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At Women’s March, Sarsour defends BDS, hours after rejecting Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Linda Sarsour defended the legality of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her speech on stage in Washington D.C. at the third Women’s March. Her critique of anti-BDS laws came hours after rejecting the anti-Semitic statements of Louis Farrakhan.

Sarsour, a leader...
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Two attacks on Jews in Brooklyn in two days roils Crown Heights neighborhood

(JTA) — A Jewish woman walking in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn was punched by a black male who then ran off.

It is the second such attack on the same street in less than 48 hours.

The woman was walking on Friday afternoon on Kingston Avenue, a main...
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Jews of color on what Martin Luther King Jr. Day means to them in 2019

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN and BEN SALES

(JTA) — For many Jewish organizations, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to talk about the current state of black-Jewish relations.

There’s a lot to talk about this year, from the controversy over ties between Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory and Louis...
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ADL asks congresswoman to explain photo with figure who praised Hezbollah, likened Zionists to Nazis

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League wants Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-MI., to explain a photo of her posing with a man who has likened Zionists to Nazis and who has praised terrorists.

“Days ago, @RashidaTlaib was photographed at an event with Abbas Hamideh, a man who has...
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A timeline of the Women’s March anti-Semitism controversies

NEW YORK (JTA) — With the Women’s March only days away, local chapters and major progressive groups are continuing to distance themselves from the national leadership, which is scrambling to hold on to its big tent.

Though the national organization was once seen as a beacon of hope for progressives following...
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Jewish-American businessman among 21 killed in Nairobi terrorist attack

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Jason Spindler, a Jewish American whose life was changed when he survived the 9/11 attack in New York, was killed in a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya.

The shooting attack Tuesday on a business complex, claimed by the Somali Islamist terrorist group Shabab, claimed at...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said state will sanction Airbnb for delisting Jewish settlements

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said his state would take action against Airbnb for its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements.

Airbnb announced in November 2018 that it would remove the listings of some 200 apartments and...
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ArtScroll prayer books have dominated in Orthodox synagogues for decades. Is that ending?

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — For decades, one name dominated the bookshelves and pews of American Orthodox synagogues: ArtScroll.

The Brooklyn-based publisher of Jewish books put out the most widely used Orthodox prayer book, or siddur, as well as a popular text and translation of the Torah, or...
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Hillel International investigation finds sexual harassment claims against some donors ‘justified’

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Hillel International has issued a confidential statement to its professional staff and board of directors about an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against some donors.

The statement said that the six-month investigation confirmed the allegations, The New York Jewish Week reported in an article posted Sunday...
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Florida governor suspends Broward County sheriff Scott Israel over Parkland shooting response

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, over his office’s response to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

Desantis made the announcement on Friday evening during a news conference attended by parents of children killed in the February shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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