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  • Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His right hand and torso were shredded and his thoughts were scattered. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racquet of maintain focus. But over time, Ventura came to realize he had also gained something from the…

  • Evangelicals are ready to speak for Israel in Trump’s Washington

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to take on a prominent role. An evangelical TV host and activist, Cardoza-Moore backs President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a…

  • Top Democrat Chuck Schumer condemns ‘troubling’ White House Holocaust statement

    (JTA) — Sen. Chuck Schumer joined the growing list of Democrats to have condemned the White House International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, calling it “troubling and unfortunate.” Schumer, the Senate minority leader from New York, made the comments Wednesday to Haaretz, a day after House Democrats failed to pass a resolution slamming the White House statement, which…

  • David Friedman, Trump’s Israel envoy pick, reportedly behind newly approved settler homes

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A recently approved apartment building in a West Bank settlement reportedly was funded by an organization headed by David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel. The planned five-story apartment building, which will hold 20 apartments, is financed by American Friends of Beit El Institutions, which Friedman chairs, according to a television…

  • Ireland said likely to recognize Palestinian state after Israeli legalization of settlements

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ireland will likely recognize a Palestinian state, Israel’s ambassador to the country reportedly warned in a cable to Jerusalem. Zeev Boker sent the cautionary dispatch Tuesday, Haaretz reported. Israel had already expected Dublin would officially recognize Palestine, and the Knesset’s recent passage of a law to legalize thousands of West Bank settlements strengthened that assessment, an…

  • How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – Defending his executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump pointed to Israel as a model, saying “a wall protects.” With another swipe of his pen two days later, on Jan. 27, Trump enacted a targeted travel ban. As it turns out,…

  • Germany says trust in Israel ‘shaken’ by legalization of West Bank settlements on Palestinian land

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Germany condemned a controversial new Israeli law that retroactively legalizes settler homes built on private Palestinian land. Berlin said Wednesday that the “regulations law” undermines trust in Israel’s seriousness about reaching a compromise with the Palestinians. “Many in Germany who stand by Israel and feel great commitment toward it find themselves deeply disappointed by…

  • Palestinians petition Supreme Court in first challenge to Israeli legalization of West Bank outposts

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian entities have petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court to overturn a controversial new law that retroactively legalizes settler homes built on private Palestinian land. In the petition filed Wednesday, 17 West Bank municipalities and three Palestinian human rights groups from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel claimed the legislation violates international humanitarian law…

  • Jewish ex-con gets 30 years for torching mosque linked to Orlando nightclub shooter

    (JTA) — A Jewish ex-convict was sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting fire to a mosque that the Orlando nightclub shooter occasionally attended. Joseph Schreiber, 32, pleaded no contest Monday in a hearing in the district courthouse in Fort Pierce, Florida, and was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution. He had confessed to police that…

  • US refuses comment on Israeli law that gives historic OK to settlements on Palestinian land

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States refused to comment on Israel’s passage of a bill that retroactively legalizes settler homes built on private Palestinian land, saying the Trump administration was suspending judgment. The White House’s immediate response to the controversial “regulation law” Monday was to refer to its statement last week that said the expansion of…