International

State Department appeals decision granting US citizenship to child of Jewish same-sex couple

(JTA) — The U.S. State Department has appealed a federal district court decision that overturned its denial of citizenship to one of the twins born to a Jewish same-sex couple.

Andrew Dvash-Banks, an American, and Elad Dvash-Banks, an Israeli, married in Canada in 2010. Their sons, Ethan and Aiden, were...
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Eurovision 2019: What the song contest is all about, and why it’s being held in Israel

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) —It’s glitzy. It’s kitschy. It’s like a musical Olympics or “American Idol” on steroids. Welcome to the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual pageant in which all of Europe (and some of its neighbors) send national representatives to  compete for the best forgettable pop song and most...
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Eurovision on track in Tel Aviv despite threat of rockets

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Performers scheduled to take the stage next week at the Eurovision Song Contest have begun rehearsing the contest’s venue in Tel Aviv despite the threat of rockets.

Among the countries whose performers have held rehearsals onstage at the Tel Aviv Expo on Saturday and Sunday are San...
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US sends reinforcements to Middle East, warns Iran of ‘unrelenting force’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration is deploying air and sea strike forces to the Middle East in response to what it described as “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran. It’s not clear what Iranian escalations National Security Adviser John Bolton was referring to Sunday evening in a...
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Is the Jewish world ready for a new holiday? Backers of a ‘Day of Justice’ think so.

By LEV GRINGAUZ

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Liberal Jews are often accused of replacing Judaism with social justice and giving their cause a name — tikkun olam, or healing the world — that happens to be the only Jewish thing about it.

But a new Jewish holiday in development means to...
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Facebook says it will allow Holocaust denial

(JTA) — Facebook will still allow users to deny the Holocaust even though it removed prominent bigots and anti-Semites from its platform.

The social media giant deleted the personal, professional and fan accounts of some leading extremists and conspiracy theorists, like David Duke, Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones, on Thursday. But...
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4 children of couple murdered in West Bank sue Syria and Iran in federal court

(JTA) — The four children of a couple who were killed by a Palestinian Hamas terror cell while driving in the West Bank have filled a $360 million civil damages wrongful death lawsuit against Iran and Syria in federal court in Washington.

Eitam and Naama Henkin were killed on Oct....
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Anti-Semitic attack on kosher cafe in Canada was staged by owners, police say

(JTA) — An alleged anti-Semitic attack on a kosher Italian-style café in Winnipeg, Canada was staged by the owners of the restaurant, police now say.

Police charged the owners of the BerMax Caffe and Bistro in Winnipeg, in central Canada, with public mischief. The investigation of the April 18 incident...
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UPDATE: Airbnb will cancel its ban on West Bank settlement listings

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — In a reversal of a 2018 policy announcement, Airbnb will not remove West Bank settlement listings from its website.

The policy change came in a court settlement Monday between the vacation rental company and a dozen American Jewish plaintiffs who had sued the company, organized by...
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Beresheet captures images of the dark side of the moon

Beresheet, Israel’s historic spacecraft, entered lunar orbit on Thursday, April 4 and is performing well on its journey to the moon, according to data supplied from the SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to the engineering team at the control room in Yehud, Israel.

During its lunar orbit,...
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