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  • Matisyahu gives surprise concert at Jewish summer camp

      (JTA) — Matisyahu gave a surprise concert to campers and staff at a modern Orthodox summer camp in Pennsylvania. On Monday, the reggae star showed up at Camp Moshava in Honesdale, where his children are campers, the Arutz-7 news website reported. He performed his hits “One Day,” “Sunshine” and “Jerusalem,” among other songs. Before…

  • UC Irvine sanctions pro-Palestinian campus group for disrupting Israel event

    (JTA) — The University of California, Irvine, has sanctioned a pro-Palestinian group for disrupting a program hosted by a Jewish campus group and intimidating Jewish students. The UC Irvine Students for Justice in Palestine chapter will be issued a “written warning, effective immediately,” that will be in effect until March, the Campus Reform website reported…

  • Anti-BDS group distances itself from conservative foundation’s poster campaign

    (JTA) — A Jewish group founded by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and other Jewish donors  to fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel on campus said it regrets that a grant it provided funded a poster campaign that targeted pro-Palestinian student activists as “Jew haters” and terrorists’ allies. The Maccabee Task Force issued its…

  • Israeli troops rescue Hasidic group illegally visiting Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops rescued a group of haredi Orthodox Jews who attempted to visit Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus. Two of the some 60 Jewish pilgrims who visited the holy site overnight Tuesday were injured by Palestinian rock throwers. Half of the Jewish visitors, members of the Breslover movement…

  • Boxer Dustin Fleischer has second bar mitzvah on Masada

    (JTA) — Undefeated boxer Dustin Fleischer had a second bar mitzvah on Masada during a Birthright Israel trip. Fleischer, nicknamed “The White Tiger,” was part of an Aug. 10-21 Birthright Israel trip sponsored by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, based in the central part of the state. He is the grandson of…

  • London’s Muslim mayor hit with anti-Semitic messages for not backing Corbyn to lead Labour

    (JTA) — London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a European capital city, has been bombarded with anti-Semitic messages since he said he would not support Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election. Several of the messages suggested that he had been influenced by Jews, the London-based news website Jewishnews.uk reported. The mayor…

  • IDF bombs Syrian mortar launcher after shells fired into Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military bombed a mortar launch pad in the Golan Heights belonging to the Syrian army after mortar shells fired from Syria hit northern Israel. The mortar shells that exploded Monday evening in Israeli territory were believed to be errant rebel fire from Syria’s civil war. No warning sirens were triggered…

  • Israeli medalist auctioning autographed Olympic name patch for charity

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 63-kg judo competition at the Rio Olympics, is auctioning off her Olympic name patch for charity. Gerbi has offered the name patch for sale on eBay, and agreed to autograph it with a dedication to the buyer. The proceeds from…

  • DC intersection hit with anti-Semitic graffiti for 5th time in August

    (JTA) — Anti-Semitic graffiti has appeared for the fifth time this month at one of the busiest intersections in the Chinatown section of Washington, D.C. On Monday, swastikas were discovered painted on a street there, the DCist news website reported. A swastika also was drawn on the door of a corner Starbucks, according to the…

  • Israel approves planning for new Jewish homes in Hebron

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government has approved the planning of new housing for Jews in the predominantly Arab West Bank city of Hebron. COGAT, the Israel Defense Forces Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit, which coordinates civilian issues in the West Bank, confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that permission was granted…