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Cost of shipping donated gear to Israel quadrupling as El Al ends Oct. 7 cargo discount

By ASAF ELIS-SHALEV

(JTA) — El Al, Israel’s national airline, is ending a discount program for baggage containing donations that was created soon after Oct. 7 amid widespread shortages of military and medical equipment.

The company says it made the decision because other cargo transport options that were shut down when the war began have resumed and because the need for donations has decreased as the military’s purchasing has caught...

U of Minnesota backtracks on Holocaust Center hire who accused Israel of genocide

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) — The University of Minnesota has “paused” the search for a new director of its Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies after initially tapping an Israeli who accused Israel of genocide less than a week after Oct. 7.

Jewish groups had opposed the planned hiring of Raz Segal after learning of it last week, and two members of the center’s advisory board — one of whom...

AOC decries discrimination against Jews, ‘weaponization’ of antisemitism in talk with Jewish leaders

By LUKE TRESS

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned antisemitism but accused her critics of “weaponizing” the term in a rare public discussion with two Jewish activists who have shined a spotlight on bigotry against Jews in the pro-Palestinian movement. 

“Antisemitism, hate and violence against Jews because of their identity is real and it is dangerous,” the New York City Democratic congresswoman said at the...

42% of Jews have felt unsafe wearing Jewish symbols in public since Oct. 7, study finds

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Since Oct. 7, more than 40% of American Jews have felt unsafe wearing Jewish symbols in public and more than a quarter have chosen not to mention their Jewish identity when they meet someone new, according to a new survey. 

The survey, commissioned by the American Jewish Committee and published Monday, reports many of the same findings as previous surveys of American Jews since the...

Kamala Harris mourns ‘innocent’ Palestinians killed amid hostage rescue

(JNS.org) – Speaking at a Michigan Democratic Party fundraiser, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said on Saturday that she mourns the Palestinians killed during Israel’s raid that freed for hostages.

“Before I begin, I just say a few words about the morning which I know weighs heavily on all of our hearts,” Harris said, per Fox News.

“On Oct. 7, Hamas committed a brutal massacre of 1,200 innocent people and abducted 250...

Some Jewish groups protest Biden’s executive order on immigration, but others are staying silent

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — When President Joe Biden announced a new executive order this week effectively closing the U.S.-Mexico border to asylum seekers, the timing of the act sounded the alarm for Jewish immigration advocates.

The order comes following a months-long surge of border crossings from Mexico, and as Biden faces low poll numbers on the issue. But some Jewish activists noted that it also came 85 years to...

Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on July 24, as coalition at home teeters

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on July 24, his fourth time appearing before the legislative body.

The Netanyahu speech, coming against the backdrop of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, is meant to demonstrate American support for Israel at a time when Israel has come under widespread criticism for its military campaign and Netanyahu faces a possible...

Rep. Ritchie Torres slams ‘blithering idiots’ behind the secret Israeli influence op that targeted him

By LUKE TRESS

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — New York Rep. Ritchie Torres, one of Israel’s staunchest supporters in Congress, said a reported clandestine campaign by the Israeli government that aimed to influence him and other Black Democratic U.S. lawmakers was “embarrassing” and “racist.”

The effort, according to a report this week in The New York Times, was orchestrated by Israel’s Diaspora Ministry and targeted members of Congress...

Baruch College student groups protest Hillel on campus, adding to growing trend

By LUKE TRESS

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Pro-Palestinian student groups at Baruch College staged a protest against the school’s Hillel on Wednesday, accusing the Jewish campus group of murdering children and supporting fascism and genocide.

The demonstration — in which protesters scuffled with pro-Israel counterprotesters and were arrested —  appeared to be the first across the City University of New York system that directly targeted Hillel, which...

Jewish officer resigns from US Army to protest Gaza war, citing lessons of the Holocaust

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — An American Jewish military intelligence officer has resigned to protest U.S. support for Israel in its war against Hamas in Gaza, saying that what is happening to the Palestinians there reminds him of the Holocaust.

Major Harrison Mann submitted his resignation to the military and the Defense Intelligence Agency in November. He announced it publicly last month in a letter that gained renewed attention this...