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  • State Department: Outpost bill ‘profoundly damaging’ to peace prospects

    (JTA) — The U.S. State Department said it was “profoundly concerned” about a controversial bill that would help legalize West Bank outposts built on Palestinian land. Asked about the measure, known as the Regulation Bill, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that the enactment of such a law is “profoundly damaging to the prospects for a two-state solution.”…

  • Ruderman Foundation recognizes five groups with inclusion prize

    (JTA) — The Ruderman Family Foundation recognized five companies and organizations that run programs to foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The foundation on Wednesday announced the winners of its fifth annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, which awards five grants totaling $250,000 “as recognition for the critical work being done, and to ensure…

  • 90 Holocaust remembrance institutions, 70 scholars decry rise in hate speech

    (JTA) — Ninety U.S. Holocaust remembrance institutions, and more than 70 individual scholars and educators, have decried a rise in intolerance and hate speech. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the signatories also called on U.S. lawmakers to condemn white nationalist groups and asked citizens to be vigilant. “Recent months have seen a surge in unabashed…

  • Heirs of Jewish art dealer sue German state for return of Nazi-looted artwork

    (JTA) — The heirs of a German-Jewish art dealer have sued the German state of Bavaria in order to recover eight paintings they said were looted by the Nazis. Alfred Flechtheim was forced to leave the paintings by Max Beckmann, Juan Gris and Paul Klee when he fled Berlin in May 1933 to escape the…

  • Burger King Israel introduces doughnut burger for Hanukkah

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Burger King restaurants in Israel have introduced a doughnut burger for the Hanukkah season. The SufganiKing is a Whopper  with savory doughnuts in place of buns. Its name is a play on the Hebrew word for doughnuts, sufganiyot, which are ubiquitous on every Israeli street corner in the weeks leading up to…

  • Online petition calls on Trump to move US Embassy to Jerusalem

    (JTA) — The Orthodox Union has started an online petition calling on President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The move would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “chosen capital,” the O.U. petition on Change.org says. It also notes that June 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the…

  • Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube agree to curb terror content online

    (JTA) — Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube said they will partner to curb the spread of terrorist content online. “There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services. When alerted, we take swift action against this kind of content in accordance with our respective policies,” said a statement released Monday…

  • ADL decries attack on Muslim police officer and son in NY

    (JTA) — Anti-Muslim attacks have “absolutely no place in our neighborhoods,” the Anti-Defamation League said following an attack on an off-duty New York police officer wearing a hijab and her teenage son. The ADL in a statement condemned the weekend incident in Brooklyn. Aml Elsokary and her son were accosted by an assailant who shoved…

  • Mysterious golden Netanyahu statue toppled in Tel Aviv

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared overnight in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, only to be knocked down hours later by Israelis. Israeli sculptor Itay Zalait placed the sculpture mounted on a white platform as a political statement and called on the public to “topple” it. He said it was…

  • Jared Kushner’s family foundation donated tens of thousands of dollars to West Bank groups

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The charitable foundation of the parents of Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to West Bank groups and institutions, an Israeli newspaper reported. The Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation has given a few million dollars a year to charitable causes, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported,…