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By striking in Syria, Israel sends clear message to Iran that it will not be deterred

By YAAKOV LAAPIN

– Israel launched a broad wave of precision airstrikes early on Wednesday morning, hitting dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets, and sending a very strong message that Israel is rejecting Iran’s attempt to force new “rules of the game” against it.

Most of the...
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Israel might be headed to a third round of elections in less than a year

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel may be headed to its third election in the span of one year. But then again, it may not be.

Benny Gantz, head of the centrist Blue and White party, informed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday that he could not form a...
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Jeremy Corbyn mispronounces Jeffrey Epstein’s name, and critics have a field day

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) – The last thing Jeremy Corbyn needs is another Jewish controversy.

The embattled British Labour Party leader has been dogged by claims of anti-Semitism among his supporters for years, and the issue is significantly hurting his polling numbers ahead of the Dec. 12 United Kingdom election.

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California Democrats vote down ‘highly flawed anti-Israel’ amendment to party platform

(JTA) — California Democrats voted down an amendment to their party platform that called for the right of return for Palestinians and eliminated references to the two-state solution.

The amendment presented Sunday at the state party’s fall convention also advocated for the return of the descendants of Jewish refugees in...
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Trump administration removes ‘illegal’ designation from settlements

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration will no longer regard West Bank Jewish settlement as illegal, another dramatic change that aligns it with Israel’s right-wing government.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in reviewing the history of U.S. policy on settlements said that since 1978, the United States has regarded settlements...
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Palestinian photographer covering West Bank demonstration loses sight in eye hit by Israeli bullet

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian photographer has lost his sight in one eye after he was hit in the eye with a bullet fired by an Israeli border policeman.

Muad Amarna was wearing a bullet-proof vest with the label “Press” and a helmet while covering a demonstration in a Palestinian...
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Netflix to add clarification to documentary that angered Poland

(JTA) — Netflix said that it will add a clarification on some maps shown in its new documentary about the Nazi concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk following complaints.

The correction announcement Thursday came days after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sent a letter to Netflix’s chief executive saying the maps...
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill agrees to resolution over anti-Semitism complaint

(JTA) — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has agreed to a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education over an anti-Semitism complaint.

The Zionist Organization of America filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in April over a university-sponsored conference...
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34 Palestinians killed, 58 Israelis injured in rocket attacks from Gaza and Israel this week

(JTA) — Fifty-eight Israelis were injured during the wave of rocket attacks fired by terror groups from Gaza this week. Thirty-four Palestinians, most of them reported to be members of Islamic Jihad and other Gaza terror groups, were killed in retaliatory strikes.

The attacks cost the Israeli economy $315 million...
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Anti-Semitism is spiking in Brooklyn, and officials don’t know why

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Days after a series of attacks against Jews across Brooklyn, the Anti-Defamation League announced that it would double funding for a school program combating hate.

But city officials say more than education is needed to stop the rash of attacks, which have spiked...
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