At least 17 bomb threats called in to U.S. JCCs in third wave of threats

(JTA) – At least 17 Jewish community centres across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month.

Paul Goldenberg, director of Secure Community Networks – an affiliate of Jewish Federations of North America which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security – said the threats were called in late Tuesday morning. It was not clear at the time whether the messages were live or recorded, or the gender of the caller. [Read more…]

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Iraqi lawmaker may be prevented from receiving human rights prize because of Trump travel ban

(JTA) – A Yazidi leader may be prevented from receiving a prize named for Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in the U.S. Congress because of the Trump administration’s travel ban.

Vian Dakhil, a member of the Iraqi parliament who has led the effort to raise awareness of the mass killings of her people at the hands of the Islamic State terrorist group also known as ISIS, is slated to receive the prize Feb. 8 in the U.S. Capitol. [Read more…]

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Trump ban order leads Florida authorities to hold seven Jews

(JTA) – Among the travelers delayed for hours by the Trump administration’s executive orders banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries were seven people with ties to the Syrian Jewish community, according to a report.

Florida Today, the state’s subsidiary of USA Today, reported Monday that federal authorities had detained the seven people for over six hours disembarking at Port Canaveral from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. At least three of them were U.S. born, the news site said, quoting Ruth Singer, an attorney involved in the case. [Read more…]

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Nine Venezuelan converts can move to Israel under Knesset compromise

(JTA) – Nine Venezuelan Jewish converts will be permitted to immigrate to Israel after their initial request was denied.

Under a compromise deal brokered Tuesday by The Jewish Agency for Israel in the Knesset, the applicants – indigenous Venezuelans who belong to three families and converted to Judaism in 2014 under the auspices of a Conservative rabbinical court – will undergo a second conversion described as “symbolic.” They will have to wait nine months to claim citizenship, Haaretz reported. [Read more…]

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Amona outpost residents given 48 hours to evacuate

The Amona outpost stands atop a hill in the northern West Bank, Dec. 13, 2016. (Andrew Tobin)
The Amona outpost stands atop a hill in the northern West Bank, Dec. 13, 2016. (Andrew Tobin)

The Amona outpost stands atop a hill in the northern West Bank, Dec. 13, 2016. (Andrew Tobin)

(JTA) – Residents of the Amona outpost in the West Bank have been notified that they have 48 hours to leave ahead of its demolition.

The Israel Defense Forces posted a notice Monday that the entire outpost, including residents’ possessions, must be vacated by Wednesday. After several delays, the demolition date set by Israel’s Supreme Court for the hilltop community is Feb. 8. [Read more…]

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