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  • Chabad security footage shows Nikolas Cruz ‘casually walking by’ after attack on school

    (JTA) — A Chabad center in Coral Springs, Florida, may have evidence that can help police bring the Parkland high school shooter to justice. When Rabbi Hershy Bronstein of the Chai Center Chabad saw in a report from the local sheriff’s office that a suspect had been arrested at a McDonald’s across the street from…

  • South Tel Aviv ‘living under terrorism by illegal migrants,’ government minister says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister said during a Knesset committee meeting that South Tel Aviv is “living under terrorism by illegal migrants.” Tzipi Hotovely made the statement during a Knesset State Control Committee meeting Monday about Africans migrants seeking asylum in Israel. Hotovely defended the government’s handling of the some 40,000 remaining African…

  • Vice President Mike Pence confirmed as AIPAC conference speaker

    (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference. Pence’s participation was confirmed on Monday. Last week, AIPAC announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would speak in person at the March 4-6 policy conference in Washington. Also scheduled to speak is…

  • Teacher Scott Beigel did not want to be remembered as a hero

    (JTA) — Funerals were held for three more Jewish victims of the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Hundreds of family, friends, students and colleagues attended the funeral on Sunday of teacher Scott Beigel at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida, that was live-streamed on the synagogue’s website. Beigel,…

  • EPA administrator Scott Pruitt cancels Israel trip over criticism of first-class travel

    (JTA) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt cancelled a trip to Israel after criticism of his travel expenses. Pruitt had been expected to arrive in Israel for a five-day visit and stay at the five-star King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the Washington Post reported, citing people in Israel briefed on his plans. Israeli officials…

  • Britain’s Labour Party expells Jewish anti-Zionist activist

    (JTA) — Britain’s Labour Party expelled a Jewish anti-Zionist activist following a disciplinary hearing. Tony Greenstein’s membership in the party was revoked on Sunday after a meeting of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee. He was found to have breached three of the party’s rules: “offensive comments online; offensive posts and comments on his blog; and an…

  • Israel successfully tests Arrow-3 missile defense system

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel said it successfully tested the Arrow-3 advanced missile defense system against long-range missiles. The Arrow-3 Interceptor “was launched and completed its mission,” Israel’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement issued on Monday. The test, which simulated a fully operational scenario, was conducted early Monday at a test site in central Israel…

  • National Library of Israel brings rare, ancient manuscripts to New York University

    (JTA) — Two dozen rare manuscripts from the collections of the National Library of Israel are on display in New York. The illustrated and illuminated manuscripts in Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Hebrew include a Royal Quran from the personal library of an Ottoman sultan. It is the largest ever display of National Library of Israel…

  • Israel’s Air Force bombs Gaza terror tunnel in response to rocket fire

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force attacked a terror tunnel in Gaza hours after a rocket was fired from the coastal strip into southern Israel. The rocket fired late Sunday night landed in an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, according to the IDF, triggering the Code Red warning system and sending residents…

  • Israeli telecommunications officials arrested in corruption investigation involving Netanyahu

    (JTA) — Israel Police’s corruption unit and the Israel Securities Authority have opened an investigation into the Israel telecommunications company Bezeq, part of an ongoing corruption investigation involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Several suspects reportedly were arrested on Sunday as part of the investigation, called Case 4000, in part looking into whether Netanyahu had a…