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Pete Buttigieg keeps calling Mike Pence a ‘Pharisee.’ Here’s why that angers Jews.

(JTA) — Pete Buttigieg has a word he likes to use to describe Vice President Mike Pence: “Pharisee.”

Jewish scholars would like him to stop doing that.

Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, running a dark horse campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has advanced the idea of...
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UPDATE: Airbnb will cancel its ban on West Bank settlement listings

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — In a reversal of a 2018 policy announcement, Airbnb will not remove West Bank settlement listings from its website.

The policy change came in a court settlement Monday between the vacation rental company and a dozen American Jewish plaintiffs who had sued the company, organized by...
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Netanyahu’s re-election reveals sharpening Israel divide between Republicans and Democrats

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election Tuesday as the prime minister of Israel brought to a boil the simmering divides among Republicans and Democrats over the longtime leader’s nation.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, celebrated the victory as a win for peace. Democrats suggested it would be...
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Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner ordered to register as a sex offender

(JTA) — Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl, was ordered to register as a sex offender. A judge in Bronx Supreme Court in New York City on Friday ordered Weiner to register as a Level 1...
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Yeshiva Chovevei Torah says it will not ordain gay student

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Signaling a red line on how far Modern Orthodoxy is prepared to bend to adjust to societal changes, a liberal New York City seminary will not ordain an openly gay student who is engaged to be married and completing his fourth year of rabbinical...
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Pitzer College student senate calls for college president’s removal over Israel study abroad program

(JTA) — The Student Senate of California’s Pitzer College has drafted a resolution calling for the removal of College President Melvin Oliver, after he decided to retain Pitzer’s study abroad program in Israel against the recommendation of the Pitzer College Council, made up of students and faculty.

The resolution calls...
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5 other times when ‘Mein Kampf’ was heard in Congress

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — An Alabama Republican congressman kicked up a political dust storm Monday when he quoted from Hitler’s 1925 book “Mein Kampf” on the House floor. Critics hated the way Mo Brooks emphatically compared present-day Democrats with members of the Nazi Party; said he seemed to misunderstand...
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State Department ready to fund programs against rise of anti-Semitism abroad

(JTA) — The U.S. State Department is offering to shell out up to $1 million each on up to two projects that counter the rise of anti-Semitism in countries in Europe and Central Asia.

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor put out a call this week for...
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Charlottesville killer pleads guilty to hate crimes

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The neo-Nazi who rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes, months after a state court convicted him of murder.

James Fields Jr., who was 20 in August 2017 when...
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Man who toppled over 100 headstones at Jewish cemetery in St. Louis sentenced to 3 years probation

(JTA) — A man from suburban St. Louis was sentenced to three years probation for toppling more than 100 headstones at a local Jewish cemetery.

Alzado Harris, 35, was charged a year ago for the vandalism caused at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in suburban St. Louis in February 2017,...
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