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Iran’s foreign minister tells security conference Israel is ‘looking for war’

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Iran’s foreign minister said that Israel is “looking for war” and that the behavior of Israel and the United States toward Iran is increasing the chances of such a war.

“Certainly, some people are looking for war… Israel,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an address...
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Ilhan Omar’s tweets alienated her district’s Jews. Can they still work with her?

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Jewish leaders in the Twin Cities were worried that Ilhan Omar had repeated an anti-Semitic stereotype. So about half a dozen of the Minnesotans met with her for two hours at a colleague’s home.

That was last year. Omar, at the time a Democratic state...
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Upstate New York yeshiva set on fire and painted with swastikas

(JTA) — A yeshiva in upstate New York was set on fire and swastikas were spray painted on the building.

The incident at the Yeshiva Yoreh Deah, located on a former farm in White Sulphur Springs, occurred on Jan. 28 but was first reported by the Rockland/Westchester Journal News on...
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What it’s like to be a transgender Jew in the military now

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — For a few years now, Havi Fisher has been taking college courses in his free time and studying to prepare himself for medical school. The 27-year-old hopes to either attend medical school as part of a program offered by the U.S. Navy, in which he’s...
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Dearborn, Michigan magazine editor fired for article about Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — The editor of a quarterly journal published by the historical commission of Dearborn, Michigan will not work on any more of the  magazines after he published an article about Henry Ford’s history of anti-Semitism in the publication’s 100th anniversary issue.

Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly prevented...
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Jussie Smollett appears on stage days after apparent hate crime attack

(JTA) — Jussie Smollett told an audience in southern California that he is “going to stand strong with y’all” in the wake of an assault that is being characterized as a hate crime.

Smollet, who is black, gay and Jewish, took the stage Saturday night at the Troubadour in West...
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5 Jewish things to know about Cory Booker

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Five Jewish things about U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who just announced for the Democratic presidential nomination, you ask?

Here’s a start:

The New Jersey politician literally carried a rabbi on his back until he (figuratively) cast same rabbi into the waters, like a forgotten sin.

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Anti-Israel protest again sparks controversy at LGBTQ conference

(JTA) — Anti-Israel protesters took the state unannounced at Creating Change, an LGBTQ conference that was the site of a raucous anti-Israel protest in 2016.

At the opening of this year’s conference, organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force, a group of activists holding Palestinian flags took the stage and...
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Leading Dems launch pro-Israel faction to counter Israel disenchantment on left

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Prominent Democrats are launching a pro-Israel group to counter a drift away from Israel on the party’s left.

The Democratic Majority for Israel, according to a story appearing Monday evening on The New York Times website, will be led by Mark Mellman, a longtime...
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Kamala Harris, launching her presidential bid, lashes out at Trump on race

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In her first appearance on national TV as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, California Sen. Kamala Harris lashed out at President Donald Trump for “fueling division,” including on race.

“Racism is real in America, sexism, anti-Semitism, transphobia, homophobia — these things are...
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