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  • Republicans’ platform reportedly may exclude ‘two-state’ language

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republicans reportedly are considering removing from their party platform language calling for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The concept has long been a pillar of both Democratic and Republican policy in the region, and a stated policy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The U.S. seeks to assist in the…

  • Jewish DNC staffer, 27, killed near his home

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A young Jewish staffer for the Democratic National Committee was shot dead in an apparent robbery near his home in Washington, D.C. Seth Conrad Rich, 27, was shot early Sunday morning in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, near the Capitol, about a block from his home. Police in announcing the killing did not ascribe…

  • US Jewish leaders briefed after Islamic State ‘kill list’ includes Jewish names

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials briefed Jewish leaders on the inclusion of American Jews on an Islamic State “kill list.” Some 200 Jewish leaders joined the conference call on Friday organized by the Secure Community Network, the security arm of the national Jewish community, in the wake of the July 3 release of…

  • Bernie Sanders to appear with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, likely to endorse her

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders will appear at a rally with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, where he  is widely expected to endorse her as the Democratic candidate for president. “U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday will join Hillary Clinton for a campaign event at Portsmouth High School to discuss their commitment to building an…

  • Thessaloniki’s mayor wants his Greek city to remember its vibrant Jewish past

    WASHINGTON (JTA) –  “I am proud to be a Vlach,” says Yiannis Boutaris, the mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. Ostensibly, we’re here at the Washington Hilton to discuss Boutaris’ bid to put the Jewish back in Thessaloniki, a city — perhaps best known as Salonika —once home to the largest numbers of Jews in Greece. But…

  • Father of 10 killed in terrorist shooting remembered as intellectual and giving man

    (JTA) — More than 1,000 mourners attended the funeral for a father of 10 who was killed in a West Bank drive-by shooting. The funeral of Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark was held Sunday in the Otniel settlement in the West Bank followed by his burial in Jerusalem. Mark was killed Friday when terrorists opened fire…

  • Netanyahu launches Africa tour with Entebbe commemoration

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a tour of East Africa by marking the 40th anniversary of the raid at Entebbe that killed his brother. “We were powerless no more,” Netanyahu said Monday of the July 4, 1976 Israeli commando raid on the Ugandan airport where German and Palestinian terrorists were holding more…

  • Turkish ship with Gaza-bound aid docks at Ashdod, first since reconciliation

    (JTA) — A Turkish ship packed with aid for the Gaza Strip arrived in Israel, the first since Turkey and Israel reached a reconciliation deal that allows such transfers. The cargo ship docking at Ashdod, just north of Gaza, on Sunday afternoon was bearing 10,000 tons of humanitarian equipment and food, Haaretz reported. Israel and…

  • Ex-Israeli FM Tzipi Livni decries British summons on war crimes allegations

    (JTA) — British police asked Tzipi Livni to appear for an interview regarding war crimes allegations while she was Israeli foreign minister in 2008-09. Livni, who was headed to London for a conference convened by the Haaretz newspaper, declined the voluntary summons on Thursday before leaving Israel, the newspaper reported Sunday. Israeli officials took the…

  • Rocket fire hits Sderot kindergarten building

    (JTA) — Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip hit a building in Sderot that reportedly is a kindergarten. The building was empty at the time of Friday’s attack, The Associated Press reported. In response, Israeli airstrikes hit components of Hamas’ infrastructure in Gaza, the army said in a statement Saturday. No one was injured in the…