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  • Bomb threat at Staten Island JCC investigated as hate crime

    (JTA) — A swastika and the word “bomb” were found drawn inside the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, New York. No bomb was discovered in the building on Wednesday morning following a sweep by police, who reportedly are investigating the incident as a hate crime. The incident came two days after 16 JCCs along…

  • Neo-Nazi armed march in Montana postponed over lack of city permit

    (JTA) — A neo-Nazi armed march designed to harass the Montana Jewish community of Whitefish has been postponed after the white supremacist organizer failed to get a city permit. Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, announced Wednesday evening that he would not hold his march scheduled for Monday, Martin Luther King Day,…

  • Knesset advances bill targeting controversial Israeli army veterans group

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset approved on a preliminary reading a bill that would prevent a controversial organization of Israeli army veterans  from entering Israelis schools. The legislation passed Wednesday by a vote of 51-17 targets Breaking the Silence, which collects former soldiers’ testimonies, some published anonymously, that accuse the Israeli military of using excessive force…

  • 72 countries, including US, to attend Paris peace conference

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Representative of 72 countries will attend the Paris peace conference, French officials announced. Among those who said they will attend is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who late last month in a lengthy speech laid out six principles that the United States believes must govern the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while…

  • Hamas hacks Israeli soldiers’ cellphones posing as attractive women on social media

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Operatives for the Hamas terrorist group hacked into dozens of Israeli combat soldiers’ cellphones by posing as attractive Israeli women on Facebook. Using Israeli women’s photos and identities stolen from social media, the operatives would initiate personal and intimate relationships with the soldiers and then ask them to download what they said…

  • Trump taps Obama holdover as secretary of veteran affairs

    (JTA) — Dr. David Shulkin, the undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed secretary of veteran affairs by  President-elect Donald Trump. Trump announced Shulkin’s Cabinet appointment on Wednesday during a news conference, his first meeting with reporters since July. Shulkin is the first Trump holdover from the administration of President…

  • Golf club’s Jews debate admitting Obama over U.N. abstention

    (JTA) — Members of an exclusive, mostly Jewish golf club in Maryland are debating whether to admit President Barack Obama for membership over his decision to abstain from an anti-settlements vote at the United Nations. While the outgoing president has not indicated whether he will seek a membership at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland,…

  • Trump in response to leak of Russian dossier: ‘Are we living in Nazi Germany?’

    (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump asked “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” in a tweet blaming intelligence agencies for reports that Russia has a dossier with compromising personal and financial information about him. “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ to the public. One last shot at me. Are we living…

  • Israeli Supreme Court ruling favors women’s prayer at Western Wall

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of women being allowed to read from the Torah in the women’s section at the Western Wall and declared that an egalitarian prayer area set aside at nearby Robinson’s Arch does not constitute access to the holy site. In an interim injunction announced Wednesday, the…

  • Campaign promoting racial justice activism for young Jews over Martin Luther King weekend

    (JTA) — A campaign to engage Jewish young adults in becoming activists for racial justice is sponsoring a platform for people to find opportunities across the country for Martin Luther King Day weekend. The yearlong Act Now for Racial Justice, a program of the Repair the World initiative, plans to engage thousands of Jewish young…