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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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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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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.

Rep....
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Palestinian terrorist who killed American teen gets 4 life sentences

(JNS.org) — 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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Baltimore solidarity event protests swastika incident at Jewish museum

(JTA) — Baltimore Jewish leaders and local political officials came together for a solidarity event days after a swastika was painted on a sign for The Jewish Museum of Maryland.

The sign is located outside of B’Nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue, where Sunday’s solidarity rally took place, the Baltimore Sun...
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Over 100 leaflets with hand-drawn swastikas left at Virginia Tech Chabad

(JTA) — More than 100 leaflets with hand-drawn swastikas were found dropped on the front yard of the Chabad Jewish student center at Virginia Tech.

The leaflets were discovered at the student center located across the street from the Blacksburg university on Saturday afternoon by the Chabad’s center co-director, Rabbi...
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Ohio State Hillel drops Jewish LGBT group for co-sponsoring event by pro-BDS group

(JTA) — Ohio State University’s Hillel cut ties with a Jewish LGBTQ student group for co-sponsoring an event organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The divorce is the latest flare-up in an ongoing dispute among campus Jewish groups over Hillel International guidelines rejecting partnerships with...
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Jewish officials fret Trump budget will gut security grants

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing the recent increase in threats to Jewish institutions, Jewish community officials urged Congress to preserve a security assistance program for nonprofits that could be threatened under President Donald Trump’s budget.

“Congress should consider ways to strengthen the program rather than dismantle it,” William Daroff, the Washington...
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