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  • London mayor won’t support Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Party leader

    (JTA) — London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a European capital city, said he will not support Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election. Corbyn, who has called Hezbollah and Hamas “friends,” has been accused of fostering an atmosphere of anti-Semitism in the party. Khan, a Labour member, did not mention the…

  • Rocket fired from Gaza strikes Sderot, Israel retaliates

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel attacked two Hamas sites in Gaza that its military identified as “terrorist infrastructure” in retaliation for a rocket strike on the southern Israeli city of Sderot from the coastal strip. The rocket, which was launched on Sunday afternoon, caused no damage or injuries. It landed near the city’s train station and…

  • Dozens respond to Facebook plea by attending funeral of elderly Jewish woman

    (JTA) — Some 30 people attended the funeral in New York for a woman they did not know in response to a Facebook plea by a rabbi’s daughter. Francine Stein, 83, was buried Wednesday following a graveside funeral at Temple Israel Cemetery in Blauvelt, in suburban Rockland County. Ora Weinbach, a New Jersey high school…

  • Turkey’s parliament approves reconciliation deal with Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The parliament of Turkey approved the reconciliation agreement with Israel restoring diplomatic ties after a six-year freeze. Lawmakers approved the deal, which normalizes relations between the two countries, early Saturday morning before they left for a summer recess. Israel’s Knesset had approved the deal in late June. The Prime Minister’s Office of…

  • Lone soldier Michael Levin’s parents visit Israel to mark 10th anniversary of his death

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The parents of Michael Levin, a lone soldier from the United States who was killed in the Second Lebanon War, returned to Israel to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. Mark and Harriet Levin of Philadelphia traveled to Mount Herzl on Thursday to mark their son’s yahrzeit. They were joined by…

  • Jeremy Corbyn backers are like Nazi storm troopers, major Jewish donor to Britain’s Labour Party says

    (JTA) — A major Jewish donor to Britain’s Labour Party has compared supporters of party head Jeremy Corbyn to Nazi storm troopers. Michael Foster, whose family in the last election contributed more than $500,000 to the party, in an op-ed Sunday in the Daily Mail newspaper referred to Corbyn backers as Sturmabteilung, or SA. Foster…

  • ADL expresses solidarity with NY Muslims following imam’s murder

    (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League expressed its solidarity with New York’s Muslim community in the wake of the murder of an imam and his assistant leaving their mosque. Imam Maulama Akonjee and his assistant Thara Uddin were wearing traditional Muslim garb when they left their mosque in Queens on Saturday afternoon and were shot from behind…

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Stop US aid to Israel if settlements allowed to stay

    (JTA) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approved a resolution calling on the U.S. government to end all aid to Israel if Israel does not stop building settlements and “enable an independent Palestinian state.” Voting at its triennial assembly in New Orleans that ended Saturday, the church also sought a halt to all investment…

  • Jewish woman sues Texas county for pulling job offer over Sabbath observance

    (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish woman has sued Dallas County for allegedly rescinding a job offer over her Shabbat observance. Isabel Balderas filed her lawsuit Wednesday in district court, the Dallas Morning News reported, and is seeking $100,000 to $1 million in damages. Balderas said she told the sheriff’s office that because of her observance,…

  • Hawaiian musician performs with Matisyahu at Hollywood gig

    (JTA) — The Hawaiian musician who was seen in a video performing the Matisyahu song “One Day” in a Maui coffee shop unknowingly with the ex-Orthodox reggae star performed with him onstage at the Hollywood Palladium. Kekoa Alama, a singer and ukulele player, and Matisyahu performed the latter’s hit “One Day” before seguing into Bob…