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  • Google edition adopts ‘Palestine’

    (JTA) — Google has changed the title on the homepage of its Palestinian edition from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.” In a statement to the BBC Friday, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said the company was “following the lead” of several bodies, including the United Nations, in adopting the change across its products. In November, the United… More ▸

  • Scottish Church says Jews have no claim to Holy Land

    (JTA) — Scottish Jews said they were “outraged” by a recent Church of Scotland paper which denies Jews any special claim to the land of Israel. The report entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham” rejects “claims that scripture offers any peoples a privileged claim for possession of a particular territory” and says that “reconciliation can only… More ▸

  • Bomb threats called in to Houston synagogues

    (JTA) — Two Houston synagogues received bomb threats. The bomb threats were called in to Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue, and Congregation Or Ami, a Conservative synagogue, on Wednesday afternoon. Both synagogues canceled Hebrew school classes for Thursday but said they would reopen Friday with more security, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Houston… More ▸

  • Outpost established in memory of slain settler

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A West Bank outpost was established in memory of a Jewish father of five killed by a Palestinian assailant. The head of the Samaria Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, on Thursday moved his office to a tent on a hill overlooking the Tapuach Junction, where Eviatar Borovsky, 31, of the Yitzhar settlement, was killed Tuesday… More ▸

  • Pritzker, Froman tapped for top commerce posts

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama nominated Penny Pritzker for commerce secretary and Mike Froman for the U.S. trade representative. Both candidates tapped Thursday have ties in the American Jewish community. The posts, subject to Senate approval, are Cabinet level. Pritzker, 53, a scion of the family that owns the Hyatt hotel chain, is a billionaire… More ▸

  • Haifa hospital separates conjoined twins

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A conjoined twin in Israel who was separated in a rare operation is in serious condition. The Rambam Medical Center in Haifa said the twins were separated last week in a four-hour operation. It was believed to be the first time the separation surgery had ever been attempted in Israel. One twin, born… More ▸

  • L.A. man accused of defrauding Iranian-American Jews is arrested

    (JTA) – The FBI arrested a Los Angeles man who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme targeting the city’s Iranian Jewish community. Shervin Davatgarzadeh, also known as Shervin Neman, was taken into custody last week on suspicion of defrauding $3 million from mostly Jewish Iranian-American investors, the FBI said. According to the indictment, Davatgarzadeh posed as… More ▸