Pope Francis appeals for ‘moderation and dialogue’ over Temple Mount violence

ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis appealed for “moderation and dialogue” in the wake of recent violence in Jerusalem centering on the Temple Mount.

Addressing crowds who braved fierce heat to gather for his Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, the pope said he was “following with trepidation the grave...
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White House to Iran: Return missing CIA consultant Robert Levinson and other ‘unjustly imprisoned Americans’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration called on Iran to return a Jewish-American man who disappeared from Iran in 2007 while working on behalf of the CIA.

The statement issued Friday by the White House said the United States is “redoubling efforts to bring home all Americans unjustly detained abroad,”...
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London Orthodox rabbis call for boycott of Jewish cultural center over LGBT programming

(JTA) — A group of Orthodox rabbis in London have called on their members to boycott the city’s JW3 Jewish cultural center because it holds events for LGBT Jews.

Signed by seven haredi Orthodox rabbi, the letter released Friday calls on members of their communities to “distance themselves fully from...
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Israeli student art project containing relics from Auschwitz will be exhibited

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The final project of an art student who said she used artifacts she removed from Auschwitz will go on display after she clarified that they came from outside the former Nazi camp.

Beit Berl College near Kfar Saba in central Israel announced late last week that the...
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Why this poster of a Jewish man and a Muslim woman kissing caused a scandal in Europe


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — In a country where sex toys are displayed in shop windows and television commercials often feature nudity, a picture of a clothed, heterosexual couple kissing may not seem like the stuff of scandal.

But precisely such an image — part of a poster campaign...
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A tale of two Palestinian worlds; sharp dichotomy between Israeli minorities


( — For slightly more than a decade, the two main areas slated for a future Palestinian state—the disputed territories and the Gaza Strip—have been ruled by competing factions, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Hamas terror group. While many in the international community continue to endorse...
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Anti-Semitism, Hungary and Netanyahu: What you need to know


(JTA) — To critics of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister’s visit to Hungary this week was a disgrace and an abandonment of local Jews in their fight against a government that is widely seen as one of Europe’s worst promoters of anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism.

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Granddaughter of Holocaust survivors removed Auschwitz relics to use for art project

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum said it will file a complaint with the Polish prosecutor against an Israeli woman, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, who removed relics from site.

Rotem Bides, 27, an art student at the Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, visited the Auschwitz site...
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Hungarian prime minister acknowledges his country’s ‘sin’ of abandoning its Jews to the Nazis

(JTA) — Hungary committed a “sin” in not protecting its Jewish citizens during World War II and collaborating with the Nazis, the country’s prime minister said while vowing it would never happen again.

Viktor Orban, speaking at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following their meeting...
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Policy shift: US ambassador to Israel sits in on special envoy’s meeting with Palestinians

(JTA) — The State Department characterized the inclusion of the U.S. ambassador to Israel in meetings with Palestinian officials as an “upgrading” in relations.

David Friedman joined Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, at a meeting Tuesday with Palestinian officials in Jerusalem. The Palestinian peace...
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