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  • IFCJ, JDC to distribute $52 million in humanitarian aid to Jews in former Soviet Union

    (JTA) — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has pledged $52 million to provide food and medicine to elderly Jews living in the former Soviet Union through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The Food and Medicine Lifeline, a four-year, $13 million per year commitment, was announced Monday by the IFCJ. Many of the…

  • Holocaust survivor, 100, takes US citizenship oath to vote in November

    (JTA) — A 100-year-old Holocaust survivor has officially become a U.S. citizen in order to vote in the November presidential election. Menia Perelman of South Florida, who arrived in the United States at 84, told the local media that she wanted to become a citizen so she could vote in the contest. She took the oath of…

  • Donald Trump hosts Benjamin Netanyahu in NY, backs defense ‘investment’

    (JTA) — Donald Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his Trump Tower apartment and for the first time described American defense assistance to Israel as an “investment.” The Republican presidential nominee also said he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital during the hour-plus meeting Sunday, the Trump campaign said in a statement…

  • Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander says he’ll leave US if Trump elected

    (JTA) — Historian Saul Friedlander said he would leave the United States if Donald Trump were elected president. Friedlander, a Pulitzer Prize-winning international expert on the Holocaust who lives in Los Angeles, told the French news agency AFP in an interview that Trump is a “dangerous crazy” who could pull off a win in the…

  • Jewish official resigns from Labour Party after Corbyn re-elected

    (JTA) — Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected head of the British Labour Party, leading to the resignation of a Jewish official from the party. Corbyn handily defeated challenger Owen Wilson, 313,209 to 193,229, the party announced at the start of its conference on Saturday. Parry Mitchell announced his resignation following the results. He had told the London-based Jewish…

  • Male Israeli soldiers allowed to ask out of serving with women

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli soldiers can request not to serve alongside women and to be excused from any military event that goes against their beliefs, according to a new directive. The directive by Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, published Sunday and distributed to all units, comes as Eisenkot has decided not to establish any additional…

  • Trump’s Israel adviser: Annexing West Bank won’t harm country’s Jewish character

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel could annex the West Bank without damaging the country’s Jewish character, an adviser on Israel to Donald Trump said. David Friedman, who also is a longtime attorney for the Republican presidential nominee, made the remarks during a recent meeting in New York with Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council. The…

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown signs anti-BDS bill into law

    (JTA) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that requires companies doing business with the state to certify that they do not boycott or discriminate against any sovereign state, including Israel. Brown signed the State Assembly bill on Saturday afternoon; the Assembly had passed the bill last month in a 69-1 vote. The…

  • Bernie Sanders’ brother running for British Parliament

    (JTA) — The brother of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is running for the Parliament in Britain. Larry Sanders, 81, is running as the Green Party candidate for the seat being vacated by former Prime Minister David Cameron, who has held it for the Witney constituency in Oxfordshire in southern England since 2001. Cameron resigned…

  • Netanyahu apologizes for comparing Hebron shooter’s parents to fallen soldiers’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for comparing the suffering of the parents of a soldier on trial for shooting a subdued Palestinian attacker to those of fallen soldiers. Netanyahu on Saturday night told Israel’s Channel 2 that he did not regret making a supportive telephone call to the father of Elor Azaria,…