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How the ADL went from working with Facebook to leading a boycott against it

(JTA) — It was when Mark Zuckerberg said he would allow Holocaust denial on his platform that the Anti-Defamation League realized its partnership with Facebook wasn’t working. 

The social media giant and the Jewish civil rights group had been working together for years to curb hate speech online. In October...
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New Hampshire lawmakers send bill requiring Holocaust education to governor

BOSTON (JTA) – New Hampshire will mandate Holocaust and genocide prevention education under a bill passed overwhelmingly by its House of Representatives.

If Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, signs the measure into law, New Hampshire would become the 14th state to require genocide prevention education in public schools, according to...
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Carl Reiner, comedy legend and consummate old Jew telling jokes, dies at 98

(JTA) – Until the last day of his life, Carl Reiner was tweeting about some of his favorite topics: politics, comedy and the twists and turns he experienced over decades as one of the world’s greatest living funnymen.

Reiner died Monday at 98, hours after reiterating his dismay that Donald Trump...
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Charlotte synagogues call for removal of memorial for Judah Benjamin, the Confederacy’s most prominent Jew

(JTA) — Amid the nationwide movement to take down memorials to Confederacy figures, two Charlotte synagogues are calling for the removal of a downtown monument to Judah Benjamin, a Jewish politician who served as a Cabinet member for the Confederate government.

Benjamin was a prominent citizen of New Orleans before...
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Should St. Louis take down the statue of its anti-Semitic namesake? Activists say yes.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — On top of a hill in front of an art museum in the biggest park in St. Louis stands a statue of an anti-Semite. 

The monument to the city’s namesake, the medieval French king Louis IX, depicts the king astride a horse, wearing a crown...
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Chabad says 100,000 people attended Zoom commemoration for Rabbi Menachem Schneerson

(JTA) — The Chabad-Lubavitch movement estimates that 100,000 people on 45,000 devices gathered in an online Zoom event to honor the late Chabad rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Schneerson, who died in 1994, led the movement’s transition from a small and insular Hasidic sect to an outward-facing global force. Tens...
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U of Cincinnati votes to remove Marge Schott’s name from its stadium over her anti-Semitism and racism

(JTA) — The University of Cincinnati will remove Marge Schott’s name from its baseball stadium because of the late Cincinnati Reds owner’s racism and anti-Semitism.

The university’s Board of Trustees voted Monday to remove Schott’s name from the stadium and from a space in the in the archives library, effective...
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New York Times hires opinion editor from The Intercept, a news site that’s harshly critical of Israel

(JTA) — Weeks after The New York Times drew a barrage of criticism after publishing an op-ed calling for the military to be deployed in American cities, the newspaper has hired the editor of a progressive news site that is harshly critical of Israel to help lead its opinion efforts.

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Chuck Schumer and 2 other key pro-Israel Democrats warn Israel against annexation

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Three of Israel’s most stalwart boosters among Democrats in Congress are warning the country against annexing parts of the West Bank.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, and Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Robert Menendez of New Jersey released a...
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Read the account of a Jewish ‘Dreamer’ who will benefit from the Supreme Court’s decision

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump cannot immediately shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, protecting 700,000 or so immigrants brought to the United States with their parents from likely deportation.

Liberal immigration reform advocates celebrated the decision,...
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