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Obama signs anti-BDS deal — sort of

Obama signs anti-BDS deal — sort of

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed a bill that punishes the BDS campaign against Israel, but said he will not apply a segment that extends protections to West Bank settlements.

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, aimed at removing unfair barriers to competitive US trade, passed Congress on Feb. 11. Obama signed the bill into law on Feb. 24.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:38 )

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Jewish prof. rescues three KKK members

Jewish prof. rescues three KKK membersLOS ANGELES — A Jewish attorney and scholar who tracks extremist groups is being credited with saving three Ku Klux Klan members at an anti-immigration rally in Southern California that turned violent. Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, was filming the Feb. 27 rally in Anaheim when he jumped in to defend the white supremacists who were being attacked by counter-protesters with wooden posts.
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IDF reservist dies after Gush stabbing attack

GUSH ETZION — Eliav Gelman, a 31-year-old IDF reserve officer, was accidentally shot to death after a stabbing attack was carried out at the flashpoint of Gush Etzion Junction shortly after noon, local time, on Wednesday, Feb. 24. A Palestinian terrorist arrived at the junction from the south and attempted to stab Gelman. According to an army spokesperson, IDF forces shot and neutralized the terrorist, also hitting his intended victim by mistake.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:59 )

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Klebold's mother: My son was Jewish

Klebold's mother: My son was JewishThe mother of Columbine school shooter Dylan Klebold confirmed to NPR radio host Terry Gross on “Fresh Air” last week that she is Jewish, and her now ex-husband, Klebold’s father, is Lutheran. Klebold and Eric Harris had openly admired Adolf Hitler. They opened fire on students and teachers at Columbine High School in Colorado on the Nazi leader’s birthday in 1999, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 23 people before taking their own lives.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:59 )

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Colorado pushes back on BDS

Last week, Colorado joined the growing list of states and countries seeking to push back against the anti-Israel activism of the BDS movement. On Feb. 19, with bipartisan sponsorship, a bill was introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives that would empower the state’s public employees’ retirement association (PERA) to divest funds from “all companies that have economic prohibitions against Israel.” The bill was heard Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the House Business Affairs and Labor Co...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:00 )

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For Dutch property owners, Holocaust commemoration begins at home

Cnaan Liphshiz THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA) — After Yvonne van Gennep-Bouma discovered that Holocaust victims used to live in what is now her home, she began to think about them constantly. At night, van Genne... [Link]

JDC, HUC announce global Jewish leadership fellowship

Marcy Oster (JTA) — JDC Entwine – the initiative for young adults of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion – has established a Jewish lea... [Link]

Israeli found dead in Hungary was killed in robbery, prosecutor says

Marcy Oster BUDAPEST (JTA) — The Israeli citizen found dead in Hungary was killed in a brutal robbery for his two mobile phones, laptop computer and cash, the Hungarian Prosecutor’s Office said Monday... [Link]

Ohio Jewish leader cited by John Kasich for Holocaust memorial role dies at 68

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Joyce Garver Keller, the longtime executive director of Ohio’s Jewish community relations council who helped establish a state Holocaust memorial, has died at 68. On Monday morning, less t... [Link]

Trump says he will try to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Saying he’d “never met a person from Israel that didn’t want to make that deal,” Donald Trump said if elected president he plans to try to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty.... [Link]

Orthodox activists and victims asking NY to change sex abuse reporting laws

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) – Advocates for sexual abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community will be descending on New York’s state capital on May 3 to lobby the legislature to eliminate the statute o... [Link]

3rd British city councilman suspended in one day for anti-Semitic posts

Marcy Oster (JTA) — A third British city councilman was suspended by the Labour Party on Monday for tweeting anti-Semitic comments. Shah Hussain, a member of the Burnley Borough Council in Lancashire, was ... [Link]

Israel’s justice minister aiming to bring civil law to West Bank Jews, keep Palestinians under military rule

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s justice minister said she would resurrect a legal initiative to bring Israeli civil law to Jewish settlements in the West Bank while keeping the Palestinians who... [Link]

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