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‘Chop off their heads,’ children sing at a Muslim center’s event in Philly

(JTA) — Children at a Muslim center in Philadelphia sing they will “chop off their heads” — an apparent reference to Jews — in a video uploaded by the center to Facebook.

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is investigating the April 17 program at the Muslim American Society’s chapter...
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Pittsburgh and Poway victims honored at Jewish Agency’s Memorial Day ceremony in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The victims of the synagogue shooting attacks in Pittsburgh and Poway were honored during the Jewish Agency for Israel’s memorial service for Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks.

Marnie Fienberg, the daughter-in-law of Joyce Fienberg, who was murdered in the...
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State Department appeals decision granting US citizenship to child of Jewish same-sex couple

(JTA) — The U.S. State Department has appealed a federal district court decision that overturned its denial of citizenship to one of the twins born to a Jewish same-sex couple.

Andrew Dvash-Banks, an American, and Elad Dvash-Banks, an Israeli, married in Canada in 2010. Their sons, Ethan and Aiden, were...
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Hundreds attend funeral of American killed by Hamas rocket

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An American citizen killed while running for cover from a Hamas rocket was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Sunday evening. Hundreds turned out to bury Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, a 21-year-old American Israeli from Ashdod.

Prezuazman, a member of the Ger Hasidic sect, leaves behind a wife and...
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US sends reinforcements to Middle East, warns Iran of ‘unrelenting force’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration is deploying air and sea strike forces to the Middle East in response to what it described as “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran. It’s not clear what Iranian escalations National Security Adviser John Bolton was referring to Sunday evening in a...
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Is the Jewish world ready for a new holiday? Backers of a ‘Day of Justice’ think so.

By LEV GRINGAUZ

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Liberal Jews are often accused of replacing Judaism with social justice and giving their cause a name — tikkun olam, or healing the world — that happens to be the only Jewish thing about it.

But a new Jewish holiday in development means to...
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NYU department votes to boycott school’s campus in Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) — New York University’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis voted to boycott NYU’s own satellite campus in Tel Aviv.

The vote by department members pledging “non-cooperation” occurred Thursday. In a statement, the department said it is boycotting the campus because of Israel’s policy of barring entry...
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Facebook says it will allow Holocaust denial

(JTA) — Facebook will still allow users to deny the Holocaust even though it removed prominent bigots and anti-Semites from its platform.

The social media giant deleted the personal, professional and fan accounts of some leading extremists and conspiracy theorists, like David Duke, Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones, on Thursday. But...
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Mitt Romney: Two-state solution is all there is

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Mitt Romney returned from a Middle East tour saying that he saw no alternative to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict other than the two-state solution.

The Utah Republican, his party’s 2012 presidential nominee, has just assumed the chairmanship of the Middle East subcommittee in the...
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Jewish and pro-Israel groups criticize back-to-back anti-Semitic cartoons in ‘NY Times’

By JACKSON RICHMAN

(JNS.org) — Jewish and pro-Israel groups have condemned The New York Times for publishing anti-Semitic cartoons in its international edition on April 25 and over the weekend.

Thursday’s cartoon featured U.S. President Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke, sporting dark-tinted glasses and being led by a dog with the face of...
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