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What it’s like to be a transgender Jew in the military now

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — For a few years now, Havi Fisher has been taking college courses in his free time and studying to prepare himself for medical school. The 27-year-old hopes to either attend medical school as part of a program offered by the U.S. Navy, in which he’s...
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Dearborn, Michigan magazine editor fired for article about Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — The editor of a quarterly journal published by the historical commission of Dearborn, Michigan will not work on any more of the  magazines after he published an article about Henry Ford’s history of anti-Semitism in the publication’s 100th anniversary issue.

Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly prevented...
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Jussie Smollett appears on stage days after apparent hate crime attack

(JTA) — Jussie Smollett told an audience in southern California that he is “going to stand strong with y’all” in the wake of an assault that is being characterized as a hate crime.

Smollet, who is black, gay and Jewish, took the stage Saturday night at the Troubadour in West...
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5 Jewish things to know about Cory Booker

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Five Jewish things about U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who just announced for the Democratic presidential nomination, you ask?

Here’s a start:

The New Jersey politician literally carried a rabbi on his back until he (figuratively) cast same rabbi into the waters, like a forgotten sin.

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An Israeli company claims to have a cure for cancer, but fellow scientists say not so fast

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A team of scientists at a biotech company in Israel claimed that they will have a cure for cancer — all cancer — within a year.

Sadly, their claims were shot down by fellow scientists.

In recent articles in Israel and the United States,...
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16-year-old Palestinian girl shot dead during attempted stabbing

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 16-year-old Palestinian girl was shot and killed by Israeli security forces during an attempted stabbing attack at an Israeli checkpoint east of Jerusalem.

The teen was identified by Palestinian media as Samah Zuheir Mubarak of Ramallah. Mubarak was brandishing a knife when she approached the road that...
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Anti-Israel protest again sparks controversy at LGBTQ conference

(JTA) — Anti-Israel protesters took the state unannounced at Creating Change, an LGBTQ conference that was the site of a raucous anti-Israel protest in 2016.

At the opening of this year’s conference, organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force, a group of activists holding Palestinian flags took the stage and...
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Leading Dems launch pro-Israel faction to counter Israel disenchantment on left

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Prominent Democrats are launching a pro-Israel group to counter a drift away from Israel on the party’s left.

The Democratic Majority for Israel, according to a story appearing Monday evening on The New York Times website, will be led by Mark Mellman, a longtime...
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Kamala Harris, launching her presidential bid, lashes out at Trump on race

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In her first appearance on national TV as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, California Sen. Kamala Harris lashed out at President Donald Trump for “fueling division,” including on race.

“Racism is real in America, sexism, anti-Semitism, transphobia, homophobia — these things are...
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5 things to watch in another Bernie Sanders presidential campaign

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders has dropped hints that he’s ready to run again for president, and the one thing we know for sure is that Bernie, the sequel, will not be a retread.

Much about Bernie 1.0 was attention-getting precisely because of the way his campaign...
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