas and racial slurs were drawn on cars and a building in a suburb of Buffalo, New York. A nearby elementary school playground and railway overpasses were similarly vandalized. The spray painted swastikas and slurs were discovered on Saturday morning and were believed to have been painted late on Friday…

  • Anti-Semitic vandalism discovered at Drake University

    (JTA) — Anti-Semitic vandalism discovered on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, is being investigated by the university as a hate crime. The anti-Semitic slur was discovered carved into a chair in a university lecture hall last week. “Let me be clear that we will not tolerate acts of oppression and hate,…