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Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother curses Donald Trump over canceled West Bank visit

(JTA) — Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother cursed President Donald Trump after he tweeted that she should be happy that her granddaughter was not coming to visit her in the West Bank.

“Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib...
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AIPAC and other Jewish groups join prominent lawmakers in criticizing Israel’s decision to ban Tlaib and Omar

(JTA) — Israel’s decision on Thursday to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country has quickly prompted a wave of impassioned responses from across the Jewish community. Pro-Israel groups, including AIPAC, and prominent Democratic lawmakers are already objecting to the move. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL., also...
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Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren criticize Israel’s decision to bar Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

(JTA) — Democratic presidential front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all joined the list of politicians and organizations that have criticized Israel’s decision on Thursday to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country.

“I have always been a stalwart supporter of Israel — a...
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Israel’s ambassador denies Trump pressure was behind decision to ban Tlaib and Omar

(JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to the United States said the decision to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country had nothing to do with President Donald Trump.

In a conference call with Jewish groups Thursday afternoon, Ron Dermer said reports implying that Israel had caved into...
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ICE officer who drove into Jewish demonstrators placed on leave as 5 protesters hospitalized

(JTA) — The Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who drove a pickup truck into a row of Jewish protesters in Rhode Island has been placed on leave, and police have announced that they will investigate the incident.

Five of the protesters were hospitalized, according to Tal Frieden, an organizer of...
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Israel confirms it is banning Tlaib and Omar from entering country

(JTA) — Israel’s deputy foreign minister confirmed that Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will not be allowed to enter the country.

“We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle this is a very justified decision,” Tzipi Hotovely told Israel’s public...
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Truck drives into row of Jewish protesters at ICE detention center in Rhode Island

(JTA) — A pickup truck drove into a row of Jewish protesters demonstrating at the street entrance to an ICE detention center in Rhode Island on Wednesday night. It appears no one was seriously injured.

Protesters were then pepper-sprayed, according to people present at the protest.

Hundreds of Jewish protesters...
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40 Jews arrested in New York City protesting Amazon’s ties with ICE

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Forty Jews were arrested at a New York City protest against Amazon’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Sunday’s protest was one of more than 50 similar Jewish demonstrations that were held across the country to mark Tisha B’Av, the traditional Jewish day...
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Jail guards were supposed to check Jeffrey Epstein every 30 minutes

(JTA) — Jail guards were supposed to check Jeffrey Epstein, the millionaire financier facing sex trafficking charges for allegedly abusing dozens of minor girls, in his cell every 30 minutes, but failed to follow the procedure, which allowed him to hang himself.

In addition, the jail had transferred his cellmate...
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2 Palestinian men arrested in death of yeshiva student

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian men suspected in the murder of yeshiva student Dvir Sorek were arrested.

The two men, identified as Nazir Atafra, 24, and Qasem Atafra, 30, from the Palestinian village Beit Khalil, north of Hebron in the West Bank, were arrested by Israeli soldiers at their homes....
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