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  • Jewish billionaire called Nazi for serving on Trump business council

    (JTA) — Billionaire investor Steve Schwarzman, who served on a business council for President Donald Trump, said he received hundreds of emails calling him a Nazi following the march by white supremacists in Charlottesville. Schwarzman, co-founder and CEO of the Blackstone Group, said in a speech Tuesday in New York that Trump’s business councils, including…

  • Hebron area hit by rash of stabbing attempts by Palestinian teens

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teenager was shot and wounded while attempting to stab Israeli soldiers near Hebron in the fourth attack in the area in the past seven days — three by teens. The assailant, who was reported as being 13 or 15, ran toward a bus stop at the Elias Junction, near the…

  • NY City Council candidate who called out ‘greedy Jewish landlords’ defeated in primary

    (JTA) — New York City Council candidate Thomas Lopez-Pierre, who blamed “greedy Jewish landlords” for the “ethnic cleansing” of black and Latino residents from Harlem was soundly defeated in a Democratic primary vote. The incumbent councilman, Mark Levine, won nearly 75 percent of the vote to about 25 percent for Lopez-Pierre in the balloting Tuesday….

  • Orthodox group calls for Jewish Day of Unity to pray for peace and stability

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish outreach group is calling for a Jewish Day of Unity in which Jews from around the world are being asked to unite and pray. The Jewish Day of Unity is “a call to action to pray for peace and stability in light of the dangerous circumstances we are facing in the…

  • Israeli restaurants can say they serve kosher food even without Chief Rabbinate’s certification, Supreme Court rules

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli restaurants can tell patrons that they serve kosher food even if they do not have official kashrut certification from the state rabbinate, the Supreme Court ruled. The ruling was handed down Tuesday and comes a year after the Supreme Court ruled that businesses cannot describe themselves as kosher unless they have…

  • Israeli firm chosen to build protoype of US border wall with Mexico

    (JTA) — Elta North America, an Israeli-owned defense manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in Maryland, was one of four companies chosen to build a prototype for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. The company is a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. Some 200 companies vied for the tenders, which will provide a $300,000 to…

  • Haredi Orthodox lawmaker resigns from Knesset after coming under fire for attending same-sex wedding

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli lawmaker from the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party resigned from the Knesset after he was criticized for attending a gay wedding. Yigal Guetta resigned Wednesday after coming under fire from several prominent rabbis and party faithful. At the beginning of the week, Guetta confirmed to Army Radio that he had attended…

  • Israel’s Supreme Court strikes down law increasing number of draft exemptions for yeshiva students

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court struck down a law that increased the number of draft exemptions for haredi Orthodox yeshiva students. The legislation, passed two years ago, was “unconstitutional, disproportionate, and harms equality,” the justices wrote in the majority decision,  which was backed by eight of the nine members of the court. The law’s…

  • Some Trump lawyers reportedly recommended Kushner step down over Russia scandal

    (JTA) — Some lawyers for President Donald Trump recommended that Jared Kushner step down as senior White House adviser over the Russia scandal. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the president’s lawyers were not united in the opinion. The article also said that Trump believed Kushner had done nothing wrong, thus there was no…

  • Africa-Israel summit postponed at request of beleaguered Togo president

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The landmark Africa-Israel summit has been postponed at the request of the president of Togo amid growing unrest in his country and calls for his resignation. Some 54 African countries had been invited to meet with Israel at the Oct. 23-27 summit in Lome, the capital of Togo. President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe…