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  • Israeli troops come under fire on Gaza border

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops came under fire Tuesday on the border with Gaza hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the border and remarked on its quietness. An Israeli army engineering vehicle was hit in the fire from northern Gaza and damaged by the bullets, the Israel Defense Forces said. There has been…

  • Britain’s Labour reportedly has suspended 50 members over racism, anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Britain’s Labour Party reportedly has secretly suspended 50 members in the past two months over anti-Semitic and racist comments. The suspensions by the party’s compliance unit were reported in the British daily The Telegraph on Monday evening, citing a senior source within the party. Up to 20 members have been suspended in the…

  • Palestinian teen convicted in murder of Israeli mother of 6

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teenager was convicted in the murder of Dafna Meir, a mother of six, in her West Bank home. On Monday, the 16-year-old assailant was convicted of murder and illegal possession of a weapon in Judea military court, the Israel Defense Forces announced the following day. He was arrested two days…

  • Attempt to smuggle rocket-manufacturing material into Gaza thwarted

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A shipment of 40 tons of salt set to cross into Gaza was discovered to contain four tons of hidden ammonium chloride, which is used to produce long-range rockets. The shipment was inspected at the Nitzana Crossing, which is used to transfer goods among Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, a week…

  • Michigan JCC, day school evacuated following bomb threat

    (JTA) — The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, Michigan, was evacuated after an unknown person called in a bomb threat. The unidentified caller on Monday morning said a bomb would explode in a locker in the building in 30 minutes, the Ann Arbor News reported, citing David Shtulman, executive director of the Jewish…

  • JDC, HUC announce global Jewish leadership fellowship

    (JTA) — JDC Entwine – the initiative for young adults of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion – has established a Jewish leadership fellowship. The Weitzman-JDC Fellowship for Global Jewish Leaders was announced on Monday. The graduate fellowship was founded by Jane Weitzman, a JDC board member, and…

  • 3rd British city councilman suspended in one day for anti-Semitic posts

    (JTA) — A third British city councilman was suspended by the Labour Party on Monday for tweeting anti-Semitic comments. Shah Hussain, a member of the Burnley Borough Council in Lancashire, was suspended hours after the two other lawmakers who had made anti-Israel statements on social media. An investigation will be launched into tweets Hussain sent to the…

  • Israel’s justice minister aims to bring civil law to West Bank Jews, keep Palestinians under military rule

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s justice minister said she would resurrect a legal initiative to bring Israeli civil law to Jewish settlements in the West Bank while keeping the Palestinians who live there under military orders. Ayelet Shaked, of the right-wing Jewish Home party, made the remarks on Sunday evening during a speech to the Legal…

  • David Blatt to interview with Sacramento Kings for head coaching job

    (JTA) — David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly will interview with the Sacramento Kings for the same position. The NBA team reportedly has interviewed several candidates with head coaching experience, ESPN reported Sunday in an article citing unnamed league sources who said Blatt would…

  • Swimsuit commercial starring Bar Refaeli censored in Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A swimsuit commercial featuring Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has been censored by Israel’s commercial television authority. The censored ad for Hoodies swimwear, in which Refaeli is frolicking on the beach, can only be shown after 10 p.m. Close-ups of Refaeli’s backside and a section in which she appears to be completely nude must be deleted, the…