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  • 2nd Gaza humanitarian worker indicted for assisting Hamas

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A United Nations humanitarian aid worker in Gaza used his position to provide material assistance to the terrorist efforts of Hamas, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said. Waheed Borsh, 38, was indicted in Beersheba District Court on Tuesday for assisting Hamas. It is the second indictment of a Gaza Palestinian aid worker…

  • Jewish jeweler sues insurer over diamonds he dumped in trash

    (JTA) — A Jewish jeweler in Manhattan’s Diamond District is suing his insurer for its failure to cover a more-than-$800,000 loss after he accidentally threw a bundle of  diamonds into the trash. Bobby Yashaya, owner of Max Jewelry, located on 47th Street in midtown Manhattan, said he was rushing to get ready attend a trade show in Las…

  • Report: Israeli combat soldiers to receive full college scholarships

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli combat soldiers will receive full scholarships from the military to pursue a university degree or professional certification. The scholarships will be funded by the Israel Defense Forces, as well as the Friends of the IDF and the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, the Israeli Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot reported….

  • Shimon Peres joins Snapchat at 93

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has joined Snapchat, a messaging and multimedia mobile app. Peres made the announcement on Sunday in a post on Facebook. “I turned 93 this week, and it seemed like just the right age to join Snapchat. Young people inspire me, and the most important thing for me is…

  • British ‘Big Brother’ boots contestant over Holocaust remark

    (JTA) — A British actor who was removed from that country’s “Celebrity Big Brother” has apologized for a Holocaust joke directed at a Jewish contestant and said that he will visit Auschwitz during a visit to Poland. Christopher Biggins was removed from the popular reality television show on Friday after three warnings about tasteless remarks…

  • Chief Rabbi David Lau asks educators to deal seriously with every child abuse report

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli chief rabbi David Lau published an open letter calling on educators to deal seriously with every report of child abuse of any kind. The rabbi released the letter Sunday evening at a conference of haredi Orthodox rabbis.  It was first reported on the haredi Orthodox Kipa news website. “To my great…

  • Unilever under fire for salmonella-tainted Israeli cornflakes

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Health Ministry has suspended a manufacturing permit of the Unilever corporation over cornflakes contaminated with salmonella. The ministry announced the suspension on Sunday, more than a month after some of the boxes containing the tainted breakfast cereal were shipped from the factory. An internal investigation revealed that the contaminated products had…

  • Israelis barred from entering Jordan over kippot

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A group of Israeli tourists were prevented from entering Jordan because members of the group were wearing yarmulkes. The incident occurred more than a week ago, but was first reported by Israel’s Channel 2 on Sunday. The group was planning to travel to the Tomb of Aaron near Petra. The tomb is…

  • Aly Raisman earns spot in individual all-around finals in Rio

    (JTA) — Jewish-American woman’s gymnast Aly Raisman earned a spot in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Rio. Raisman took the second spot for the American women ahead of all-around defending gold medalist Gabby Douglas and behind three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles. The American women’s gymnastics team came in first place in…

  • Israeli task force formed to locate, deport BDS activists

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new Israeli government task force is being formed to deport anti-Israel activists at work in the country. The committee, announced on Sunday by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Arye Deri, will be tasked with locating and expelling activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel who…