NEW YORK (JTA) – Students at Jewish day schools across the United States offered prayers, lit candles and demanded change as part of a nationwide student walkout calling for gun reform in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States spiked in 2017, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.
There were 1,986 acts of anti-Semitism in the U.S. last year, according to an ADL audit released Tuesday. That is more than double the total from 2015, which was 942. It’s also a 57-per-cent increase over the 2016 total of 1,267. The audit said that the rise is due in part to an increase in people reporting incidents of anti-Semitism. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump’s top Middle East peace negotiator, said efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace were still underway and urged the Palestinians to return to the table.
Greenblatt delivered his appeals twice this week, once at a key policy conference in Israel and then at a special meeting of a funding committee for the Palestinians. [Read more…]
WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The Polish Senate passed legislation that criminalizes accusing the Polish state of the crimes committed by the Germans during World War II.
The amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance was adopted early Thursday morning by a vote of 57-23, with two abstentions. [Read more…]
(JTA) – At least two Jewish billionaires, including the head of the European Jewish Congress, appear on a list of Russian politicians and oligarchs published by the U.S. Treasury as part of a sanctions law against Moscow.
The list of 114 politicians and 96 oligarchs, which was ordered by the U.S. Congress in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, all rose to power under Russian President Vladimir Putin. They are considered to be fair game for sanctions under legislation meant to punish Russia for its interference in the U.S. election, as well as other actions such as human rights violations, annexation of Crimea and ongoing military operations in eastern Ukraine. [Read more…]
(JTA) – U.S. diplomats holding a business workshop in the West Bank for Palestinians fled after protesters stormed the meeting over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
About five protesters threw tomatoes and kicked the diplomats’ car on Tuesday as they were leaving the Bethlehem event, Agency France-Presse reported, and held signs expressing their opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem announced last month. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The world is about to revolve around Pyeongchang, a mountainous county in the northern half of South Korea, for the upcoming Winter Olympics.
Jewish fans won’t have quite as many standout athletes to cheer for this year as they did in 2016, when multiple American members of the tribe won medals at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. But there are several compelling Jewish stories to catch up on before the action starts. [Read more…]
(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump is just the man to get an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal done.
Just ask Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli prime minister was gushing last week about Trump’s negotiating team, which is led by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Israel supported a UN resolution changing the name of the international remembrance day for the 1994 Rwanda genocide opposed by the United States and the European Union.
The April 7 remembrance day will focus solely on the murder of some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis by members of the Hutu-majority government following the amendment’s approval on Friday in the General Assembly by consensus. It will be known now as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that U.S. President Donald Trump has a “very able team” led by Jared Kushner working on brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Netanyahu also called them “very creative” during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria onstage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The interview, held Thursday, was broadcast Sunday on CNN. [Read more…]