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  • ‘Alt-right’ celebrates alleged body slam of Jewish reporter Ben Jacobs by GOP congressional candidate

    (JTA) — Users of websites associated with the “alt-right” are cheering a Republican congressional candidate from Montana for allegedly body slamming Jewish reporter Ben Jacobs. There was no indication that Greg Gianforte knew or cared that Jacobs was Jewish when he allegedly threw The Guardian political reporter to the ground on Wednesday evening and broke his glasses,…

  • Israel gave Trump the royal treatment he longs for back home

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – President Donald Trump must have felt like he was back behind his desk at Trump Tower. During his whirlwind visit to Israel and the West Bank on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. leader was treated with the deference befitting a CEO. His words were greeted with rapturous applause and vows of support —…

  • Short on time, Yad Vashem packing emotion into Trump visit with story of one young victim

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump will briefly visit Yad Vashem on the second and last day of his visit to Israel, but officials at the Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem plans to use the time to deliver a powerful message. Rather than bombarding Trump with facts or analysis, they will tell him the story of one…

  • Netanyahu, a man in the middle, scrambles to give Trump a warm welcome

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did his best to give Donald Trump a warm welcome when he landed Monday at Ben Gurion Airport on his first trip abroad as U.S. president. Netanyahu offered support for Trump’s stated aspiration to broker the “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians. But he also made clear his right-wing…

  • Rebel Israeli lawmaker snags selfie with Donald Trump

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Oren Hazan finally met his hero, and he wasn’t going to let the moment go undocumented. The notoriously misbehaved Israeli lawmaker snapped a selfie with President Donald Trump during the official welcome ceremony Monday at Ben Gurion Airport. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu belatedly attempted to stop him. “Oren,” Netanyahu said in a paternalistic…

  • Israel’s demographic future: Crowded and very religious

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – Israel’s projected future looks a lot like a visit to the Jerusalem central bus station: crowded and very religious. According to a government report to be released in full next week, the Jewish state’s population will double in about 40 years. Some 29 percent — or 5.25 million of its projected 18…

  • Israeli startups are driving the car technology revolution. Here’s how.

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – Israeli startups are revving their engines ahead of the country’s largest-ever “smart transportation” event. Over 200 local companies working in transportation technology will be at the EcoMotion Conference on Thursday at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa. The plan is to give auto industry giants a look under the hood…

  • This Tel Aviv therapist is selling the healing power of sex with a stranger

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – On a leafy residential street in central Tel Aviv, the back entrance of an apartment building leads to two small rooms called “the red room” and “the green room.” Each is modestly furnished with a futon, a private shower and erotic artwork. Candles and a CD player are available to set the mood….

  • Meet Miss Israel 2017, a social media-savvy beauty queen

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — To become the Jewish state’s reigning beauty queen, Rotem Rabi first had to conquer the internet. The 21-year-old Jerusalem-based model won the coveted Miss Israel crown and sash Tuesday with the help of an army of online supporters. “I want to thank all of you for the kindness and support I received from you,”…

  • Israeli paratroopers re-create iconic photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – David Rubinger’s iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War. The men in the photo — Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti and Chaim Oshri — have proudly served as symbols of the historic Israeli victory for the past five decades. But in an…