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Israel proposes tech ‘friendship’ in meeting with African leaders

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and representatives of Israel’s private sector met with African leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss Israeli innovations in Africa and developing countries.

Taking place Thursday after Netanyahu addressed the General Assembly, where he boasted about his visit this summer to four African countries, the event featured dozens of ambassadors and senior UN officials [Read more…]

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U.S. State Dept. conference to run sessions on combating anti-Semitism in Europe

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. State Department is including two sessions at a conference on religion on how best to combat anti-Semitism throughout Europe.

The sessions, led by Ira Forman, the department’s envoy to combat anti-Semitism, will take place next week in Washington, D.C., during the department’s inaugural conference on religion and diplomacy. Outside experts, including from the World Jewish Congress and the U.S. Holocaust memorial museum, will be among the panelists. [Read more…]

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Nissan commercial featuring same-sex couples rankles religious Israelis

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Responding to a Nissan car commercial in Israel that uses same-sex couples to promote a new family model, a religious forum has launched a counter campaign on Facebook showing what it calls “a normal family.”

Nissan’s “Put your family in the Sentra” ads launched earlier this month feature two men embracing surrounded by their children and two women in a similar pose, and describe these families as normative. There are also print ads. [Read more…]

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At the General Assembly: Abbas slams UN inaction, Netanyahu says UN ‘war against Israel’ is over

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 22, 2016. (Abbas photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images; Netanyahu photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Sept. 22, 2016. (Abbas photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images; Netanyahu photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (JTA) – At the United Nations (UN), Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would push for a resolution condemning West Bank settlements, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ties between Israel and the rest of the world were improving and that “the war against Israel at the UN is over.”

Speaking to the crowd of international leaders in New York on Thursday, Abbas continually blasted Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, while also criticizing the UN Security Council for not coming down harder on the Jewish state’s settlement expansion. [Read more…]

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