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Iran executes translator convicted of spying for Israel’s Mossad and the CIA

(JTA) — Iran executed a man working there as a translator after he was convicted of spying for the Mossad and CIA.

Mahmoud Mousavi Majd was executed Monday, July 20, 2020, the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency reported.

Majd was accused of providing information on the movements of a top...
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David Beckham’s son Brooklyn and ‘Transformers’ actress Nicola Peltz to have big Jewish wedding, UK tabloid reports

(JTA) — The marriage of Brooklyn Beckham, son of David and Victoria, to actress Nicola Peltz apparently will be a Jewish affair.

The Daily Mirror British tabloid reported Saturday that “Brooklyn, who ­announced his ­engagement last week, has told pals the pair are likely to follow ­traditions such as marrying...
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Israeli kindergarten teacher who begged parents to follow quarantine rules dies of COVID-19

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli kindergarten teacher has died of the coronavirus, two weeks after she made an emotional appeal for parents to keep home children who had been exposed to the deadly virus.

After Shalva Zalfreund, 64, died Friday, the mayor of her city posted on Facebook the message...
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Netanyahu will have to face witnesses in corruption trial, but not until at least January 2021

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Witnesses will be called to testify in the trial over three corruption cases against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January 2021, a judge ruled Sunday.

Netanyahu’s lawyer argued during a court appearance that the trial should be delayed for six months in part because he would...
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Retired NBA great Charles Barkley calls out Black sports figures and celebrities for anti-Semitism

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Former NBA star and current analyst Charles Barkley has become the latest sports star to speak out against anti-Semitism among Black celebrities.

“Listen, DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Nick Cannon, Ice Cube,” Barkley said in a video tweeted out by NBA on TNT, where he serves...
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Nick Cannon talks with rabbi and issues ‘sincere’ apology for video with anti-Semitic statements

(JTA) — Actor and television host Nick Cannon offered his “most deepest and sincere apologies” to the Jewish community for  the “hurtful and divisive words” he used in an episode of his podcast.

“They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the...
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Rapper Ice Cube slams Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for calling out anti-Semitic social media posts

(JTA) — Rapper Ice Cube slammed NBA legend and columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for calling him out in a piece taking celebrities to task for posting anti-Semitic statements on social media.

Abdul-Jabbar’s latest column in The Hollywood Reporter named Ice Cube among various figures from the entertainment world he cited for...
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Washington NFL team owner Dan Snyder accused of tolerating ‘hostile’ workplace where harassment flourished

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Washington football team owner Dan Snyder created a hostile workplace where sexual misconduct could flourish, several former employees have charged.

A Washington Post investigation of claims of sexual harassment by former team employees, published Thursday, detailed what the paper called a culture of “relentless sexual...
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Ricki Hollander heads up next NCJW Anti-Semitism webinar

The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is putting on its second in the series of educational anti-Semitism webinars next Sunday, July 26, at 3:00 p.m.

Partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Hadassah and the Anti-Defamation League’s...
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Bertram Korn, 64, former editor of Philadelphia Jewish Exponent

(JTA) — Bertram Korn, the former editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and longtime Jewish activist, died in July 5 from COVID-19. He was 64.

Known to his friends as Buddy, Korn served as executive editor of the Exponent from 1994 to 1997 and was involved in establishing the Philadelphia...
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