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  • US agrees to Libyan request that activists say prevents Jewish artifacts from leaving the country

    (JTA) — The United States is signing an agreement with Libya that activists say legitimizes the confiscation of Jewish property by the North African country. On Tuesday, the State Department announced that the U.S. will sign a memorandum of understanding that will impose restrictions on importing ancient materials from the country. In the announcement, the…

  • Florida congressman’s kids are using hamantaschen to help end gun violence

      (JTA) — The college-aged kids of a Jewish congressman from Florida are raising money to end gun violence by selling hamantaschen. Gabby, Serena and Cole Deutch launched the Bake Action Against Gun Violence initiative on Sunday. Their father is Rep. Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat who represents the district where 17 people were killed last week…

  • Israel says it thwarted an Islamic State plan to bomb Australian flight

    (JTA) — The Israeli army said it provided intelligence that prevented a plot by the Islamic State to bomb an Australian flight in August. An unnamed senior army officer said Wednesday that the Military Intelligence Unit 8200 had thwarted the planned attack, according to The Times of Israel. “The unit provided exclusive intelligence that led to…

  • Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire just launched a line of kosher wines

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a line of kosher-for-Passover Israeli wines. The 6-foot-10 former player, who returned earlier this month from a trip to the Jewish state, spoke glowingly about the wines and his connection to Israel at a news conference here Tuesday. “It’s a blessing for me and…

  • Iranian official: If Israel attacks we will destroy Tel Aviv and kill Netanyahu

    (JTA) — An Iranian official said his country would destroy Tel Aviv and kill Benjamin Netanyahu if the Israeli prime minister followed through on his threat to attack Iran. “About Netanyahu’s unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground…

  • These Jewish women say celebrating Purim in the #MeToo era is different

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When Meredith Jacobs was taught the Purim story as a little girl in the 1970s and ’80s, Esther was made out to be its heroine, while Queen Vashti was its “evil queen.” According to the Book of Esther, Vashti was banished by her husband, the Persian King Ahasuerus, for refusing his…

  • Jeffrey Tambor fired from ‘Transparent’ following investigation into sexual harassment claims

    (JTA) — Amazon Studios has fired actor Jeffrey Tambor from “Transparent” following an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed two women. On Thursday, Amazon confirmed that it was firing Tambor, who played a Jewish transgender matriarch in the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects…

  • Mom of Jewish girl killed in Florida shooting begs Trump: ‘Please do something’

    (JTA) — The mother of a 14-year-old Jewish girl killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has a heartbreaking but powerful message for President Donald Trump. Alyssa Alhadeff was among the 17 people shot to death by a lone gunman who entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday afternoon. At least four other…

  • White supremacist group: Florida school shooter is associated with us

    (JTA) — A white supremacist group told the Anti-Defamation that the gunman who killed at least 17 people at a school in Parkland, Florida, was associated with it. Jordan Jereb, a representative for Republic of Florida, told the ADL that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz had been “brought up” by a member of the organization. Jereb also…

  • Florida school shooting’s Jewish victims remembered for their kindness

    This is a developing story. (JTA) — They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one may have died so that others could live. Jewish students and staff were among the 17 people who were…