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  • University of Wisconsin student resolution blames Israel for police violence against African-Americans

    (JTA) — The student government of the University of Wisconsin-Madison included an amendment specifically about Israel in a divestment resolution targeting companies operating in many countries. The resolution was passed Wednesday by the Associated Students of Madison by a 24-0 vote, with two abstentions. It calls on the university and its foundation to divest from…

  • Chicago Jewish couple married 69 years die moments apart holding hands

    (JTA) — A Chicago Jewish couple who were married for 69 years died moments apart in the same hospital room while holding hands. Teresa Vatkin, 89, died at 12:10 a.m. Saturday at Highland Park Hospital, and her husband, Isaac, died at approximately 12:50 a.m. as they wheeled his wife from the room and their hands…

  • Israel’s population is 8.68 million on eve of 69th birthday

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s population stands at 8.68 million on the eve of Israel Independence Day. The figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday ahead of the nation’s 69th birthday on Monday show that the country’s population is growing by nearly 2 percent a year and that there are 10 times as…

  • Anti-Semitic poster hung at Kansas State U on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    (JTA) — An anti-Semitic poster was hung on the campus of Kansas State University on Holocaust Remembrance Day. The poster was discovered on the morning of April 24 on a telephone pole, the local Manhattan Mercury reported. “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege,” said the poster, which contained a graphic of a pyramid…

  • Palestinian Authority to stop paying Israel for electricity used in Hamas-run Gaza

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority will stop paying Israel for the electricity it provides to the Gaza Strip, which is run by the Hamas terror organization. In a move seen as a way for the Palestinian Authority to pressure Hamas to relinquish control of Gaza, the P.A. informed the coordinator of government activities in…

  • Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner will accompany president on Israel trip

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are expected to accompany President Donald Trump on his first visit to Israel next month. It is not clear whether first lady Melania Trump will join the delegation at the end of May, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported Thursday. Ivanka Trump, the president’s Jewish daughter, and…

  • Israel acknowledges possible involvement in strike on Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus airport

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Syria accused Israel of airstrikes on a Hezbollah-operated arms depot near the airport in Damascus, and Israel acknowledged it could have been involved. Video of the attack early Thursday morning shows a large explosion when the depot is hit, signifying a cache of weapons or explosives. Lebanese television aired the video, according…

  • Israeli tanks destroy Hamas post in Gaza after soldiers come under fire

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli tanks fired at a Hamas position in Gaza after soldiers came under fire while working on the coastal strip’s border with Israel. Israeli news reports said the Hamas position was destroyed. According to the Israeli army, the soldiers were carrying out “routine activities” near the southern Gaza border fence on Thursday…

  • Women of the Wall smuggle in Torah scroll for monthly Kotel service

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hundreds of women joined Women of the Wall for the group’s monthly Rosh Chodesh service at the Western Wall, which included a Torah scroll smuggled in to the women’s section. Among the some 300 women who assembled for the service on Thursday morning to mark the new Hebrew month of Iyar were…

  • Teens studying technology teach Holocaust survivors to surf the internet

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly 700 Israeli teens studying in science and technology schools in Israel are teaching Holocaust survivors to use computers and the internet. The students meet weekly in pairs with survivors in 22 cities across Israel through a program called Mechubarim, which means connected. Students have helped the survivors to search for family…