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  • President Reuven Rivlin speaks with Turkey’s Erdogan over objections by Israel’s Foreign Ministry

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by phone at the Turkish president’s request despite objections from Israel’s Foreign Ministry. The call took place a week after a terror attack at the Temple Mount by three Arab Israelis left two Druze Israel Police officers dead and led…

  • Thousands rally in Israel for same-sex couples who want to adopt

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands rallied in Tel Aviv to show their support for same-sex couples who want to adopt children. The demonstrators held signs reading “We are not second class citizens” and “Bibi go home” at the rally Wednesday evening. Television anchor Nadav Borenstein and singer Harel Skaat, who are both gay, hosted the rally near the…

  • Jamaica’s 1st kosher restaurant serves spicy jerk cuisine

    (JTA) — Jamaica has its first kosher restaurant. Kosher Hot Spot, run by Chabad of Jamaica, will serve the island nation’s famous jerk cooking in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. The eatery, which opened last week, is located on Montego Bay’s “hip strip,” which is home…

  • Israeli operation assisting thousands of Syrians harmed by civil war

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military said an operation it started a year ago has treated thousands of Syrians and provided thousands of tons of aid to Syrians dealing with its nation’s civil war. The Israel Defense Forces announced its “Operation Good Neighbor” on Wednesday, saying it has a “moral imperative” to provide aid to…

  • Brooklyn family of 5 kicked off JetBlue flight

    (JTA) — A family of five from Brooklyn was sent off a JetBlue flight in Florida, with the reason in dispute. Tamir Raanan and his wife, Mandy Ifrah, were ready to fly home with their three children from Fort Lauderdale last month when their 1-year-old daughter kicked the seat of the passenger in front of…

  • Israeli blogger sentenced to 3 years in prison in Azerbaijan

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli blogger who also holds Russian and Ukrainian citizenship was sentenced to three years in prison in Azerbaijan for illegally entering Nagorno-Karabakh, which is disputed territory with Armenia. Alexander Lapshin, 40, of Haifa, writes a Russian-language travel blog called Life Adventures that chronicles his trips to 122 countries, as well as…

  • Radiohead concert in Tel Aviv draws 47,000

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Radiohead played its longest concert in 11 years for the 47,000 fans who flooded a Tel Aviv park. “A lot of stuff was said about this. But in the end, we played some music,” frontman Thom Yorke told the crowd Wednesday in Yarkon Park before the last song of the night, a…

  • Jared Kushner to testify before Senate committee over Russia ties

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Kushner will appear before the committee in a closed-door session Monday. He is expected to answer the committee’s questions and not invoke his…

  • Palestinian shot dead in attempted stabbing attack in West Bank

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians rioted in the West Bank at the site of an attempted stabbing attack by a Palestinian against a group of Israeli soldiers, who shot and killed the assailant. During the clashes Thursday afternoon near the Palestinian village of Teqoa, the Israeli forces shot live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets toward the…

  • French left-wing leader slams president for saying France was responsible for WWII atrocities

    (JTA) — French left-wing leader Jean-Luc Melenchon slammed the country’s new president for saying that the French government was responsible for the deportation and death of French Jews during World War II. In a blog post Wednesday, Melenchon blasted Emmanuel Macron’s speech Sunday at a Holocaust commemoration event in which the president forcefully acknowledged his…