New group for progressive Zionists to march in Chicago SlutWalk

(JTA) — Calling themselves progressive and Zionist, about a dozen activists plan on marching in a Chicago demonstration against sexual violence to promote the idea that Zionism and liberal values are compatible. Members of the Zioness initiative, which launched Tuesday, will march together on Saturday at SlutWalk Chicago, a women’s...
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Netanyahu slams ‘fake news’ at Tel Aviv rally, calls investigations a ‘witch hunt’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently the subject of multiple corruption investigation, lashed out at the “fake news” media at a rally attended by thousands of Likud Party supporters. Held Wednesday at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, the rally was organized by coalition chairman and Likud lawmaker David...
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French Jewish group ties car ramming near Paris to their complaint about hate crime

(JTA) — French Jewish leaders seized on a suspected terrorist attack against police officers to again criticize authorities for not labeling the murder of a Jewish woman as a hate crime. On Wednesday, the CRIF umbrella group of French Jews posted a sarcastic statement on Facebook about the car-ramming Wednesday...
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Tablet magazine hires reporter who broke story of Jewish women kicked out of Chicago Dyke March

(JTA) — Tablet magazine has hired a journalist who was relieved of her reporting duties at a Chicago newspaper after breaking the story of three Jewish women who were ejected from a lesbian march.

In July, Gretchen Rachel Hammond, formerly an award-winning reporter for the Windy City Times, a Chicago...
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Israeli soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist enters military prison

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli soldier convicted of shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist entered military prison to begin serving his 18-month sentence. Elor Azaria arrived at a military base in the center of the county on Wednesday, a day after the Military Court of Appeals denied his request to delay...
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Camp Ramah in the Rockies relocates to borrowed facility after devastating fire

(JTA) — Camp Ramah in the Rockies relocated to the nearby JCC Ranch Camp after a fire destroyed the building housing the camp kitchen, dining hall and administrative offices. Camp staff and 130 campers moved to their new home in Elbert, Colorado, on Tuesday after spending a day in Denver....
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The corruption scandals plaguing Benjamin Netanyahu and his family, explained


(JTA) — He has a firm grip on the government, but a mounting political scandal might bring him down. Officials from his own party have begun to distance themselves from him, but he remains defiant.

Oh, and his son is in trouble, too.

Just one more thing...
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Israel’s drip irrigation giant sold to Mexican company for $1.5 billion

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Mexican industrial group will acquire control of the Israeli drip irrigation giant Netafim for $1.5 billion.

Mexichem has agreed to buy an 80 percent stake in Netafim, the world’s largest drip irrigation company, in a deal valuing the company at $1.895 billion. It will...
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David Satterfield, veteran U.S. diplomat with Mideast experience, named assistant secretary of state

(JTA) — David Satterfield, a veteran U.S. diplomat with experience in the Middle East, will become acting assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs.

Satterfield will take the position on Sept. 5, replacing Stu Jones, who will retire on Aug. 11, a State Department official told JTA. His appointment...
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Minnesota Jewish community affirms solidarity with firebombed mosque

(JTA) — The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota affirmed its solidarity with the Muslim community in the wake of an attack on a local mosque.

The blast at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Minneapolis occurred early Saturday while worshippers were gathered for early morning prayers. No one...
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