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Michigan professor defends denying student’s letter of recommendation

 By JACKSON RICHMAN

 A University of Michigan professor who denied a student a letter of recommendation for a semester-long study-abroad program in Israel is standing by his decision, citing his support for the BDS movement.

John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the American Culture department, told JNS that this was...
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Netanyahu vows Israel will not repeat mistake of Yom Kippur War

ISRAEL (TPS) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that Israel would never repeat the mistake it made in 1973 by not preempting an enemy attack.

He made the remarks on Sunday, during his weekly cabinet meeting, as the country marks the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.

“We...
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Tel Aviv will play host to 2019 Eurovision competition

TEL AVIV- The municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo officially announced today that the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv. It is the first time Tel Aviv will be hosting the show, which last year attracted an estimated 186 million viewers.

After an extensive inspection of local amenities and...
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Report: 10 more women accuse Netanyahu’s foreign spokesman of sexual misconduct

NEW YORK (TPS) – – Ten more women have come forward to accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s foreign spokesman David Keyes of sexual harassment.

A total of 12 women have now accused Keyes of sexual misconduct.

The report on the 10 women by The Times of Israel comes almost a day after...
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Israeli teen falls to death at Yosemite while taking selfie

(JTA) — An Israeli teen fell to his death while hiking in Yosemite National Park in California while taking a selfie.

Tomer Frankfurter, 18, of Jerusalem, was on a two-month trip to the United States prior to entering the Israeli army.

He is believed to have lost his balance while...
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Israel closes Gaza crossing after rioting Palestinians damage infrastructure

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel closed the only pedestrian crossing with Gaza after rioting Palestinians damaged infrastructure.

The Israeli military announced its closure of the Erez crossing on Wednesday morning following clashes the previous day between hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli soldiers left several Palestinians injured. Israeli troops responded to the violence, including...
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During Israel visit, Duterte lays wreath at Yad Vashem, pledging ‘Never Again’

(JNS.org) — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte placed a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem on Monday alongside his daughter, whose mother (Duterte’s ex-wife) is Jewish.

Sara Duterte, daughter of Duterte and Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman, joined in the solemn ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance, where visiting...
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Tufts students say ‘Colonizing Palestine’ class demonizes Israel

By PENNY SCHWARTZ

MEDFORD, Mass. (JTA) — Pro-Israel students at Tufts University say a new course on Palestine is one-sided and demonizes Israel, and violates the university’s own policies on taking political stances.

The course, taught by Thomas Abowd, a faculty member in the American Studies program, was first reported...
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Israel bans entry of Succot-related plants, citing agricultural disease control

(JTA) — Israel is keeping out plants used to celebrate Succot from coming into the country.

A task force charged with implementing the ban on three of the four species used to celebrate the holiday will begin working in the coming days at Ben Gurion Airport.

The Agriculture Ministry said...
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Lana Del Ray cancels appearance at Meteor Festival (after all)

By ILANIT CHERNICK

(TPS.ogr) — Following weeks of pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Lana Del Rey has canceled her performance at the Meteor Festival.

The festival is scheduled to kick off next week at Kibbutz Lehavot HaBashan in the Galilee.

In a statement on Twitter,...
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