Lorde cancelled her concert in Israel. Here’s what 5 other artists did this year

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN   (JTA) — Pop star Lorde’s decision to cancel her scheduled concert in Israel has sparked some fierce reactions, even if most of them were expected.

The 21-year-old New Zealand native’s move earned praise from proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, who said she was taking a...
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Lorde cancels Tel Aviv concert after pro-Palestinian fans’ backlash

(JTA) — Pop star Lorde has canceled a summer concert in Tel Aviv announced less than a week ago after pro-Palestinian fans in her native New Zealand criticized her.

Israeli concert organizers announced the cancellation Sunday night, according to local media, including the Hebrew-language Ynet, and said ticket sales would be refunded.

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UN Security Council mulls resolution to rescind US Jerusalem recognition

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United Nations Security Council was considering a draft resolution that would rescind U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The resolution was circulated to the council Saturday, but will almost certainly be vetoed by Washington. Still, diplomats said the Egyptian-drafted text has wide...
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Toronto billionaire Barry Sherman and wife were strangled to death, autopsy finds

(JTA)— Billionaire philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were strangled to death, the autopsies revealed.

Toronto Police released a statement late Sunday that said the cause of death was “ligature neck compression.”

The investigation into the deaths of Barry Sherman, 75, the founder and chairman of the generic drug...
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Anti-Semitism rampant among Muslim refugees in Germany, study finds

BERLIN (JTA) — Anti-Semitism among Muslim refugees is rampant and requires urgent attention, a new study suggests.

But the study commissioned by the American Jewish Committee’s Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin also suggests that refugees from persecuted minority communities are more likely to take a stand against anti-Semitism...
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Israel’s intelligence affairs minister proposes Saudi-led peace negotiations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz proposed that Saudi Arabia sponsor new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in an interview with a Saudi newspaper.

In the wide-ranging interview published Wednesday on the Elaph website, Katz said he would be willing to join in negotiations initiated by Saudi Arabia, indicating that the American...
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Abbas says Palestinians refuse US role in peace process over Jerusalem recognition

(JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians will no longer allow the United States to have a role in the peace process due to President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“It will be unacceptable for it to have a role in the political...
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Congress will miss its deadline to reimpose sanctions on Iran deal. What happens next?


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two months ago, President Donald Trump triggered a deadline about to come due on the Iran nuclear deal by decertifying Iran’s compliance. That meant Congress had 60 days to reimpose sanctions.

Sixty days later — on Dec. 12 — Congress is not about to...
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At UN session on Jerusalem, Nikki Haley says recognition advances peace

(JTA) — At a special discussion at the United Nations Security Council about U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the move improves the chance of reaching a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

“We must recognize that the prospect of...
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Palestinians burn US and Israeli flags in riots over Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Protests erupted in Jerusalem and across the Palestinian territories hours after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Demonstrators on Thursday burned tires as well as American and Israeli flags and threw rocks at Israeli security forces and Israeli cars as the Palestinian Authority called for a...
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