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  • Boulder City Council to hire moderator over Nablus sister-city dispute

    (JTA) — The Boulder City Council in Colorado agreed to hire a moderator in the dispute over its planned sister-city relationship with the Palestinian city of Nablus. At its meeting Tuesday night, the council agreed to spend the $5,000 allocated annually for the Sister Cities program and up to $5,000 more on the mediation. The…

  • Israeli soldiers, Palestinian protesters clash at West Bank home demolition

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli soldiers and eight Palestinian protesters were injured in clashes Wednesday during the demolition of a terrorist’s home in the West Bank town of Qalandiya. Palestinian demonstrators threw rocks and firebombs at the soldiers during and after the razing of the family home of Hassin Abu Gush, 17, who stabbed and…

  • Alleged Jewish terror cell busted by Shin Bet in West Bank

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Six members of an alleged Jewish terror cell were arrested and admitted to carrying out attacks against Palestinians, the Shin Bet security service said. The cell members, from the Binyamin region of the West Bank, were arrested in recent days on suspicion of setting Palestinian vehicles on fire, throwing firebombs at Palestinian homes and…

  • Security ramped up in Jerusalem in aftermath of bombing

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Security has been increased throughout Jerusalem in the wake of the bus bombing on Monday that injured 21 people. “Extra police units and border police are patrolling public areas,” Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the Times of Israel. Rosenfeld cited bus stations and the light rail tram system in the city…

  • Singapore’s prime minister makes historic visit to Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Making the first visit to Israel by a prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu discussed increasing bilateral cooperation in several areas. The two prime ministers met privately on Tuesday morning in Netanyahu’s Jerusalem office and then held an expanded meeting with other government ministers. The…

  • South Africa Jewish umbrella sued for ban on women singing at Holocaust memorial event

    (JTA) — The umbrella body of Jewish organizations in South Africa is being sued for discrimination over its decision not to allow women to sing at the annual Holocaust memorial ceremony. The South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity, or SACRED, and two Cape Town Jewish women, Gilad Stern and Sarah Goldstein, filed the…

  • Florida governor signs off on Holocaust memorial for state capital

    (JTA) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to create a Holocaust memorial in the state’s capital, Tallahassee. The ceremonial signing took place at the Jewish Federation of Broward County on Monday, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Scott, a Republican, officially signed the memorial legislation on April 6. It takes effect on July 1. The bill…

  • Doris Roberts, 4-time Emmy winner from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ dies

    (JTA) — Doris Roberts, who won four Emmy Awards as the meddling mother Marie Barone on the popular sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died. Roberts, who was of Russian Jewish descent, died overnight Monday in her sleep, her spokeswoman told The Associated Press. The cause of death was not immediately known. She was 90. Roberts…

  • Jewish-Israeli man convicted in revenge murder of Palestinian teen

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish-Israeli man was convicted of the revenge murder of a Palestinian teen who he and two teenage accomplices burned to death in the Jerusalem forest. Yosef Ben-David, 31, of Jerusalem was found guilty Tuesday in the Jerusalem District Court of the kidnapping and murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir in July 2014….

  • Jerusalem gay pride parade stabber convicted of murder

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The haredi Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, leaving a 16-year-old girl dead, was convicted of murder. Yishai Schlissel, 40, was convicted Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court in the killing of Shira Banki, who was marching in the parade last July in support of her gay and lesbian…