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  • Former London mayor compares EU goals to Hitler’s

    (JTA) — Former London Mayor Boris Johnson has come under fire for comparing the goals of the European Union to Hitler. Johnson, who is in favor of Britain leaving the EU, told the Sunday Telegraph that the EU, like Hitler, aims to unify Europe under one “authority.” “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and…

  • Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg opens up to UC grads about her deep grief

    (JTA) — Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, for the first time publicly described the depth of her grief following the death of her husband — at a commencement speech at the University of California, Berkeley. Dave Goldberg, the 47-year-old CEO of Survey Monkey, died suddenly in May 2015 after sustaining a head trauma when…

  • Hezbollah says Israeli airstrikes did not kill top military commander

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hezbollah said the airstrike that killed its top military commander was by Sunni Islamists, refuting reports that Israel was the perpetrator. “Investigations have showed that the explosion, which targeted one of our bases near Damascus International Airport, and which led to the martyrdom of commander Mustafa Badreddine, was the result of artillery…

  • Michigan public radio station refuses to air birthday greeting to Israel

    (JTA) — A Jewish couple from Detroit is pressing a Michigan public radio station to broadcast a birthday greeting to Israel paid for by their sponsorship of the station. Hannan and Lisa Lis made a donation to Michigan Radio, a statewide public radio group operated by the University of Michigan, that entitled them to sponsor…

  • Israel finishes 14th in Eurovision

    (JTA) — Israel finished in 14th place among the 26 nations competing in the 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, which was won by Ukraine. Australia came in second and Russia third in the contest that ended Saturday. The final was broadcast live in the United States for the first time and featured a performance…

  • Record-breaking heat wave hits Israel, sparks fires

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A record-breaking heat wave has sparked fires throughout Israel and sent hundreds for treatment. More than 370 people were treated on Saturday and Sunday for heat-related conditions, including fainting, heat exhaustion and heatstroke, the Times of Israel reported, citing Magen David Adom. Dozens of brush fires broke out, including several in the…

  • Bill Clinton: ‘I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state’

    (JTA) — Saying “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state,” former President Bill Clinton defended his record on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, and his wife’s, at a campaign event. “I had a deal they turned down that would have given them all of Gaza,” Clinton said Friday in response to a heckler at an…

  • UNESCO condemns Iran’s Holocaust cartoon contest

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO, condemned a state-sponsored Holocaust-themed cartoon contest taking place in Iran. The Second International Holocaust Cartoon Contest opened Saturday and was set to run through the end of May in Tehran.  The top prize is $12,000. “Such an initiative, which aims at a mockery of the genocide of…

  • Peace summit will take place despite Israel objection, French FM says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The foreign minister of France said in Israel that the international Middle East peace summit will take place despite objections by Israel. “Action must be taken,” Jean-Marc Ayrault said Sunday at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport at the close of a one-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin]…

  • Israeli-American soldier posthumously awarded bravery medal

    Tuvia Yanai Weisman, who was off-duty when he saw two Palestinian teenagers enter the store and begin to stab shoppers, left his wife and 4-month-old daughter to stop them, leading him to be killed by one of the stabbers.