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Israeli Arab transgender beauty queen opens up about her story

By GIOVANNA PAZ

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — The Israeli Embassy marked LGBT Pride Month with a reception for Jewish and Israeli activists and leaders.

About 100 people attended the event, which featured an address by Talleen Abu Hana, an Arab Christian from Nazareth who won the first Miss Trans Israel beauty...
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Netanyahu: Israel stands with victims of shooting attack on Republicans

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent wishes for a speedy recovery to the victims of the shooting at a Republican team’s baseball practice for a charity game against congressional Democrats.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Israel, I send our heartfelt wishes for a full...
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Co-author of controversial book ‘The King’s Torah’ indicted for incitement over 2 op-eds

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A West Bank rabbi who co-authored “The King’s Torah,” a treatise on halachah, or Jewish law, that discusses situations in which Jews are permitted to kill non-Jews, was indicted for incitement to violence.

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur of the Yitzhar settlement was indicted Tuesday for two opinion articles...
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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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Israel’s defense minister proclaims peace closer than ever

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel is “far closer” to an agreement with the Palestinians than it has ever been before.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TV station Thursday, Liberman expressed confidence that an offer of normalized relations with Arab states would bring the...
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Israeli support for gay marriage is at an all-time high

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Ahead of Tel Aviv Pride, 79 percent of Israelis Jews told pollsters they support allowing same-sex marriage or civil unions for gay couples.

According to Hiddush, the religious pluralism group that commissioned the poll released Thursday, public support for allowing gay couples to marry in Israel...
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Publication of pro-terrorist ad in The Forward raises eyebrows in Jewish media world

By RAFAEL MEDOFF

(JNS.org) — The decision by the Jewish weekly newspaper The Forward to publish a paid advertisement supporting imprisoned Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti is being questioned by some editors of other American Jewish newspapers.

The full-page ad appeared in The Forward’s June 2 edition. It was sponsored by...
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Abbas reportedly ready to suspend settlement freeze demand to restart peace talks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to suspend his demand that Israel freeze West Bank settlement construction as a condition for restarting peace talks, a top adviser said.

Abbas is also willing to mute his campaign to single Israel out for condemnation at the United Nations...
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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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50th anniversary of Jerusalem reunification celebrated at Capitol, Knesset

By GIOVANNA PAZ

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, together with the speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a simultaneous celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

The event Wednesday, organized by Israeli Ambassador to...
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