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  • Abbas at UN warns that two-state solution is in ‘jeopardy’

    (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at the U.N. General Assembly called for the preservation of the two-state solution. “The two-state solution is in jeopardy, we cannot as Palestinians stand still in the face of this threat,” Abbas said Wednesday at the launch of this year’s General Assembly in New York. Since Donald...



  • University of Maryland professor says she was fired for being pro-Israel

    (JTA) — Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a conference presentation just days in advance. Landa didn’t know that her mentor, John O’Flahavan, would then stop taking her calls. Or that O’Flahavan would soon dismiss her from...



  • Germany adopts international definition of anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Germany has formally accepted an international definition of anti-Semitism in a move designed to provide clarity for the prosecution of related crimes. The German Cabinet announced Wednesday that it unanimously adopted the working definition promoted by the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance, a body with 31 member states. In addition to classic forms...



  • This US preschool is so Israeli it may as well be Tel Aviv

    (JTA) – It’s the most picturesque of American scenes: a single-family home on a cul de sac in a suburb of the nation’s capital, a small American flag stuck in a wooden gate that leads to a backyard with a deck. An orange SUV is parked in the driveway. But walk through the door and...



  • Iran’s president says security for Israel is ‘not possible,’ pleads for nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON (JTA) —  President Hassan Rouhani of Iran delivered to the United Nations an extended plea to preserve the Iran nuclear deal while saying it was “not possible” to guarantee Israel security as long as it “usurped” Palestinian lands. Rouhani, speaking Wednesday, derided the tough talk about his country delivered a day earlier by President...



  • Hummus unites Jews and Muslims in Argentina

    (JTA) — “Make Hummus, Not War.” That was the message behind a recent event that brought local Jews, Muslims and other Arabs together in Argentina’s bustling capital city of Buenos Aires. On Sunday, 20 amateur chefs participated in a hummus-making competition at the Tetuan Moroccan Grill restaurant in the trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood. About 300...



  • As Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico, synagogues cancel Rosh Hashanah services

    (JTA) — Puerto Rico’s three synagogues closed for Rosh Hashanah as Hurricane Maria pummeled the island. The synagogues, all in or nearby San Juan, canceled Wednesday evening services for the Jewish New Year and urged members to stay home, according to The Times of Israel. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning after causing...



  • Yom Kippur is a reminder of the awesome, and awful, power of words

    (JTA) — For nearly 50 years, my father had a best friend named Al. They grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, and after returning from the service in World War II, they each married and moved to the same Long Island town and opened related businesses. They were closer than brothers. In fact, when...



  • Charleston murderer Dylann Roof can’t fire his Jewish and Indian attorneys, court rules

    (JTA) — Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death for killing nine black worshippers in a shooting rampage at a church Charleston, South Carolina, was denied his request to fire the attorneys handling his appeal because one is Jewish and the other is Indian. On Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia denied...



  • Israeli student spray-painted graffiti on Auschwitz wall

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Students from an Israeli high school who visited the site of the former Auschwitz concentration camp said they will apologize after a member of their delegation spray-painted graffiti on a wall at the site. The graffiti discovered in recent days on the wall of a cell block included the date of the...