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The controversy over the DC Dyke March, Jewish stars and Israel, explained

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Is an LGBTQ parade banning flags with Jewish stars?

Yes. Not really. Kind of.

The D.C. Dyke March, a social justice-focused parade for, in its words, “queer liberation” happening Friday, announced that it is not welcoming any “nationalist symbols.” That includes Israeli flags and American...
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Maryland suburb of DC to screen anti-Israel film

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Maryland suburb of Washington D.C. is screening an anti-Israel film narrated by Roger Waters as part of a free documentary series.

“Occupation of the American Mind” is being shown by the municipality of Takoma Park on June 13 as part of the town’s “We Are Takoma” free...
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Muslim worshippers riot after Jews allowed on Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish pilgrims were permitted to visit the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day, coinciding with the last days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, sparking riots.

Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount on Sunday threw chairs and stones at police forces there, after it was announced that...
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Son of Jewish engineer elected president of Latvia

(JTA) — The son of a Jewish engineer was elected president of the Baltic nation of Latvia. Egils Levits, 63, was elected Monday by a majority of 61 lawmakers out of 100 in the Saeima, the Latvian parliament, the news service BNN reported. The president holds some executive authorities in...
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Chicago-area high school pulls support for teacher training on Palestine after pro-Israel backlash

By BEN SALES

CHICAGO (JTA) — A high school district with a large Jewish population has withdrawn its recommendation of an optional training opportunity for teachers called “Teaching Palestine” after local teachers, synagogues and national organizations protested.

The training was one of several offered to high school teachers in a...
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Mark Plotkin receives Harvard Extension School Shinagel Award

Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., the co-founder and president of the Amazonian Conservation Team (ACT) has been announced as the recipient of this yeart’s Shinagel Award presented by the Harvard Extension School. The Shinagel Award for Public Service announced the award was being given to Plotkin “in recognition of his lifelong commitment...
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Israeli army says it found ‘most significant’ Hezbollah attack tunnel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli military said it uncovered the “longest” and “most significant” Hezbollah attack tunnel on the border with Lebanon.

The discovery of the nearly mile-long tunnel was made in the winter during Operation Northern Shield, which aimed to expose and neutralize cross-border attack tunnels, but was announced...
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Israel will hold new elections after Netanyahu fails to form coalition

(JTA) — For the first time in its history, Israel will hold a second national election in one year, four months after the last election in April.

The Israeli Knesset voted at midnight Thursday to dissolve itself, triggering elections on Sept. 17. The unprecedented vote happened after Prime Minister Benjamin...
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New Israeli elections loom with Netanyahu still unable to form a coalition

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a new government, President Reuven Rivlin said he would not stand in the way of new elections in Israel.

Meanwhile, the head of the center-right Kulanu party, Moshe Kahlon, agreed on Tuesday to run on a joint slate with...
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UK politician accused of promoting anti-Semitism in US wins European Parliament elections

(JTA) — A politician whom British Jews have accused of promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories emerged as a the largest representing the United Kingdom in the European Parliament.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party clinched 31.7 percent of the British electorate Sunday, leading by more than 13 points over the second-largest Liberal Democrats.

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