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  • Abbas walks back claim that Israeli rabbis called to poison Palestinian water

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas walked back his claim that Israeli rabbis had called for the poisoning of Palestinian water and said he did not intend to offend Jewish people. “After it has become evident that the alleged statements by a rabbi on poisoning Palestinian wells, which were reported by various media…

  • Led Zeppelin did not steal ‘Stairway’ anthem from Jewish rocker, jury rules

    (JTA) — The British rock band Led Zeppelin did not steal the famous anthem used in “Stairway to Heaven” from another rock band, a federal jury decided Thursday. The verdict on a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the late Randy Wolfe, aka Randy California, the Jewish frontman for the American psychedelic group Spirit, was…

  • Netanyahu accuses Abbas of spreading ‘blood libel’ in EU speech that earns standing ovation

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of spreading a blood libel in his address Thursday to the European Parliament in Brussels. In the speech, which earned a standing ovation from parliament representatives, Abbas alleged that Israeli rabbis called this week for the poisoning of Palestinian water, a…

  • Steven Sotloff’s parents implore Obama to bring home a missing American journalist

    (JTA) — The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish freelance journalist beheaded by the Islamic State nearly two years ago, have joined the families of three other killed U.S. hostages in urging President Barack Obama to bring home a missing American hostage. Shirley and Arthur Sotloff, in an essay published Wednesday in the McClatchy newspapers,…

  • Ban champ Tyson Fury from boxing over anti-Semitic comments, ex-titlist Wladimir Klitschko says

    (JTA) — Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko called for his successor to the crown, Tyson Fury, to be banned from boxing over anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist comments. On Thursday, Klitschko described the remarks in May by Fury, who took the Ukrainian’s title in November, as “Hitler-like.” Fury, 27, of Britain, was filmed warning viewers not…

  • Abbas declines meeting with Rivlin while both in Brussels

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed regret that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declined to meet with him while the two leaders were in Brussels. Martin Schultz, the parliament’s president, had offered to arrange and mediate the meeting while both Abbas and Rivlin were at the European Union to speak to the Parliament and…

  • Indian state grants minority status to Jewish community

    (JTA) — A second state in India has granted minority status to the country’s Jewish community. On Wednesday, the state Cabinet of Maharashtra approved the proposal to make the Jewish community a notified minority. About 5,000 Jews live in India, of which nearly half live in the state of Maharashtra, home to the capital of Mumbai….

  • Netanyahu, Kerry to meet in Rome with French peace initiative on the agenda

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry next week in Rome. The two leaders are said to be meeting to discuss Israel resuming peace talks with the Palestinians and more specifically the French peace initiative that Israel has rejected. On Monday, the foreign ministers of…

  • Girl, 11, killed at Indiana camp remembered as ‘sweet, polite and kind’

    (JTA) — The 11-year-old Ohio girl killed when a tree fell on a cabin at a Jewish camp in Indiana has been identified. Jadyn Larky of Bexley, a Columbus suburb, was the victim of the accident at Camp Livingston in Bennington, according to an email sent by the city’s mayor, Ben Kessler, to its employees,…

  • Anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses doubled in 2015, ADL reports

    (JTA) — Anti-Semitic incidents on American college campuses nearly doubled in 2015, the Anti-Defamation League reported. In addition, the number of anti-Semitic assaults across the country increased by more than 60 percent, according to the organization’s audit of such incidents released Wednesday. A total of 90 incidents were reported on 60 college campuses last year, compared with 47 incidents…