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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Palestinian reconciliation creates an opportunity for families of slain soldiers held by Hamas

By RON KAMPEAS   WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s government may be ambivalent about the nascent reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, but it outright opposes Palestinian bids for statehood recognition through international bodies, including the United Nations.

However, for one influential Israeli constituency — the families of Israelis held...
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Knesset law toughens criteria for allowing work on Shabbat

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset approved a bill, backed by haredi Orthodox lawmakers, that would require Israeli officials to “consider Jewish tradition” when issuing permits for work on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath.

Under the current law, work can only take place on Shabbat if the Labor Minister determines that not...
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In a first, Tel Aviv rabbis partner to ease burdens of Israel’s religious wedding establishment

(JTA) — The Tzohar rabbinical organization has opened a marriage registration branch at in Tel Aviv in cooperation with the local rabbinate.

Tzohar’s “alternative” marriage registration service, which currently has offices in Jerusalem, Lod and Haifa, helps couples navigate the bureaucracy of registering for marriage, independent of the direct involvement...
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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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Israeli among the first targeted under new U.S. anti-corruption law

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Dan Gertler, an Israeli with extensive investments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is among the first people targeted for sanctions under a new U.S. international anti-corruption law.

Dan Gertler is among “13 serious human rights abusers and corrupt actors,” the Treasury Department said in a...
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Netanyahu fires back after UN vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back his response to the United Nations vote earlier today that condemned the recent United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In his short remarks posted over Facebook, Netanyahu called the vote on the non-binding resolution as “preposterous”

“Israel completely rejects...
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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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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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