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  • 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…

  • Indian state grants minority status to Jewish community

    (JTA) — A second state in India has granted minority status to the country’s Jewish community. On Wednesday, the state Cabinet of Maharashtra approved the proposal to make the Jewish community a notified minority. About 5,000 Jews live in India, of which nearly half live in the state of Maharashtra, home to the capital of Mumbai….

  • Netanyahu, Kerry to meet in Rome with French peace initiative on the agenda

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry next week in Rome. The two leaders are said to be meeting to discuss Israel resuming peace talks with the Palestinians and more specifically the French peace initiative that Israel has rejected. On Monday, the foreign ministers of…

  • Girl, 11, killed at Indiana camp remembered as ‘sweet, polite and kind’

    (JTA) — The 11-year-old Ohio girl killed when a tree fell on a cabin at a Jewish camp in Indiana has been identified. Jadyn Larky of Bexley, a Columbus suburb, was the victim of the accident at Camp Livingston in Bennington, according to an email sent by the city’s mayor, Ben Kessler, to its employees,…

  • Anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses doubled in 2015, ADL reports

    (JTA) — Anti-Semitic incidents on American college campuses nearly doubled in 2015, the Anti-Defamation League reported. In addition, the number of anti-Semitic assaults across the country increased by more than 60 percent, according to the organization’s audit of such incidents released Wednesday. A total of 90 incidents were reported on 60 college campuses last year, compared with 47 incidents…

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbinate agrees to mikvah immersion without attendant

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The use of an attendant during mikvah immersion in Israel will be changed from mandatory to optional. Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and Ministry of Religious Services agreed on the change in a filing Wednesday with the Supreme Court. The state religious bodies were responding to a suit filed by ITIM, a group that…

  • Give fired coach David Blatt a championship ring, Israeli lawmaker urges Cavs’ Jewish owner

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli lawmaker reportedly has written to the Jewish owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers asking him to give a 2016 NBA championship ring to David Blatt, the team’s former head coach. Nachman Shai of the Zionist Union party sent the letter Tuesday to Dan Gilbert, The Jerusalem Post reported, in his position…

  • Israel, US sign cyber defense cooperation agreement

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and the United States have signed a joint declaration on operative cyber defense cooperation. The agreement was signed Tuesday in Israel by Israel National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania and National Cyber Security Authority head Buky Carmeli in the presence of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Under Secretary…

  • Ethiopian chief rabbi in Israel to stay in post following reports of forced retirement

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel said it would extend the contract of the Ethiopian community’s chief rabbi by six months a day after reports that he would be forced into retirement. The Religious Affairs Ministry’s CEO, Oded Fluss, wrote to Rabbi Yosef Hadane telling him that his three-decades long tenure would continue until February at the…