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Director of Berlin Jewish Museum resigns over tweet linking pro-BDS story

(JTA) — The director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum has resigned a week after the museum tweeted a link to a pro-BDS story.

Peter Schaefer announced in a statement from the museum Friday that he would resign “to avert further damage from the Jewish Museum Berlin.”

Monika Grutters, the chairwoman of...
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Germany is accused of downplaying anti-Semitic attacks by Muslims

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — The annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin is often cited as a prime example of the rise of so-called new anti-Semitism in Europe: hatred of Jews in connection with Israel, often by people from Muslim societies.

Despite attempts by organizers in recent years to suppress some expressions of...
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DC suburb cancels screening of anti-Israel film

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Washington, D.C., suburb has canceled for now the screening of an anti-Israel film narrated by Roger Waters as part of a free documentary series.

Thursday’s proposed screening of ‘The Occupation of the American Mind’ in the Takoma Park Community Center in Maryland as part of the...
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The controversy over the DC Dyke March, Jewish stars and Israel, explained

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Is an LGBTQ parade banning flags with Jewish stars?

Yes. Not really. Kind of.

The D.C. Dyke March, a social justice-focused parade for, in its words, “queer liberation” happening Friday, announced that it is not welcoming any “nationalist symbols.” That includes Israeli flags and American...
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Muslim worshippers riot after Jews allowed on Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish pilgrims were permitted to visit the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day, coinciding with the last days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, sparking riots.

Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount on Sunday threw chairs and stones at police forces there, after it was announced that...
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Israeli army says it found ‘most significant’ Hezbollah attack tunnel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military said it uncovered the “longest” and “most significant” Hezbollah attack tunnel on the border with Lebanon.

The discovery of the nearly mile-long tunnel was made in the winter during Operation Northern Shield, which aimed to expose and neutralize cross-border attack tunnels, but was announced...
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Israel will hold new elections after Netanyahu fails to form coalition

(JTA) — For the first time in its history, Israel will hold a second national election in one year, four months after the last election in April.

The Israeli Knesset voted at midnight Thursday to dissolve itself, triggering elections on Sept. 17. The unprecedented vote happened after Prime Minister Benjamin...
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New Israeli elections loom with Netanyahu still unable to form a coalition

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a new government, President Reuven Rivlin said he would not stand in the way of new elections in Israel.

Meanwhile, the head of the center-right Kulanu party, Moshe Kahlon, agreed on Tuesday to run on a joint slate with...
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First openly gay Orthodox rabbi ordained in Jerusalem

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA)- A gay rabbinical student denied ordination by a liberal seminary in New York was welcomed into the rabbinate in Jerusalem, breaking a longstanding taboo against homosexuality in the Orthodox community.

Daniel Landes, a prominent American-Israeli rabbi, granted semichah, Hebrew for ordination, to Daniel Atwood alongside...
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Al Jazeera suspends 2 journalists for video questioning Holocaust

(JTA) — The Al Jazeera Media Network has suspended two journalists for making a video in which they said the Holocaust is “different from how the Jews tell it.”

On Sunday, the Qatar-based network distanced itself from the Arabic-language video posted a day prior on AJ+, an online channel owned...
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