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  • Betsy DeVos visits 2 Orthodox schools on New York City trip

    (JTA) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited two yeshiva high schools in New York this week, amid allegations that such schools fail to provide an appropriate secular education. “Secretary DeVos made these historic visits to better understand Jewish education, a unique and time-honored tradition, within the diversity of the American educational tapestry,” said Rabbi Abba…

  • British magazine publishes article calling Nazis the heroes of D-Day

    (JTA) — A far-right race baiter who works as a columnist for a respected weekly British current affairs magazine wrote a piece sympathizing with the Wehrmacht, the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany. Thursday’s column by Taki Theodoracopulos, a Greek writer who lives in London and New York, is behind a paywall. In the column,…

  • Billionaire David Tepper buys NFL’s Carolina Panthers

    (JTA) — Billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper is the new owner of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Tepper on Wednesday purchased the team for a record $2.3 billion from Jerry Richardson, who announced plans to sell the team after reports accusing him of workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur….

  • A popular Jerusalem entertainment complex won’t have to close on Shabbat

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An entertainment and cultural complex built in a former 19th-century train station in Jerusalem will continue to operate on Shabbat, the city’s mayor said. Mayor Nir Barkat told the local news website Kol Ha’ir that he will allow the First Station complex to continue to operate as it has since it opened…

  • Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza over gunfire on Sderot and soldiers

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli fighter jets struck several Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip after homes in the southern Israeli town of Sderot were struck with machine gun fire from Gaza. Four of the targets in the overnight Wednesday to Thursday attack were buildings and terror infrastructure and three more were a part of…

  • David Friedman chose the ‘controversial’ pastor who gave embassy prayer, State Department says

    (JTA) — A Dallas pastor who has disparaged Jews, Mormons and Muslims was invited to deliver a prayer at the Jerusalem embassy dedication by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, the State Department said. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of a Southern Baptist megachurch, is a Fox News contributor, a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump…

  • South Africa’s ruling party says Israel’s actions on Gaza border are ‘Nazi-like’

    (JTA) — The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling political party, compared Israel’s actions on the Gaza border to Nazi Germany’s actions against the Jews. The ANC in a statement said it “views with complete shock and dismay the Israeli armed forces’ massacre of peaceful Palestinian protesters.” “We watched in complete disbelief as a people,…

  • Turkey and Israel embarrass each other’s diplomats with strict airport searches

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Turkey, who was ordered expelled from the country in response to the violence on Israel’s border with Gaza, was subjected to a strict security screening while boarding a flight home. In response, Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned a Turkish diplomat and subjected him to an inspection of his diplomatic papers…

  • Human Rights Watch sues Israel to prevent deportation of its local director

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Human Rights Watch sued Israel’s Interior Ministry to prevent its local director from being deported over his past involvement in the BDS movement. The NGO filed the lawsuit in Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday in order to keep its director of Israel/Palestine, Omar Shakir, from being deported after his work permit was…

  • Campaign robocall refers to Sen. Dianne Feinstein as ‘traitorous’ Jew

    (JTA) — A robocall against California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein used anti-Semitic slurs and urged listeners to support the campaign of her neo-Nazi challenger. The 90-second call refers to Feinstein as a “traitorous” Jew and “an Israeli citizen pretending to be an American.” Patrick Little, who is running as a Republican, is polling at 18 percent…