Thousands gather at United Nations to oppose BDS

NEW YORK (JTA) – Thousands filled the United Nations General Assembly hall for a conference opposing the BDS movement.

The conference on Wednesday, sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and Israel’s mission to the UN, focused on ways to combat the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Sessions concerned opposing BDS on campus, among private corporations, on social media and at the UN itself – a body Israel and the United States have accused of being biased against Israel. [Read more…]

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Israel and Nicaragua to re-establish diplomatic ties

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel and Nicaragua have decided to re-establish diplomatic relations.

The two countries announced Wednesday they were resuming ties that had been suspended since 2010, when Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega joined several countries in breaking relations with the Jewish state in the wake of the Mavi Marmara incident, when Israeli naval commandos killed nine Turkish citizens in clashes on a boat attempting to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel did not have an embassy in Nicaragua at the time.

“Both governments view very favorably the re-establishment of ties with the aim of advancing joint co-operation for the advancement of both nations and to contribute to the struggle to achieve peace in the world,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that also was released by Nicaragua.

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Britney Spears tickets go on sale in Israel hours after concert announced

Britney Spears performing at 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Britney Spears performing at 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Britney Spears performing at 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 2, 2016. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

(JTA) – Tickets to see American pop singer Britney Spears are on sale in Israel.

Tickets for the summer concert went on sale late Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the concert was confirmed. They start at nearly $100. [Read more…]

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Paraguay to require more humane ways of kosher slaughter

(JTA) – The government of Paraguay will move to require more humane ways of kosher slaughter by the end of year following the intervention of Israeli and international animal rights activists.

Slaughterhouses will have to stop using the shackle-and-hoist method of slaughter and instead use the method of rotating pens, which is seen as more humane, The Jerusalem Post reported. [Read more…]

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