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Cori Bush, candidate who expressed support for BDS, defeats longtime congressman in Missouri Democratic primary

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Cori Bush, a civil rights activist who has expressed support for the boycott Israel movement, defeated a longtime pro-Israel incumbent in a Democratic congressional primary in St. Louis.

Bush defeated Lacy Gray by 3 percentage points, 48.6% to 45.5% in the primary Tuesday. In...
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Jewish and Black historical cemeteries vandalized in Virginia with Nazi symbol

(JTA) — Two historic cemeteries in Virginia, one Jewish and one African-American, were vandalized with graffiti featuring “777,” shorthand for the triskele hate symbol.

The vandalism was discovered Monday at Richmond’s Evergreen Cemetery and at the Sir Moses Montefiore Cemetery in Henrico County on the border with Richmond, the Richmond...
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An activist says it is ‘electioneering’ for nonprofits to call candidates racist. Jewish groups say it’s routine.

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A pro-Israel activist has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service that, if successful, could severely restrict freedom of speech for non-governmental organizations.

David Abrams’ lawsuit alleges that the nonprofit New Israel Fund “electioneered” in violation of its tax-exempt status by supporting grantees...
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Haddasah offers webinar with ‘Heroes’ from Apeirogon

Hadassah New Orleans and The American Friends of the Parents Circle – Families Forum have announced a jointly-sponsored webinar discussion via Zoom with Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin, the real-life heroes of the novel “Aperirogon” by Colum McCann.

The webinar on August 5 at noon CDT...
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Larry Johnson, former Kansas City Chiefs running back, tweets that Jews are involved in sex trafficking, pedophilia and more

(JTA) — Larry Johnson, a former running back who played seven seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, tweeted multiple times to his more than 147,000 followers over the weekend that a Jewish “cabal” is involved in “Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Pedophilia, Ritualistic Child Torture, Perversion, Human Sacrifice/Murder.” And on Monday,...
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Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, says she won’t stand for authoritarianism in Portland

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — When reports emerged two weeks ago about federal agents seizing protesters from the streets of Portland and putting them in unmarked vans, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sued to get federal officers off the street.

A judge rejected Rosenblum’s request for a preliminary restraining order...
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‘Was she talking about me?’ Nick Cannon ends July by reviewing Bari Weiss’ ‘How to Fight Anti-Semitism’

By PHILISSA CRAMER

Nick Cannon and Bari Weiss exploded into the news within a day of each other this month. So perhaps it is only fitting that the entertainer, who found himself in hot water after making anti-Semitic comments on his podcast, ended the month by reviewing the former New...
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Seattle’s only freestanding, certified kosher restaurant closes amid pandemic pressure

(JTA) — If you keep kosher in Seattle — whose metro area is home to more than 60,000 Jews — you now have to head to the suburbs for a restaurant meal you can eat.

The city’s only freestanding, certified kosher restaurant, Bamboo Garden, is serving its last meals today....
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Seth Rogen says Israel ‘doesn’t make sense’ and opens up about his Jewish identity in interview with Marc Maron

(JTA) — Marc Maron warned listeners at the beginning of the latest episode of his “WTF” podcast on Monday: “If you don’t like Jews, you’re gonna get triggered.”

It was a fair disclaimer, given that his hour-long conversation with Seth Rogen touched on just about every general aspect of modern...
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Ontario pulls video called biased against Israel from online high school course

(JTA) — Ontario’s education minister ordered a video that a Jewish group said is biased against Israel be removed from an online course.

Stephen Lecce tweeted that he is “very concerned that this offensive material was on a learning website” and that “I immediately ordered it to be taken down...
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