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Kushner, Greenblatt expected back for renewed diplomatic effort

By ILANA MESSIKA

Senior advisers to US President Donald Trump will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah this week to revive peace talks, a White House official confirmed today. Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive sometime Monday, followed by Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday.

“Excited to...
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Rabbis at influential NY synagogue to officiate at intermarriages

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbis at B’nai Jeshurun, an influential nondenominational synagogue in New York City, will officiate at the weddings of interfaith couples who commit to creating Jewish homes and raising Jewish children.

The new policy, which was announced at the synagogue’s annual meeting Thursday night, is intended to welcome...
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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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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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Einstein letters on God and Israel to be auctioned

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Five letters written by Albert Einstein to quantum physicist David Bohm covering topics including God, McCarthyism and the new State of Israel are expected to bring in some $20,000 when they are sold at auction next week.

Winner’s auction house in Jerusalem will conduct the live auction...
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Ivanka Trump decries ‘viciousness’ of Washington

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ivanka Trump said she did not expect the level of “viciousness” her father’s presidency would bring her, but also felt “blessed” by moments, including a private visit to the Western Wall.

“There is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting, I was not expecting the...
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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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Rocker Courtney Love calls Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour an anti-Semitic terrorist

(JTA) — Courtney Love called Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour an “anti-Semitic terrorist” in a series of tweets.

“I won’t follow anything thats being led by an anti-Semetic[sic] terrorist that’s using feminism as a tool to promote her radicalism,” the controversial musician, who is known for fronting the 90s band Hole...
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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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Montana congressman donates $50,000 to protect journalists after assaulting reporter

(JTA) — Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana has apologized for body slamming a Jewish reporter for The Guardian, a London-based newspaper, on the eve of a special election.

Gianforte late on Wednesday also announced a $50,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“My physical response to your legitimate...
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