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How the Jewish world is responding to Ben & Jerry’s decision to exit Israeli settlements


(JTA) — Kosher supermarkets are rethinking their inventory. Politicians are emptying their freezers. And the foreign minister of Israel is vowing to get involved in local US politics.

The reactions were all part of the firestorm that quirky ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry’s set off Monday morning with its announcement that it would no longer sell ice cream in “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” 

The Vermont-based company, founded...

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream announces boycott of Israeli West Bank settlements

(JTA) — Following pressure from pro-Palestinian activists, Ben & Jerry’s announced Monday that it would stop selling ice cream in “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

The Vermont-based ice cream brand said it would continue operating in Israel, suggesting that it is planning to pull its products from stores located in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 

“We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be...

Arabs clash with police on Temple Mount during Tisha B’Av

– Arabs hurled stones at Israeli security forces and shouted nationalist slogans on the Temple Mount on Sunday, hours before Jews began to visit the site to mark the fast day of Tisha B’Av.

The burst of violence, which according to Israel’s s Channel 12 began at around 5 a.m., was quickly dispersed by Border Police.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held an assessment of the situation on Sunday...

Mark Zuckerberg shared a photo of his dog wearing a yarmulke. It was hit with anti-Semitic comments.

(JTA) — Not even the CEO of Facebook’s dog is immune to online antisemitism.

Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to his platform of his family pet — a Hungarian sheepdog named Beast — wearing a yarmulke and a canine-sized tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl, on Tuesday. The post was quickly inundated with comments, most of them pushing a pro-Palestinian message, despite the photo’s lack of Israel-related content.

Some of the...

OU to host two live kinot sessions for Tisha B’Av

This year the Orthodox Union (OU)  will not only focus its Tisha B’Av programming on the traditional themes surrounding the destruction of both temples and other historical tragedies, but will also mourn the recent worldwide tragedies that have affected the Jewish community.

The OU will hold the first of two annual Tisha B’Av programs on Sunday, July 18 at 1:00 a.m.CDT live from the Seymour...

3 Jewish filmmakers were arrested in Nigeria, accused of working with rebels. Their families say they were just donating a Torah scroll.


(JTA) — Three Jewish filmmakers working on a documentary about far-flung Jewish communities in Africa have been detained for days by Nigerian authorities and accused of aiding a separatist rebellion led by a Nigerian Jewish activist.

Their families say they were doing nothing of the sort.

They say the men were giving a Torah scroll to a small Jewish community in southern Nigeria — a gift as...

More American Jews are calling Israel an ‘apartheid’ state, and big organizations are struggling to fight the trend


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sharon Nazarian has a theory about why a recent Washington, D.C. rally against anti-Semitism failed to make an impact.

The Anti-Defamation League, for which Nazarian is senior vice president of international affairs, co-sponsored “No Fear: A Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People,” along with several other of the largest American Jewish organizations. But it drew just 2,000 people on Sunday. By comparison, a...

Israeli Cabinet considers new anti-COVID measures

(JERUSALEM) – Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett conferred with members of his Cabinet today and addressed several issues related to a alarming spike in COVID in the general population. 

At the outset of the meeting, Bennett expressed his goals in dealing with COVID matters. First of all, he wants to think about how to open the economy instead of closing it. Bennett said he wants as much time in advance...

Professor fired from Oregon university after alleging antisemitism sues for $4 million


(JTA) — A professor who was fired from an Oregon university after publicly criticizing its president for antisemitism and neglecting sexual harassment allegations has sued the university for $4 million.

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a tenured English professor at the Baptist-affiliated Linfield University, had accused President Miles Davis of making multiple antisemitic remarks to him in recent years. The antisemitism, Pollack-Pelzner said, was partly a backlash to his demands...

Biden taps LA’s Jewish mayor Eric Garcetti to be US ambassador to India

(JTA) — President Joe Biden nominated Los Angeles’ Jewish mayor, Eric Garcetti, to be his ambassador to India.

In announcing the nomination on Friday, the White House emphasized Garcetti’s experience in leading an international city. Garcetti, 50, who was raised Jewish and attended Jewish summer camp, was a co-chairman of Biden’s presidential campaign and helped select his running mate, Kamala Harris.

“As mayor, Garcetti oversees the busiest container port in...