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  • Report: Pro-settlements firm forged 14 of 15 West Bank land deals

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly all of the West Bank real estate acquisitions made by a company run by a pro-settlement activist were forged. The details of the transactions by the Al-Watan company, owned by the Amana housing company and run by director-general Zeev Hever, were broadcast Monday on Israel’s Channel 1. A full report was…

  • FBI launches Persian Facebook page to collect Levinson leads

    (JTA) — The FBI reportedly launched a Persian-language Facebook page in an effort to collect tips from Iranians on the disappearance of Robert Levinson. The page looking for leads on Levinson, a Jewish-American who went missing in 2007, went live in recent weeks, The Associated Press reported Monday. Pages also are planned in Arabic and…

  • Clinton campaign claims Iowa victory, Sanders calls result a ‘virtual tie’

    (JTA) — Hillary Clinton’s campaign claimed victory in the tightly contested Democratic Iowa caucus against Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders, with Sanders telling supporters it was a “virtual tie.” Clinton finished with 49.9 percent of the Iowa precincts and Sanders 49.6 percent early Tuesday morning. Sanders’ campaign had not conceded as of the morning. Sanders told…

  • Dozens of headstones toppled at Indiana Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — More than 50 headstones were toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Indiana. Several of the headstones were damaged in the vandalism discovered Monday afternoon at the Fort Wayne Jewish Cemetery by volunteer cemetery workers. There was no accompanying graffiti. Many of the granite stones were so large that it would have taken at…

  • Egalitarian section of Western Wall ‘profanes’ holy site, haredi group Agudah says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The approval of an egalitarian section of the Western Wall “profanes” the holy site, the haredi Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America said. “Designating an area at the Kotel Maaravi (Western Wall) for feminist and mixed-gender prayer not only profanes the holy site, it creates yet a further lamentable rift between Jews,”…

  • Detention of Jewish extremist Meir Ettinger extended

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The administrative detention of Meir Ettinger, the suspected head of a right-wing Jewish terrorist cell, was extended by four months. On Monday, while the detention of Meir Ettinger was extended with the approval of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, according to reports, the detention of right-wing Jewish extremist Eviatar Slonim was ended. Slonim…

  • Burger King returns to Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — After a six-year absence, Burger King is reopening in Israel. The first Burger King franchise since 2010 was scheduled to open Monday night in Tel Aviv. Fifty branches are expected to open in the next five years at an initial investment of about $12 million, the Israeli business newspaper Globes reported. French businessman…

  • Israeli film in Arabic takes world prize at Sundance

    (JTA) — The Arabic-language Israeli film “Sand Storm” won the top prize for a foreign film at the Sundance Film Festival. The film took the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night. Written and directed by a Jewish-Israeli, Elite Zexer, “Sand Storm” was making its debut at the annual festival in Utah. In the…

  • Jerusalem grand mufti condemns Western Wall agreement

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The grand mufti of Jerusalem has condemned the agreement approved by Israel’s Cabinet to establish an egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wall. The area next to the Western Wall is “the property of the Islamic Waqf that was taken by the Israeli occupation in 1967,” Sheik Muhammad Hussien said in a…

  • LA Lakers sign Jewish teenager with brain cancer to one-day deal

    (JTA) — The Los Angeles Lakers signed a Jewish teenager with brain cancer to a one-day contract. Yitzi Teichman of Baltimore signed the one-day contract on Sunday for the team’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was given a jersey with the number 18, which in Hebrew is chai, or…