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Palestinian woman who slapped IDF soldiers charged with assault

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A military court in Israel indicted a Palestinian woman who was filmed alongside her more famous cousin slapping and harassing IDF soldiers standing guard in a West Bank Palestinian village. Nour Tamimi, 21, was indicted on Sunday on charges of aggravated assault of a soldier and preventing soldiers from carrying out their...

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Indian Prime Minister, left, embracing 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, whose Chabad emissary parents were killed in a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on left in Israel, July 5, 2017 . (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office)

Israeli child whose parents were killed in Mumbai terror attack to return to their Chabad House

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The son of the Chabad emissaries killed in a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai will join Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a trip to India. Moshe Holtzberg, 11, was three years old when his parents Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were killed at the Nariman Chabad House in Mumbai when four...

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Masked members from the Ezzedine al-Qassam carrying a model of a rocket during a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Hamas' creation in Gaza, Dec. 12, 2014. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Netanyahu: IDF has attacked 40 Hamas targets in Gaza in recent weeks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot back at critics who said his government has failed to take action to stop rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel. “Israel views Hamas as responsible for any firing at us from the Gaza Strip. Since we destroyed the terrorist tunnel that penetrated into our territory...

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Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the weekly German federal Cabinet meeting in Berlin, Dec.13, 2017. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

German foreign minister under fire for accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’

BERLIN (JTA) — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has come under fire for his suggestion that Israel pursues an “apartheid” policy. Now, a Jewish woman in Cologne has addressed Gabriel in an open letter, demanding an apology for “providing further ammunition to youths who were fed anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk,” according to a report...

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Michael Hamill posing with two other Gainesville, Florida, police officers during Hurricane Irma in a photo that went viral. (Gainesville Police Department Facebook)

Florida police officer resigns during investigation over his anti-Semitic Facebook posts

(JTA) — A Florida police officer who was suspended with pay after complaints that he posted anti-Semitic comments on his Facebook page resigned from his post. Officer Michael Hamill became well known in September after a selfie of him and two other Gainesville, Florida, police officers was posted on the department’s Facebook page, showing the...

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at a playoff game between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 6, 2017. (Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

NBA removes reference to Palestinian occupied territories from its website

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Culture and Sport minister praised National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver for removing a reference to Palestinian “occupied territories” from the NBA’s website. A section of the NBA website allowing fans from around the world to vote for their favorite players to play in the upcoming All-Star game offered “Palestine –...

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Jewish life in Germany in danger, Jewish leader says

BERLIN (JTA) — A Jewish leader in Germany is pressing the government to do more to combat anti-Semitism; specifically, by appointing a special commissioner. Charlotte Knobloch, former head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said she feels Jewish life in Germany is in danger. The close of 2017 has been marked by numerous...

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The UNESCO headquarters in Paris. (Wikimedia Commons)

Israel successfully notified UNESCO about leaving, its Jewish director confirms

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The first Jewish director general of UNESCO confirmed that Israel has successfully notified the international body that it will leave the organization. “I regret this deeply, as it is my conviction that it is inside UNESCO and not outside it that states can best seek to overcome differences in the organization’s fields...

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Oskar Groening, 93, arrives for the first day of his trial to face charges of being accomplice to the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp, April 21, 2015, in Lueneburg, Germany. (Andreas Tamme/Getty Images)

Auschwitz guard, 96, must serve prison sentence, Germany’s highest court rules

(JTA) — Germany’s highest court has ruled that a 96-year-old former Auschwitz guard should serve his prison sentence for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at the concentration camp. Oskar Groening was convicted and sentenced in July 2015 to four years in jail for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at...

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Jewish landlord removes Swedish artist’s giant penis mural from Lower East Side building

(JTA) — Samy Mahfar, a Jewish real estate developer from New York, had removed from a Lower East Side building he owns a large painting of a penis left there without permission by a Swedish artist. The colorful and anatomically detailed Broome Street mural made without permission by Carolina Falkholt drew stares until workers dispatched by...