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  • Israel passes controversial law that cements it as country for Jews

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset passed controversial legislation making Israel the “nation-state of the Jewish people,” angering groups in Israel and the Diaspora. The so-called Nationality Law enshrines in Israel’s quasi-constitutional Basic Law that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people. It passed early Thursday morning after hours of contentious debate by a vote…

  • Israeli police question Conservative rabbi for performing a marriage

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Conservative rabbi in Israel was awakened by police early Thursday morning and taken in for questioning over performing an illegal marriage ceremony. Rabbi Dov Haiyun of Haifa was taken to a local police station by two officers at 5:30 a.m. for questioning after the Haifa Rabbinical Court filed a complaint against…

  • Mark Zuckerberg clarifies remarks on not deleting Holocaust denial posts from Facebook

    (JTA) – Mark Zuckerberg clarified remarks he made in an interview published online in which he said that he would not automatically remove Holocaust-denying posts from Facebook. The remarks by Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, in an interview with tech journalist Kara Swisher published on the Recode website, were widely covered by…

  • ‘Facebook Law’ would allow Israeli government to block social media content

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government would have far-reaching power to remove or block content from social media sites under legislation coming up for a vote in the Knesset. The so-called Facebook Law could delete the content for reasons that include incitement to terrorism without criminal proceeding and without any admissible evidence. The legislation, which…

  • Far left Jewish groups defend Israel critics from ‘false accusations of anti-Semitism’

    (JTA) — Thirty-six far left Jewish groups from around the world have signed a statement condemning the conflation of anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel. “As social justice organizations from around the world, we write this letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of organizations that support Palestinian rights in general and the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment…

  • Knesset restores war powers to Cabinet, saying prime minister and defense minister can’t act alone

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s prime minister and defense minister no longer have the authority to declare war. On Tuesday, the Knesset rescinded an amendment it passed in May that gave the two leaders that authority. The measure passed its second and third readings by a vote of 77-16. “It is appropriate that a decision of the…

  • British teen leader sparks a new controversy with Israel tour job

    (JTA) — Nina Morris-Evans is part of a tour in Israel this summer after all — and again causing controversy. The Reform movement youth leader in Britain, who was dropped last month as a leader of its youth group’s summer tour in Israel for participating in a public Kaddish for Gaza, has joined a tour…

  • Syrian refugees approach Israeli border waving white flags

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Dozens of Syrian refugees approached the Israeli border, many waving white flags, apparently seeking sanctuary as the Syrian army continues to battle with rebels. The refugees, including women and children, stopped some 200 yards from the fence and were told by Israeli soldiers manning the area to turn back, Reuters reported. “You…

  • New Israeli law bans groups critical of the military from schools

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset passed legislation that would ban organizations critical of the Israeli military from entering schools. The law, which appears aimed at the Breaking the Silence NGO, passed early Tuesday morning on second and third readings by a vote of 43-24. Breaking the Silence brings former Israeli soldiers to schools and other…

  • Gaza Palestinians send bird into Israel to set fires

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — First it was kites and balloons. Now Gaza Palestinians are using birds to set fires in southern Israel. On Monday afternoon, Israel Nature and Parks Authority personnel found a kestrel, a member of the falcon family and a common bird in Israel, hanging from a burned tree wearing a harness attached to…