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  • NJ state Senate passes anti-BDS bill

    (JTA) — The New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a bill that would require the state’s public worker pension fund to divest from companies that boycott Israel. The Senate passed the legislation Monday. A similar bill in the state Assembly is in committee. The bill bars the state Division of Investments from investing the public workers’…

  • Greek Orthodox priest to be honored on Israeli Independence Day accused of sexual harassment

    JERUSALEM (JTA) —  A Greek Orthodox priest selected to light a torch at the Independence Day national ceremony in Israel has been accused of sexual harassment of the young people he has helped. The charges against Father Gabriel Naddaf surfaced this week in the Israeli media and were first reported on Sunday by Israel’s commercial…

  • Netanyahu choice for envoy to Rome withdraws candidacy

    (JTA) — Fiamma Nirenstein, an Italian journalist and former parliamentarian, withdrew her candidacy to serve as Israel’s ambassador to Italy. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel’s foreign minister, announced the decision to appoint Nirenstein in August. Nirenstein, 71, moved to Israel in 2013 and received citizenship. She announced on Tuesday that she had notified…

  • Beyonce rocks Israeli-designed dresses on new world tour

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Beyonce is wearing a line of dresses custom made by Israeli fashion designer Inbal Dror on stage during her new world tour. Dror, of Tel Aviv, posted photos on her Facebook page and Twitter feed of the performer wearing her creations in a May 7 Houston show for the “Formation” tour, which…

  • Rabbi Morton Leifman, longtime dean of JTS cantors’ school, dies at 89

    (JTA) — Rabbi Morton Leifman, who oversaw the training of Conservative movement cantors for decades, has died. Leifman, a former vice president of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and longtime dean of its Cantors Institute, now called the H.L. Miller Cantorial School, died May 5 in Rockville, Maryland. He was 89. A Minneapolis…

  • France returns Nazi-looted Degas drawing to owner’s heirs

    (JTA) — France returned a drawing by French artist Edgar Degas to the heirs of the Nazi-looted piece. The late 19th-century charcoal sketch of three ballerinas, called “Trois danseuses en buste,” was handed over in a ceremony Monday in Paris. Viviane Dreyfus accepted the drawing on behalf of her father, Maurice. Dreyfus said she had not…

  • Israel recognizes its 23,477 fallen on Memorial Day

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — “For over sixty-eight years we have been fighting the same war, the war for our independence,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Tuesday in a ceremony at the Western Wall marking Israel’s Memorial Day. Israel recognized its 23,477 fallen soldiers, as well as civilian victims of terror, with the start of Memorial Day,…

  • Swedish deputy PM, who called 9/11 attacks ‘accidents,’ resigns

    (JTA) — Sweden’s deputy prime minister, who called the 9/11 attacks “accidents” and described the migrant crisis in Europe as “the new Auschwitz,” is leaving the government. Asa Romson confirmed on Monday afternoon that she would step down after her Green Party made moves to replace her, the English-language news website for Swedish news, The…

  • Arrested Gaza teen providing key terror tunnel information, Shin Bet says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Gaza teen who was arrested a month ago by Israeli forces as he attempted to infiltrate Israel has provided “extensive information” on terror tunnels, the Shin Bet security service said. The teen, who is active in Hamas’ military wing, was indicted Tuesday in Beersheba District Court after being arrested on April 6….

  • Palestinian teen who was part of attack on Israeli boy, 13, convicted

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teen who was 13 when he participated in a stabbing attack against a 13-year-old Israeli boy was convicted of attempted murder. The attacker, Ahmed Mansara, now 14, and his cousin, 15, chased after the Israeli boy riding his bike in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev. The older boy…