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


(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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Hundreds attend funeral of American killed by Hamas rocket

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An American citizen killed while running for cover from a Hamas rocket was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Sunday evening. Hundreds turned out to bury Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, a 21-year-old American Israeli from Ashdod.

Prezuazman, a member of the Ger Hasidic sect, leaves behind a wife and...
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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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4th Israeli civilian killed by rocket fire from Gaza


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 21-year-old man became the fourth Israeli civilian to be killed by Gaza rocket fire, after a rocket struck an apartment building in the southern coastal city of Ashdod.

The man was in the stairwell of the building when it was struck by a...
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Netanyahu orders ‘massive attacks’ against Gaza terror groups

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has ordered “massive attacks” against terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu, who also serves as the country’s Defense Minister, also said more than 24 hours after the start of massive rocket attacks on Israeli from terror groups in Gaza...
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Is the Jewish world ready for a new holiday? Backers of a ‘Day of Justice’ think so.


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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Mitt Romney: Two-state solution is all there is

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Mitt Romney returned from a Middle East tour saying that he saw no alternative to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict other than the two-state solution.

The Utah Republican, his party’s 2012 presidential nominee, has just assumed the chairmanship of the Middle East subcommittee in the...
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Jewish and pro-Israel groups criticize back-to-back anti-Semitic cartoons in ‘NY Times’


( — Jewish and pro-Israel groups have condemned The New York Times for publishing anti-Semitic cartoons in its international edition on April 25 and over the weekend.

Thursday’s cartoon featured U.S. President Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke, sporting dark-tinted glasses and being led by a dog with the face of...
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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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