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  • Why did Argentina’s Lionel Messi miss World Cup penalty kick? Israel’s defense minister knows.

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Israel’s defense minister suggested a reason that Argentina superstar Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick in his team’s World Cup opener: The Argentines had canceled their friendly match against Israel a week earlier. “In the Argentina against Iceland game we saw just how much Messi needed the warm-up game against Israel,”…

  • Israeli singer Noa calls for Eurovision to be held in Tel Aviv

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Israeli singer and peace activist Achinoam Nini called for Eurovision to be held in Tel Aviv during a visit to Argentina. The singer, who is known as Noa, performed two concerts in Buenos Aires for hundreds of people to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. “That’s good news, Israel is 70, so well….

  • FIFA opens disciplinary proceeding against Palestinian soccer head over canceled Israel-Argentina match

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The FIFA international soccer federation has opened disciplinary proceedings against the president of the Palestinians’ soccer governing body for alleged incitement that led to the cancellation of the friendly match in Jerusalem between Israel and Argentina. Earlier this month the Palestinian Football Association, or PFA, urged Argentina to cancel the…

  • Pope Francis: ‘Never forget the Shoah’

    (JTA) — Pope Francis called on his emissaries and followers to never forget the Holocaust. “The memory of the Shoah and its atrocious violence must never be forgotten,” the pope said in a message through the Vatican’s secretary of state in Berlin to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way. “It should be a…

  • ‘The Band’s Visit’ wins 10 Tony Awards, including for best musical

    (JTA) — “The Band’s Visit,” a jewel-box musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical. “The Band’s Visit” dominated its categories during the 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night. Ari’el Stachel, the California-born son…

  • Argentine, global Jewish groups decry cancellation of soccer match in Jerusalem

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentinian and global Jewish institutions decried the cancellation of the friendly match between the national soccer teams of Israel and Argentina. The match had been scheduled to take place on Saturday in Jerusalem, before being canceled on Tuesday. “The suspension of this friendly match between Argentina and Israel was not…

  • Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and TV host, is dead at 61

    (JTA) — Anthony Bourdain, a celebrity chef and writer who hosted popular food and travel shows on CNN, is dead at 61. CNN, which confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday, said the cause of death was suicide. Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his CNN series “Parts Unknown.” A close friend found Bourdain…

  • Argentina’s national soccer team cancels match with Israel

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina’s national soccer team canceled this week’s friendly match with Israel after pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. After two months of pressure, the Argentinian team’s players late on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the match scheduled to be held on Saturday night at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem….

  • The Israel Embassy responded to Iran with a ‘Mean Girls’ tweet. Seriously.

    (JTA) — In the days before social media, embassies used to speak in the carefully circumspect language of Diplomatese. A “frank and honest” discussion meant both sides almost came to blows. If you were kicked out for a country for “activities incompatible with diplomatic status,” it meant you were a spy. That was then. The Embassy of Israel…

  • Argentine special prosecutor Aberto Nisman was murdered, appeals court confirms

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered as a direct consequence of his accusation against former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of a cover-up of Iran’s role in the1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing, a federal court ruled. The Argentinean Federal Chamber of Appeals on Friday backed the federal judge who is leading…