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Ruth Bader Ginsburg wins first Genesis Prize for lifetime achievement

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2016. (Bob Jacob/Cleveland Jewish News)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2016. (Bob Jacob/Cleveland Jewish News)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg its first lifetime achievement award.

The foundation, which sponsors the annual $1 million Genesis Prize popularly known as the “Jewish Nobel,” in its announcement Wednesday praised Ginsburg’s “groundbreaking legal work in the field of civil liberties and women’s rights.” [Read more…]

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Iran and Iraq reject Israel’s offer of aid for earthquake victims

An Iranian woman and child walking in rubble of their home in the village Kouik near Sarpol-e Zahab two days after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq . (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

An Iranian woman and child walking in rubble of their home in the village Kouik near Sarpol-e Zahab two days after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq . (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israel offered humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake that killed hundreds of people in Iran and Iraq, but was turned down.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told North American Jewish leaders gathered in Los Angeles Tuesday that he was motivated to direct the aid by photographs of the devastation caused by Sunday’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake which killed at least 530 people in Iran and several in Iraq. [Read more…]

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Police investigate Israeli drone maker accused of bombing Armenia in demo

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli police launched a criminal investigation of an Israeli drone manufacturer that allegedly tried to bomb the Armenian military on behalf of Azerbaijan during a product demonstration.

Hebrew media reported the existence of the probe of Aeronautics Defense Systems on Monday as an Israeli court approved a gag order on most details. Police confirmed that they were investigating the firm’s deal with a “significant customer.” [Read more…]

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Brazilian high schoolers simulate Nazi human experiments for science fair

Students at Milecimo da Silva High School recently simulating Nazi human experiments in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Screenshot from Facebook)

Students at Milecimo da Silva High School recently simulating Nazi human experiments in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Screenshot from Facebook)

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Brazilian high school students simulated medical experiments that the Nazis conducted on concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust.

The students at Milecimo da Silva high school in Rio De Janeiro were recently assigned to recreate a Nazi laboratory for a science fair. According to the Brazilian Israelite Confederations, the country’s umbrella Jewish group, the purpose of the exhibition was to highlight the supposed scientific progress made by Nazi doctors working in concentration camps. [Read more…]

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U.S. security officials arrive in Israel to discuss Syria border deal

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Israeli forces standing guard on the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Nov. 27, 2016. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. National Security Council officials arrived in Israel for talks with their Israeli counterparts.

Representatives of other security agencies are also participating Tuesday in the discussions, which are focused on the recent U.S.-Russia ceasefire agreement for Syria as well as on Iran. [Read more…]

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Chilean presidential candidate calls Israel ‘a threat to world peace’

(JTA) – A candidate in Chile’s upcoming presidential election declared Israel “a threat to world peace.”

Eduardo Artes, leader of the leftist Patriotic Union party, made the comment in an interview broadcast Friday with Chile’s HispanTV. He also pledged that as president he would conduct a comprehensive review of his country’s relations with the Jewish state. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president plays peacemaker between his government and North American Jews

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017. (Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017.
(Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Reuven Rivlin played peacemaker Monday night – between North American Jews and Israelis.

Speaking at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, Israel’s president sympathized with attendees’ complaints that Israel was ignoring their calls for religious pluralism there, but also urged patience with Israel’s political process. [Read more…]

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Federation movement demands Israel reverse ‘divisive’ moves on Western Wall, conversion

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) called on Israel to reverse its “divisive and damaging” steps to freeze an agreement on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and its support of a bill that would grant a monopoly to Orthodox authorities in Israel over conversions to Judaism.

The JFNA’s board of trustees, representing Jewish communal philanthropies across the United States and Canada, passed the resolution Monday morning on the second day of the organization’s annual General Assembly here. [Read more…]

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Israel denies entry to European officials under new anti-boycott law

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel announced it would not allow seven European officials to visit because of what it said were their efforts to promote boycotts of the country.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Monday that he would adopt the recommendation of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to deny entry to the members of a 20-person delegation. The group of European Parliament members and French mayors was to arrive next week. [Read more…]

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