• US leaves UN Human Rights Council over Israel bias

    By RON KAMPEAS

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council because of its bias against Israel.

    Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, jointly announced the pullout on Tuesday evening.

    “The Human Rights Council is an exercise in shameless hypocrisy,” Pompeo told the media at the State Department.

    Haley said the decision came after her “good faith” effort to reform the body was obstructed by others.

    The body “was not worthy of its name,” she said.

    The decision split those who,...
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  • Oscar J. Tolmas L’Dor v’Dor Lobby dedicated

    The Oscar J. Tolmas L’Dor V’Dor Lobby was dedicated this week, an opportunity by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans to emphasize the importance of tzedekah (charity) and to recount the life, career and loves of Oscar Tolmas. 

    In simple ceremonies on the third floor of the Jewish Federation Campus...
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    ‘The Band’s Visit’ wins 10 Tony Awards, including for best musical

    (JTA) — “The Band’s Visit,” a jewel-box musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical.

    “The Band’s Visit” dominated its categories during the 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall Sunday...
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Current News

Commentary magazine sees a new split in the black-Jewish alliance

By CHARLES DUNST

NEW YORK (JTA) — Commentary, the conservative Jewish magazine, weighed in on black-Jewish relations in its June issue, and some are crying foul.

The issue features articles on Black Lives Matter, intersectionality and anti-Semitism in the black community,...
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Lapid to push for global recognition of Golan annexation

(TPS) — The Golan Heights will remain under Israeli sovereignty, and the time is ripe to ask the Trump administration to reverse long-standing American policy and recognize Israel’s 1981 annexation of the territory, Yesh Atid Parry Chairman Yair Lapid told...
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‘Bombs would have destroyed buses, cafes,’ says battalion commander

(JNS.org) –Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, announced on Sunday that it had broken up a major Hamas terrorist cell that was forming in the West Bank Palestinian city of Nablus.

The Shin Bet described the cell as unusual...
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Breaking News

Businessman William Mexic funeral in Dallas today

WILLIAM “BILL” MEXIC, a prominent former New Orleans businessman and civic leader, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018 in Dallas. He was 88 years old.

Mexic was a New Orleans native. Following his graduation from Tulane University, he served...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: The road to LGBTQ acceptance in Israel was bumpy (I should know)

By JONATHAN DANILOWITZ

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Tel Aviv has been decked out in rainbow flags for weeks. Suddenly, it seems, every restaurant, coffee shop and store is super “gay friendly.”

The city’s Pride Parade is traditionally held on the...
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