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American Airlines ceases flying to Israel

JERUSALEM — American Airlines announced that it will stop flying to Israel.

The airline said it will halt its Philadelphia-Tel Aviv flight in January because it is losing money, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The Philadelphia flight, which was begun in 2009, is American’s only route to Israel.

The office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has called on the airline to reverse its decision, in part because Nutter has been working to develop economic ties between the city and Israeli companies.

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Panel to study haredi run school district in East Ramapo

NEW YORK — The New York State Education Dept. appointed a panel to study the operations of the haredi Orthodox-controlled school board in the East Ramapo school district. The board, located in New York’s suburban Rockland County, has stirred controversy and local ire for its decisions over the years to significantly cut public school budgets while expanding services that benefit the area’s large Orthodox Jewish population, such as busing to yeshivas and special education for yeshiva stude...

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Hebrew National’s mixed message

Hebrew National’s mixed messageNEW YORK — It may be America’s most iconic kosher brand, famous for its hot dogs that in the words of its unforgettable ad slogan, “answer to a higher authority.” So consumers might be confused to find videos on Hebrew National’s homepage suggesting they grill up their kosher franks with some bacon or halloumi cheese.
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America’s three most Jewish cities: New York, Boston, Miami

NEW YORK — New York, Boston and Miami are the three most Jewish cities per capita in the country, according to a new analysis of data gathered last year by the Public Religion Research Institute. Eight percent of New York City residents are Jewish, followed by Boston at 6% and Miami at 5%, according to the data. Philadelphia and San Francisco each are 4% Jewish, and Chicago and Washington are 3% Jewish. Nationally, 2% of all Americans are Jewish, according to the study. Los Angeles, which by...
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Pollard to be freed, but to Israel?

Pollard to be freed, but to Israel?WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will not alter the terms of Jonathan Pollard’s parole once he is released, a signal that Israel’s struggle to bring him to the country whose citizenship he has assumed will outlast his November release date. “Mr. Pollard will serve his sentence as mandated by statute for the very serious crimes he committed,” Alistair Baskey, a National Security Council spokesman, said in a statement emailed to JTA. “The president has no intention of altering the...
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Obama to U.S. Jews: ‘We’re not giving away anything’ to Iran

Andrew Tobin The president said the nuclear agreement blocks Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and does nothing to limit the U.S.’s options against the Islamic Republic. ... [Link]

‘Homeland’ creator to direct film on Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jews

Gabe Friedman Israeli Gideon Raff’s latest project will portray the airlift rescues of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the ’80s. ... [Link]

Yazidi leaders demand ‘Jewish Schindler’ prove he is saving people

Gabe Friedman In a letter published Wednesday, 20 advocates for the Yazidis questioned Steve Maman’s methods and demanded he inform Yazidi leaders about the specific people his group has rescued. ... [Link]

Plunder-filled Nazi train worth millions has likely been found

Julie Wiener The World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their rightful owners or the owners’ heirs. ... [Link]

Kansas City shooter: ‘I had a patriotic intent to stop genocide’

Julie Wiener The white supremacist charged with killing three people outside two Jewish facilities in Kansas City admitted doing so, but urged the jury to judge him “not guilty.” ... [Link]

Iran nixes Israeli conductor’s Tehran performance

Julie Wiener A spokesman for Iran’s culture ministry was quoted as saying that “Iran does not recognize the Zionist regime and will not co-operate with artists of this regime.” ... [Link]

U.N. watchdog: Iran expanding Parchin facility

Cnaan Liphshiz Tehran dismissed the findings, which come as it prepares to close a deal with world powers. ... [Link]

Switzerland regrets using cartoon of birds defecating on Netanyahu

Julie Wiener The cartoon, in which doves with Iranian and American flags on their chests relieve themselves atop Netanyahu’s head, appears to reference the Iran nuclear deal, which Israel opposes. ... [Link]

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