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Sheriff Scott Israel, suspended over Parkland shooting response, sues to get his job back

(JTA) — Scott Israel, the former sheriff of Broward County, Florida suspended over his office’s response to the Parkland school shooting, has filed a lawsuit to get his job back.

The lawsuit filed on Thursday in Broward County Circuit Court also alleges that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly removed him...
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Jason Greenblatt urges outside parties to support peace plan — and not to undermine it

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The best thing everyone except for the Israelis and Palestinians can do when the Trump administration reveals its peace plan is to be supportive, Trump’s chief negotiator said. And nothing else.

“It really is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians; they’re the ones...
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House overwhelmingly approves resolution against anti-Semitism and other forms of hate

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A resolution on anti-Semitism sparked by a freshman Democrat’s jibes about “allegiance” to Israel and then expanded to address Islamophobia suffered by the same congresswoman, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, passed the House overwhelmingly.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 407-23 Thursday to approve the resolution, which did...
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More than $6.3 million raised for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Thousands of givers have opened their hearts to those affected by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, donating more than $6.3 million to a fund for their benefit set up by the local Jewish federation.

The bulk of the money, nearly $4.4 million, from the Victims of Terror...
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2 swastikas drawn in blood in public park in Los Angeles

(JTA) — Two swastikas drawn in blood were discovered at a public park in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the incident discovered on Monday as a possible hate crime, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Investigators believe the blood came from someone who had suffered an accident,...
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ER doctor at Florida veterans hospital gets shot while stopping double amputee shooter

(JTA) — A doctor in the emergency room at a Veterans Administration hospital in Florida stopped a shooter in the hospital and got shot in the neck for his troubles.

Dr. Bruce Goldfeder, the ER doctor at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center on Wednesday noticed that a patient...
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Otto Warmbier’s parents slam Trump’s ‘lavish praise’ for Kim Jong Un

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — The parents of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and died shortly after his release, criticized President Donald Trump for what they called his “lavish praise” for the country’s dictator.

Kim Jong Un “and his evil regime are responsible...
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Oscar winning composer, conductor André Previn dies at 89

André Previn, the jazz and classical artist and conductor and award-winning film composer, died at his home in Manhattan on Thursday, February 28. He was 89.

Previn, whose Jewish parents fled the Nazis from his birthplace of Berlin, first lived in Paris for a year in 1938 before emigrating to...
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Pittsburgh Presbyterian seminary’s racial justice summit includes anti-Israel presentations

(JTA) — Speakers at a summit on racial justice in Pittsburgh used anti-Semitic tropes and bashed Israel.

The Racial Justice Summit was held at the end of January at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a graduate theological school of the Presbyterian Church, the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle reported. The summit has included...
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These 7 Jewish comedians prove moms are really, really funny

By ARIELLE KAPLAN

When screenwriter Amy Sherman-Palladino gifted the world with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” we here at Kveller went wild. At last there was a show (a major hit, no less!) that seemed to be aimed directly at American Jews — specifically speaking, Jewish mothers.

Although the titular character Midge...
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