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is a JTA correspondent in Israel.


  • New immigrant, 17, from Brooklyn stabbed in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 17-year-old New Yorker who reportedly left his family six weeks ago to serve in the Israeli army was stabbed in the back in Jerusalem. The haredi Orthodox teen, from Brooklyn, was stabbed Saturday evening just outside the Old City, next to the Damascus Gate, shortly after praying at the Western Wall,…

  • Anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonne expelled from Hong Kong

    (JTA) — Dieudonne M’bala M’bala reportedly was expelled from Hong Kong a day after being detained there, which the French comedian blamed on “pressure by Israel.” Dieudonne was detained Thursday, Variety reported, and his two stand-up shows scheduled for Hong Kong were canceled. His two sons, one a minor, were also detained. Dieudonne, who has…

  • U of South Florida student body president, VP veto divestment resolution

    (JTA) — The student body president and vice president at the University of South Florida vetoed a resolution that calls for the divestment from companies complicit in human rights violations against the Palestinian people. Andy Rodriguez and Michael Malanga, the president and vice president, respectively, of the Student Government Senate, rejected the resolution at the…

  • UN recognition of Israeli NGO Zaka seen as big win for Israeli diplomacy

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United Nations has granted official observer status to Zaka, an Israeli search-and-rescue organization that has operated around the world. The advisory status conveyed unanimously on Tuesday by the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations gives Zaka, a volunteer organization, the right to take part in official UN discussions and conferences that are…

  • Right-wing group ripped for ad campaign targeting some performers as traitors

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli officials from across the political spectrum have denounced the right-wing group Im Tirtzu for an ad campaign that attacks Israeli performers and artists affiliated with left-wing groups as traitors. The campaign comes on the heels of an Im Tirtzu campaign introduced last month that singled out four Israeli human rights activists…

  • Ban stands by speech on Palestinian ‘frustration,’ echoes remarks the next day

    The UN secretary-general did not justify terrorism, his spokesman said.

  • Iran’s supreme leader releases Holocaust-denying video on remembrance day

    The nearly 3-minute video begins with images of killed and injured Palestinian children, and then turns to Israeli soldiers, Holocaust deniers and world leaders

  • Anne Frank’s stepsister: Trump ‘acting like another Hitler’

    (JTA) — The stepsister of Holocaust teen diarist Anne Frank compared Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to Hitler. Eva Schloss, 86, made the comparison in an essay in Newsweek magazine published Wednesday in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “If Donald Trump become(s) the next president of the U.S., it would be a complete disaster,” she…

  • Civilians capture Palestinian teen after he stabs Israeli man

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teenager who critically injured a Jewish-Israeli man in a West Bank stabbing was chased down and captured by civilian bystanders. The victim, in his 50s, was rushed to an operating room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem from Givat Zeev, a settlement near Jerusalem where the attack took place…

  • Brown University AEPi disaffiliates over alleged bias against non-Jewish frat brothers

    The chapter of the historically Jewish fraternity has gone independent under the name Beta Rho Pi.