Deeply divided Senate confirms David Friedman as envoy to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate confirmed David Friedman, a confidante of President Donald Trump who outraged some Jewish groups with his broadsides against liberal Jews, as ambassador to Israel.

The 52-46 vote on Thursday afternoon hewed mostly to party lines. Only two Democrats — Sens. Robert Menendez of New...
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Second Montreal mosque hosts imam calling for death of Jews

(JTA) — A second Montreal mosque hosted an imam offering a speech demonizing Jews and quoting from the Quran to kill them.

In a speech last December at the Dar al-Arkam mosque, Muhammad bin Musa al Nasr described Jews as “the most evil of mankind” and as “human demons,” the...
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Jeff Sessions: JCC bomb threat probe spanned multiple continents

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the arrest in Israel of a teenager allegedly responsible for more than 100 bomb threats against U.S. Jewish institutions was the culmination of an investigation “spanning multiple continents.”

“Today’s arrest in Israel is the culmination of a large-scale investigation spanning multiple continents...
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Jewish groups quarrel over memorial service at pro-BDS group’s conference

(JTA) — An Israel advocacy group criticized a pro-BDS group for denying its request to hold a memorial event for Israeli terror victims at its conference.

Jewish Voice for Peace, which is organizing the confab, said it had already planned its own general memorial event.

The Israel advocacy group StandWithUs...
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Netanyahu praises China upon completing state visit there

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked the Great Wall of China at the end of a state visit to China.

During the visit, which ended Wednesday, the University of Haifa signed an agreement with the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, a Chinese conglomerate, and the Institute of Automation at...
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Jewish groups urge Congress to preserve anti-Semitism monitor

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish defense groups urged Congress to preserve the State Department’s anti-Semitism monitor.

Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Secure Community Network testified Wednesday before the human rights subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Palestinian terrorist who killed American teen gets 4 life sentences

( — Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub, who was convicted of murdering American teen Ezra Schwartz in November 2015, received four life sentences from Israel’s Ofer military court.

Schwartz, 18,  a Massachusetts native, was studying in Israel for his gap year before his planned attendance of Rutgers University. He was...
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Ivanka Trump scores West Wing office, government security clearances

(JTA) —  Ivanka Trump, the Jewish daughter of President Donald Trump, reportedly is working out of a West Wing office and is in the process of receiving a government security clearance.

Ivanka Trump’s office is on the second floor, next to senior adviser Dina Powell, who was promoted recently to...
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Report: Lawmaker plans database of Israeli citizens supporting BDS

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s public security minister plans to set up a database of Israeli citizens involved in supporting boycotts against Israel or West Bank settlements.

Gilad Erdan, the minister of public security and strategic affairs, whose office is responsible for coordinating Israel’s response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...
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Co-founder of BDS movement arrested in Israel for tax evasion

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel was arrested in Israel for tax evasion.

Omar Barghouti, a Qatari-born Palestinian who lives in northern Israel with his Israeli-Arab wife, was arrested Monday and questioned before being released a few hours later on bail, the...
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