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  • Thousands of Israeli Wazers report roadkill incidents

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 12,000 Waze users in Israel have reported incidents of roadkill over the last six months in an effort to help save Israeli wildlife. Waze, a popular navigation app, partnered with The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, or SPNI, to determine which Israeli roads are the most dangerous to…

  • Haredi Orthodox mob in Jerusalem pelts Israeli police with stones, calls soldiers Nazis

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Haredi Orthodox Jews pelted police with stones, eggs and other objects while the officers tried to remove three Israeli soldiers who were being verbally attacked at evening services in Jerusalem. The three soldiers were in uniform when they entered the synagogue in the haredi Mea Shearim neighborhood on Wednesday night. Residents surrounded…

  • Israel breaks ground on first new settlement in decades

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel broke ground on a new West Bank settlement — its first in more than two decades — to house the evacuated residents of an illegal outpost. Preliminary work began this week on Amichai, meaning “my nation lives,” for the residents of Amona, who were forced to leave in February. Some 100…

  • Hitler graffiti on California elementary school not a hate crime, police say

    (JTA) — Police have not classified graffiti referencing Adolf Hitler on a Northern California school as a hate crime. The graffiti was discovered Saturday at the Edison Elementary School in Alameda, which has suffered several anti-Semitic incidents this term, the East Bay Times reported Wednesday. It was drawn in marker and quickly cleaned up, according…

  • Otto Warmbier’s family hid his Jewishness to aid negotiations with North Korea

    (JTA) — The family of Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student imprisoned by North Korea who died after being sent back comatose to the United States, hid his Jewishness from the public as negotiations for his release took place, a family spokesman said. Warmbier, 22, a Cincinnati native, was traveling on a student tour…

  • Islamic group salutes a Jewish agency for fighting Trump’s refugee ban

    (JTA) — HIAS, a Jewish agency that resettles refugees in the United States, was honored by the humanitarian organization Islamic Relief USA for its “tireless work assisting refugees and for standing up against the refugee ban in the court of law.” HIAS was among three organizations and six individuals who spearheaded the litigation against President Donald Trump’s…

  • Conservative seminary: Ban stands on clergy performing interfaith marriages

    (JTA) — The Jewish Theological Seminary, which trains rabbis for the Conservative movement, said it is committed to keeping its ban on clergy from performing interfaith wedding ceremonies. A statement issued Wednesday comes in response to the announcement last week by two rabbis who belong to the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis, that…

  • Airline cannot ask women to move seats for haredi Orthodox men, Israeli judge rules

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — El Al airlines cannot ask women to move seats to accommodate a man who does not want to sit next to a woman, a Jerusalem court found in response to a lawsuit filed by a Holocaust survivor in her 80s. In a decision handed down Wednesday, Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Dana Cohen-Lekah said the…

  • Heirs of Nazi-looted art collection can sue Hungarian museums in US courts

    (JTA) — The heirs of one of the largest prewar art collections in Hungary can sue in the United States for the recovery of some of the works from Hungarian institutions, a federal court ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that the heirs of Baron Mór Lipót Herzog…

  • Israel cuts electricity supply to Gaza for 3rd day per Abbas request

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel cut the electricity it supplies to the Gaza Strip for the third day, honoring a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The cuts to Gaza City and southern Gaza were made Wednesday, amounting to a 30 percent cut over the past three days. Gaza residents are getting two to three…