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  • Jared Kushner meets with Netanyahu during one-day visit to Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jared Kushner met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem. Kushner is in Israel for a one-day visit to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials in a bid to push Israel and the Palestinians toward renewed peace talks. “This is an opportunity to pursue our common goals of…

  • Musicologist Richard Taruskin awarded ‘Japanese Nobel’

    (JTA) — Musicologist Richard Taruskin has been awarded a 2017 Kyoto Prize, the Japanese Nobel. Taruskin, a professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of the six-volume “The Oxford History of Western Music” (2004). In a much-talked-about essay in 1989, he described composer Igor Stravinsky’s fascist and anti-Semitic tendencies in the 1930s,…

  • Amar’e Stoudemire unsure if he will play basketball again in Israel next year

    (JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire returned to Miami from Israel but does not know if he will be back to play basketball despite applying for citizenship. Stoudemire and his Hapoel Jerusalem club won the Israel Premier League championship last week. “It felt amazing after a long season to lift up the championship trophy,” the former NBA…

  • Swastikas painted on walls inside Jerusalem synagogue

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Swastikas were painted on the walls inside of a synagogue in central Jerusalem. The vandalism was discovered Wednesday morning in the Hasidic Lelov synagogue in the Nachalot neighborhood. Swastikas were painted as well as on the outside walls of nearby apartment buildings. Police said the vandal or vandals also attempted to set…

  • Mother of attacker who killed Israeli policewoman arrested for glorifying terrorism

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli forces arrested the mother of a Palestinian teenager involved in the murder of an Israeli border policewoman over statements she made glorifying terrorism and calling for more attacks on Jews. The woman was arrested Wednesday morning after telling Israel’s Kan national broadcaster in an interview that she was proud of her…

  • Jared Kushner visits home of Israeli policewoman killed in terror attack

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jared Kushner upon arriving in Israel on Wednesday visited the family of an Israeli border policewoman stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist. Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump as well as the president’s Jewish son-in-law, is in Israel to lead the Trump administration’s push for restarted peace talks between…

  • Swastikas painted on suburban NY home sold by Jewish-owned agent

    (JTA) — Swastikas and the word “hate” were spray-painted on a suburban New York home newly sold by a Jewish-owned real estate agency. The vandalism was discovered Saturday in Clarkstown, a Rockland County town about 30 miles from New York City. Late last month,  the words “No Jews” were spray painted from floor to ceiling on…

  • San Francisco State students past and present sue university over alleged atmosphere of anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — A group of former and current Jewish San Francisco State University students and members of the local Jewish community have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the university tolerates and encourages anti-Semitic activity. According to the lawsuit filed Monday by six plaintiffs in San Francisco District Court, “SFSU and its administrators have knowingly…

  • Star of David, swastika smeared in feces on Connecticut TV studio

    (JTA) — A Star of David and a swastika were smeared in feces on the window of a television station in Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford Jewish leaders on Monday in the hours following the incident called for more security in the city. Workers at the Rich Forum Media Center called police on Monday morning to inform…

  • Jason Greenblatt visits home of slain Israeli policewoman, Western Wall

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jason Greenblatt paid a shiva visit to the family of an Israel border policewoman stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist and visited the Western Wall before meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials. Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, arrived Sunday in Israel. That evening he visited the…