Otto Warmbier’s Hillel rabbi recalls ‘one of the most intellectually curious people I’ve ever met’

(JTA) – Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma, was remembered by friends and loved ones at a public memorial officiated by his college Hillel rabbi.

Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director of the...
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Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt after Netanyahu meeting: Making peace will ‘take time’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Arriving at an Israeli-Palestinian peace will “take time,” President Donald Trump’s top two negotiators said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The United States officials and Israeli leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create...
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US calls on UN Security Council to denounce Hamas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called for a United Nations resolution that would condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Haley delivered her remarks Tuesday at a Security Council meeting on the Middle East, saying Hamas is a danger to both Israel and the Palestinians.

“The Security Council must...
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Otto Warmbier, American student detained in North Korea, dies

(JTA) — Otto Warmbier, an American student who was held in North Korea for over 17 months and returned home comatose to Ohio last week, has died. He was 22.

“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” Warmbier’s family told...
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New Zealand art festival apologizes for removing word Israel from ‘Joseph’ lyrics

(JTA) — The long-time director of an arts festival in New Zealand has apologized for removing the word “Israel” from a song in the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” scheduled to be performed there.

May Pritchard, who has coordinated the Artsplash festival for the last 30 years, said...
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Otto Warmbier, American student released from North Korea, was active in Hillel

(JTA) — Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student imprisoned by North Korea who remains in a coma since his release this week, was active at the campus Hillel and cared deeply about the Jewish community, its rabbi recalls.

Warmbier, 22, a Cincinnati native, was traveling on a student tour...
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2 US men charged with finding Israeli and American targets for Hezbollah

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Two men living in the U.S. have been charged for working for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

A release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan on Thursday said Ali Kourani, 32, and Samer El Debek, 37, were arrested on June 1 for providing material support to...
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Arab countries are turning on Qatar. What does it mean for Israel?

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) – Five Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on Monday, escalating a long-simmering competition for preeminence in the region into actions that could set the stage for war.

Saudi Arabia, which is leading the charge, has cut off Qatar’s only land crossing – and what...
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Arsonists attack two kosher restaurants in Manchester, England

(JTA) — Police in Manchester, in northwestern England, say that arson attacks on two kosher restaurants are “anti-Semitic hate crimes.”

The attacks, which police say they believe are linked, took place in the north Manchester neighborhood of Prestwich within five days of each other, the latest on Tuesday, the London-based...
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UN secretary-general calls for Palestinian state in statement marking 50th anniversary of Six-Day War

NEW YORK (JTA) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The statement, issued Monday, said the war “resulted in Israel’s occupation of the...
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