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  • Netanyahu leaving for Rome to meet Kerry

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled on Sunday to Rome to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The meetings on Sunday and Monday also will include Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Netanyahu said Sunday morning in Jerusalem at the weekly Cabinet meeting that the leaders will discuss “regional processes, the…

  • Birthright trip offers college credits

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The first Birthright trip offering Jewish students from the United States academic credit is currently traveling in Israel. The students will attend academic courses at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, or IDC, and at Ben Gurion University in the Negev during their two-week stay. The program will entitle participants to three academic…

  • As Turkey reconciliation looms, Netanyahu says Israel working to bring killed soldiers home

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel is doing everything it can to bring the bodies of two soldiers killed in Gaza home to their parents, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The families of soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin both released statements on Saturday night slamming a reported reconciliation deal with Turkey, saying that the return…

  • Jerusalem gay pride parade stabber sentenced to life in prison

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yishai Schlissel, , the haredi Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, leaving a 16-year-old girl dead, was sentenced to life in prison. The Jerusalem District court on Sunday morning also ordered Schlissel to pay compensation to the family of Shira Banki, the dead girl, and to…

  • Abbas walks back claim that rabbis called to poison Palestinian water

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas walked back his claim that Israeli rabbis had called for the poisoning of Palestinian water and said that he did not intend to offend Jewish people. In his address Thursday to the European Parliament in Brussels, which earned a standing ovation from parliament representatives, Abbas alleged that…

  • Led Zeppelin did not steal ‘Stairway’ anthem from Jewish rocker, jury rules

    (JTA) — The British rock band Led Zeppelin did not steal the famous anthem used in “Stairway to Heaven” from another rock band, a federal jury decided Thursday. The verdict on a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the late Randy Wolfe, aka Randy California, the Jewish frontman for the American psychedelic group Spirit, was…

  • Netanyahu accuses Abbas of spreading ‘blood libel’ in EU speech that earns standing ovation

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of spreading a blood libel in his address Thursday to the European Parliament in Brussels. In the speech, which earned a standing ovation from parliament representatives, Abbas alleged that Israeli rabbis called this week for the poisoning of Palestinian water, a…

  • Steven Sotloff’s parents implore Obama to bring home a missing American journalist

    (JTA) — The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish freelance journalist beheaded by the Islamic State nearly two years ago, have joined the families of three other killed U.S. hostages in urging President Barack Obama to bring home a missing American hostage. Shirley and Arthur Sotloff, in an essay published Wednesday in the McClatchy newspapers,…

  • Ban champ Tyson Fury from boxing over anti-Semitic comments, ex-titlist Wladimir Klitschko says

    (JTA) — Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko called for his successor to the crown, Tyson Fury, to be banned from boxing over anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist comments. On Thursday, Klitschko described the remarks in May by Fury, who took the Ukrainian’s title in November, as “Hitler-like.” Fury, 27, of Britain, was filmed warning viewers not…

  • Abbas declines meeting with Rivlin while both in Brussels

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed regret that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declined to meet with him while the two leaders were in Brussels. Martin Schultz, the parliament’s president, had offered to arrange and mediate the meeting while both Abbas and Rivlin were at the European Union to speak to the Parliament and…