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  • 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,…

  • New York state releases blacklist of 13 foreign firms that back BDS

    (JTA) — New York state has released a blacklist of 13 foreign companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement against Israel. The list on stationary from the Office of General Services is dated Dec. 2. It was first reported by the New York Post. Among the companies on the list are…

  • Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn visits former Nazi camp at Terezin

    (JTA) — British Labor Party head Jeremy Corbyn visited the former Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt during his visit to the Czech Republic. Corbyn paid tribute to the victims of the camp at the site, which is now a memorial and museum, on Saturday. He tweeted about his visit: “Yesterday, I visited Terezin Memorial – a World War II concentration…

  • Jewish protesters to Trump: Fire Stephen Bannon

    (JTA) — Hundreds of Jews and their supporters demonstrating in Southern California called on President-elect Donald Trump to fire Stephen Bannon as his chief White House strategist. The protesters rallying Sunday in front of Breitbart News headquarters in Beverly Hills also said Trump should denounce Bannon, the former executive editor of the far-right website. Between 300 and 400 people attended…

  • Shimon Peres’ son, granddaughter to light Hanukkah candles at White House

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The son and a granddaughter of the late Israeli President Shimon Peres reportedly will join the first family to mark Chanukah at the White House. Nechemia “Chemi” Peres and Mika Almog will join President Barack Obama and wife Michelle for their last traditional Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the White House, Ynet reported Monday….

  • Poll: Donald Trump will be ‘pro-Israel president,’ most Israelis believe

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 83 percent of Israelis believe that President-elect Donald Trump will be a “pro-Israel president,” according to a new poll. The poll commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation also found that 49 percent of Israelis thought that the status of Jews in America would remain the same in the wake of the…

  • Bob Dylan sending acceptance speech to be read at Nobel ceremony

    (JTA) — American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, will send a speech to be read aloud at the awards presentation in Stockholm. The Nobel Foundation announced his acceptance speech will be read at the Dec. 10 banquet. One prize winner per category traditionally gives an acceptance speech at the banquet. The speech…

  • Brooklyn mother who lost 7 children in house fire plans to build family center on site

    (JTA) — The Brooklyn mother who lost seven of her children in a house fire said in her first public remarks on the March 2015 tragedy that she wants to build a center for families on the site of her razed home. “What consoles me most is working on the positive — not lamenting on…

  • Stolen Dachau front gate reading ‘Work makes you free’ recovered after 2 years

    (JTA) — The iron gate greeting Dachau prisoners with a sign saying “Work makes you free” in German was found in Norway two years after it was stolen from the former Nazi camp in Germany. The recovery of the stolen section of the gate from the prisoners’ entrance reading “Arbeit macht frei” was announced Friday. The gate…

  • Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer loses Austrian presidential bid

    (JTA) — Austria’s far-right candidate for president conceded to his Independent rival, Alexander Van der Bellen. Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party conceded Sunday on his Facebook page after initial projections showed Van der Bellen, backed by the Green Party, with an estimated 53.6 percent of the vote to Hofer’s 46.4 percent. The office of the…