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  • Parents of soldiers killed in 2014 Gaza war rip Netanyahu at hearing

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The parents of soldiers killed in Israel’s 2014 Gaza War verbally attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government during a Knesset hearing, with one throwing a cup of water at a lawmaker. At the Knesset State Control Committee hearing Wednesday on the state comptroller’s report on the war, the mother…

  • Israel’s Supreme Court rules some Tel Aviv businesses, supermarkets can operate on Sabbath

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that some businesses and supermarkets may remain open on Shabbat. The decision issued Wednesday dealt with the operation of businesses in entertainment complexes including the Tel Aviv and Jaffa harbors along with the old train station, as well as the opening of supermarkets in some parts of the…

  • Palestinian sisters crossing into Israel for cancer treatment caught smuggling explosives

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian sisters attempting to cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip so that one could receive cancer treatment were caught smuggling explosives. The explosives, used in the production of homemade bombs, were hidden in tubes carried by the women labeled “medical materials,” the Shin Bet security service said in a statement…

  • Israeli man injured, Palestinian assailant shot to death in car-ramming attack

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli man, 60, was injured in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank that ended with the Palestinian driver being shot to death by soldiers. The driver in the Wednesday afternoon attack rammed his car into a bus stop near the Gush Etzion junction in the Etzion Bloc, located south of Jerusalem, according…

  • Sheldon Adelson gave record $5 million to Trump inauguration celebrations

    (JTA) — Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate and major donor to Republican and Jewish causes, gave a reported record of $5 million for President Donald Trump’s inauguration celebrations. The gift was the largest single contribution ever given to an inauguration, The New York Times reported Wednesday, adding that Adelson’s donation was “far from the only seven-figure…

  • Boris Epshteyn, former Trump press surrogate, takes job as TV political analyst

    (JTA) — Boris Epshteyn, who recently left his post as a special assistant to the president in the White House press office, has taken a job as chief political analyst for the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair, among the largest operators of television stations in the country, announced Monday that Epshteyn will provide analysis and insight…

  • Trump administration certifies Iran compliant with nuclear deal

    (JTA) — The Trump administration certified that Iran is in compliance with the deal it signed with world powers to rein in its nuclear program. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., certifying the compliance with the 2015 deal, which exchanges sanctions relief for a rollback…

  • Etan Patz murderer sentenced to 25 years to life in prison

    (JTA) — A former grocery store clerk convicted of the 1979 kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Pedro Hernandez, 56, of New Jersey, was sentenced Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. Hernandez, who was found guilty in February after two trials, was given…

  • Photo of Hasidic Jewish couple, Muslim mother on NYC subway goes viral

    (JTA) — A photo of a Hasidic Jewish couple sitting next to a Muslim woman feeding a baby on the New York City subway has gone viral on Facebook. The post has received some 53,000 likes and nearly 41,000 shares since it was posted on Sunday by Jackie Summers, a self-described Taoist. Summers wrote: “A Taoist…

  • New York state to establish hate crimes task force

    (JTA) — New York State reportedly will establish a hate crimes task force. The task force, which will identify and investigate hate crimes and discriminatory practices, will be established using $1 million set aside in the new state budget passed earlier this month, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. It will be made up of members…