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AIPAC in rare non-Israel statement rebukes Trump over Charlottesville

WASHINGTON (JTA) – In a rare statement unrelated to Israel or the Middle East, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) implicitly rebuked U.S. President Donald Trump for drawing equivalence between the sides in the Charlottesville clash.

“AIPAC shares the outrage and deep concern of our fellow Americans about the inexcusable violence and sickening displays of racism and anti-Semitism in Charlottesville this weekend,” the prominent Israel lobbying group said in a statement posted on Twitter. [Read more…]

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13 dead, over 50 injured in Barcelona van-ramming attack near kosher restaurant

Medical staff members and policemen standing in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd on the Rambla in Barcelona, August 17, 2017. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

Medical staff members and policemen standing in a cordoned off area after a van plowed into the crowd in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, August 17, 2017. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A van plowed through a crowd of people on Barcelona’s main shopping street, reportedly killing at least 13 people and injuring over 50 others.

Police said they were treating the Thursday incident as a terrorist attack, according to the French news agency AFP. [Read more…]

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Queens Museum reinstates Israeli UN event following outcry over cancellation

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Queens Museum will host an event commemorating the United Nations decision to establish a Jewish state, reversing a decision to cancel it.

The museum, run by the New York City borough of Queens, is housed in the same building where the General Assembly vote partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states took place on Nov. 29, 1947. Israel’s mission to the United Nations reserved space in June to mark the event’s 70th anniversary and invited senior UN dignitaries. [Read more…]

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VA secretary David Shulkin says Charlottesville rally dishonoured veterans

David Shulkin, speaking about Charlottesville, said he was “giving my personal opinions as an American and as a Jewish American.”(Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

David Shulkin, speaking about Charlottesville, said he was “giving my personal opinions as an American and as a Jewish American.”(Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

(JTA) – David Shulkin, the U.S. secretary of veterans’ affairs, became the first Jewish member of the Trump administration after Ivanka Trump to speak out about the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Shulkin, speaking Wednesday at U.S. President Donald Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, told reporters that he was “giving my personal opinions as an American and as a Jewish American,” according to The New York Times. “And for me in particular, I think in learning history, that we know that staying silent on these issues is simply not acceptable.” [Read more…]

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Israeli defense minister says army not pushing ‘feminist agenda’ with mixed-gender units

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaking to the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, March 6, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaking to the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, March 6, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman rejected accusations that the Israel Defense Forces is pushing a “feminist agenda” with its mixed-gender units.

Liberman made the comments Wednesday at the inauguration of a new army training base in the Negev for mixed-gender border defence units. [Read more…]

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Israeli Supreme Court freezes controversial law legalizing some West Bank outposts

Construction beginning in the West Bank on the new Israeli settlement Amichai meant for the evacuees of the Amona outpost, June 20, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Construction beginning in the West Bank on the new Israeli settlement Amichai meant for the evacuees of the Amona outpost, June 20, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli Supreme Court froze a controversial law that legalizes certain wildcat West Bank outposts built on private Palestinian land.

The court’s interim order issued Thursday postponed for two months implementation of the Regulation Law, which several Palestinian authorities had challenged. The government has until the end of the freeze to respond. [Read more…]

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Amid outcry over hotel’s Jewish shower signs, Swiss lawmaker raps Israel for tolerating haredim

(JTA) – Commenting on a public outcry over signs that urged Jews at a Swiss hotel to shower, a state lawmaker from Geneva said “Israel should apologize for its excessive tolerance of ultra-Orthodox Jews who prevent peace in Palestine.”

Roger Deneys, a Socialist representative at the Grand Council of Geneva, made the assertion on Facebook Wednesday about the posting of a signs over the weekend at Paradise Apartments in Arosa, some 80 miles southeast of Zurich. Management urged “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool and access a refrigerator at set times. [Read more…]

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Rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump slams Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein (Screenshot from YouTube)

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein (Screenshot from YouTube)

(JTA) – Prominent New York Rabbi Haskel Lookstein criticized President Donald Trump’s response to the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.

Haskel, who oversaw the conversion to Judaism of the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, weighed in on the issue Wednesday along with other rabbis at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a prominent modern Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan. [Read more…]

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Richard Spencer asks for Israelis’ respect as ‘white Zionist’

(JTA) – White nationalist leader Richard Spencer told Israelis during an evening TV interview that they should respect him because he is essentially a “white Zionist.”

Spencer made the comment to Channel 2 Wednesday in response to the anchor’s question about how he should feel about the anti-Semitism on display over the weekend at the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. [Read more…]

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