Tel Aviv suburb votes to operate public transportation on Shabbat

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Tel Aviv suburb has approved operating public transportation on Shabbat. The City Council of Ramat Gan, a municipality in central Israel, approved the measure on Tuesday by a vote of 15-6.

In a harbinger of the religious freedom debate that will infuse the campaign for the...
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Israel’s embassy didn’t want you to see the lobster in envoy’s lunch with Brazil’s president

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Israel’s embassy in Brazil shared a photo of its ambassador eating lunch with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, but not before blurring out the lobster dishes the two appeared to be enjoying.

The camouflaged picture made headlines in Brazil, with local media noting that the crustacean...
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The Israel Project chairman says reports of its demise are premature. An insider says its entire staff was laid off.


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Israel Project’s chairman says that reports of the advocacy organization’s demise are premature in the wake of the surprise departure of its CEO.

An insider told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the organization has let go of all of its staff without notice...
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US Embassy hosts July 4th celebration for first time in Jerusalem

(JTA) — The U.S. Embassy hosted its annual Fourth of July party in Jerusalem for the first time days after its ambassador participated in the inauguration of a controversial archaeological tourist site in eastern Jerusalem.

Prior to this year’s celebration at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, the U.S. Independence Day...
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U of North Carolina students discover 1,600-year-old mosaic in northern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 1,600-year-old mosaic depicting a scene from the book of Exodus was uncovered by researchers and students in northern Israel.

It was uncovered recently by a team of research specialists and students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, overseen by Professor Jodi Magness, at...
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The protests by Ethiopian Israelis, explained


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Protests by the Ethiopian-Israeli community and their supporters entered a third day on Wednesday in Israel in the wake of the killing of an Ethiopian-Israeli teen by an off-duty police officer.

While the protests are tied to the death of Solomon Tekah, 19, on Sunday...
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The Israel Project’s CEO is leaving amid advocacy group’s fundraising difficulties


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Josh Block, CEO of the advocacy group The Israel Project, in a surprise move said he is stepping down.

In a farewell note Monday to the group’s backers, he suggested that the difficulties of fundraising for a nonpartisan group in a polarized era was...
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Yitzhak Rabin’s granddaughter joins new political party of Ehud Barak

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The granddaughter of the assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, saying “I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore,” will join the new political party of former prime minister Ehud Barak.

Noa Rothman, 43, is an author, screenwriter, attorney and mother of three, and perhaps is best known for...
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Palestinian shot dead in Jerusalem rioting

(JTA) — Police in Jerusalem shot and killed a 19-year-old amid riots in the eastern neighborhood of Isawiya.

Mohammed Abid launched a firecracker from short range at police during riots on Thursday and was shot by officers firing back at him to neutralize him a threat, police told Israel Hayom.

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Israel’s Meretz party becomes country’s first to elect an openly gay leader

(JTA) — Israel’s Meretz party became the first to elect as its leader an openly gay person. The left-wing party picked Nitzan Horowitz as its new head on Thursday in Tel Aviv. Horowitz, a former journalist who served in the Knesset in 2009-2015, defeated incumbent Tamar Zandberg.

“Meretz doesn’t treat...
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