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  • High school textbooks in Texas blame Arab world for conflict with Israel

    (JTA) — High school textbooks in Texas have blamed the Arab world for its conflict with Israel — and they will continue to do so following a review of the state’s public school curriculum. The Texas State Board of Education voted on Friday to keep a social studies requirement that high school students learn that…

  • Yankees and Red Sox meet in rare midweek day game due to Yom Kippur

    (JTA) — The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will meet in a rare midweek day game in the Bronx on the eve of Yom Kippur. The game was scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday in order to avoid conflicting with Judaism’s holiest day of the year, The New York Times reported. A Red…

  • Russia blames Israel after its military aircraft shot down over Syria

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Russia is blaming Israel after one of its military aircraft was shot down over Syria. The plane disappeared Monday from radar following an alleged Israeli airstrike on a Syrian air base near Latakia. Israel used the Russian reconnaissance aircraft as cover for its mission, Russia’s Ministry of Defense charged in a statement on…

  • Woman says Ari Fuld shot Palestinian assailant as he tried to stab her

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An employee of a West Bank falafel shop said the Palestinian teen who stabbed Ari Fuld was running at her brandishing his knife when Fuld shot him. Hila Peretz told Israel’s 10 News that she had served Palestinian assailant Khalil Jabarin, 17, the falafel platter he had purchased and sat on a…

  • US cuts number of refugees to lowest level in 4 decades, drawing Jewish communal criticism

    (JTA) — The United States will cut the number of refugees that it will accept for 2019 to the lowest level set since the Refugee Act became law in 1980, drawing condemnation from Jewish groups. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that up to 30,000 refugees will be resettled in the United States…

  • Netanyahu announces 1,000 Ethiopian Jews will be brought to Israel. Community advocates want more.

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he has decided to bring some 1,000 Ethiopian Falash Mura who have children living in Israel to the country. Netanyahu made the announcement on Monday at a meeting of the Ministerial Committee on the Advancement and Integration of Israeli Citizens of Ethiopian Origin. There are…

  • Wisconsin inmate charged with mailing threats to local JCC from jail

    (JTA) — A Wisconsin inmate was charged with mailing threats to a Jewish community center in the state from a county jail. A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Chadwick Grubbs, 33, for mailing threats on three days in May to the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay. Grubbs…

  • British Jews come together for Manchester rally against rising anti-Semitism in UK and Labour Party

    (JTA) — More than 2,500 people demonstrated in Manchester, England, in a display of Jewish unity against increasing anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom and the problem of anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party. Some 32 Jewish groups ranging from Orthodox to Progressive Reform came together to sponsor Sunday’s rally during a rainstorm in Britain’s second-largest…

  • Republican Jewish Coalition launches $1 million ad campaign against senator who backed Iran deal

    (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition launched a $1 million television and digital advertising campaign in North Dakota against its incumbent senator over her support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.. The campaign targeting Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, was launched last week and will air throughout September in the Fargo and Minot markets. Titled “Roots,”…

  • Woody Allen’s wife Soon Yi Previn defends him against accusations of child sexual abuse

    (JTA)– Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of filmmaker Woody Allen, defended her husband of 25 years against charges that he sexually abused his adopted daughter when she was 7. “What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn, 47, told New York magazine in an interview published in the Sept. 17 issue and posted on…