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  • New West Bank settlement brings in temporary housing for outpost evacuees

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Trailers for the families evacuated last year from the Amona outpost were installed at the site of a new West Bank settlement established for them. The 42 families have been living in the dormitories of a field school in the nearby settlement of Ofra since they were evacuated from homes built on…

  • Polish Holocaust law will not lead to criminal charges, government minister says

    (JTA) — The newly passed Polish Holocaust law will not lead to criminal charges, according to a government minister. The law, which takes effect at the end of the month, criminalizes claims that the Polish nation or state are responsible for Nazi crimes. Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki said late Tuesday in an interview on Polish…

  • African asylum seekers in Israel go on hunger strike to protest imprisonment

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — African asylum seekers in a detention center in southern Israel began a hunger strike after the first seven Eritreans who refused to leave the country were jailed. The hunger strike by 750 asylum seekers detained at the Holot open detention facility began Tuesday night after the seven men were transferred to the nearby…

  • Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg each pledge $500,000 to gun control march by Florida students

    (JTA) — Director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg have pledged $500,000 each to the student-organized March For Our Lives imploring action on gun control. The nationwide protest scheduled for March 24 is the brainchild of the Never Again movement organized by the student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland,…

  • Former Netanyahu confidant agrees to turn state’s evidence in corruption investigation

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A former civil servant and confidant of Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state’s evidence that could incriminate the prime minister in a corruption investigation. Shlomo Filber, the suspended director general of the Ministry of Communications, agreed in exchange for a lighter sentence to provide police with information about Netanyahu’s part in the…

  • New bribery scandal centers on fraud case against Sara Netanyahu

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A former spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu is accused of offering to make a judge attorney general if she agreed to close a case against the Israeli prime minister’s wife. The suspected bribe was first reported Tuesday morning by reporter Ben Caspit of the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Maariv. Caspit reported that Nir Hefetz,…

  • Canadian rabbi challenges Israel’s Chief Rabbinate over ‘blacklist’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A prominent Canadian rabbi told the director-general of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate that his inclusion on a so-called blacklist of rabbis from the Diaspora has “eroded” his community’s trust in him. Rabbi Adam Scheier of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal traveled to Israel for one day to take part in a Knesset committee meeting on…

  • New Jersey rabbi arrested for meeting teen prostitute

    (JTA) — A New Jersey rabbi registered as a sex offender was among three people arrested in connection with the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl. Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, of East Brunswick, has been charged with engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a…

  • University of Kansas opens kosher kitchen in student dining hall

    (JTA) — The University of Kansas has opened a kosher kitchen on campus. The kitchen opened earlier this month in a university dining hall, the Lawrence Journal-World reported, in a partnership between the K.U. Dining Services and the campus Chabad. Kosher dinners will be served each Tuesday for now. Students can use their meal plan…

  • Canadian JCC gets anti-Semitic hate mail

    (JTA) — A Jewish community center in Windsor, Ontario, received anti-Semitic hate mail that was similar to that sent to several Canadian synagogues two months ago. The flier, which calls to “Expel the Jews to the lake of fire!!!” and declares this is “Expulsion History Month,” was delivered to the center by regular mail on…