As he told JTA in April, acclaimed indie rocker (and gender nonconforming Shabbat-observant Jew) Ezra Furman isn’t shy about expressing his Jewishness in his music. But he just released his most explicitly Jewish song yet. Furman told Consequence of Sound that “The Refugee,” which he uploaded to the SoundCloud music streaming site on Wednesday, is his…
(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League praised Twitter after the social media platform announced that it has suspended more than 300,000 accounts that have violated policies related to the promotion of terrorism. Earlier this year, Twitter announced it had suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 for violating its prohibition on violent threats and the promotion of terrorism….
(JTA) — Jordan won its first-ever Olympic medal thanks to the performance of a Palestinian taekwondo fighter whose family left Israel 20 years ago. Abu Ghoush, who was born in Jordan, received a call from Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who congratulated him on winning gold Thursday at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. In…7
It was with excitement but some trepidation last night that I began to read the online version of a [New York Times story] about The Forward.
(JTA) –Members of the tiny Jewish community of Macedonia and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee distributed hundreds of aid packages to victims of deadly floods that forced thousands out of their homes in the Balkan nation. The Joint, or JDC, along with the Jewish Community of the Republic of Macedonia and the Holocaust Fund…
(JTA) — Forty American Orthodox clergy co-signed a letter condemning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for what they called his “hateful rhetoric and intolerant policy proposals.” The letter — whose signatories included Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, the founding president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York City — was published Friday on the website Cleveland.com. Noting…106
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration acknowledged that the release of $400 million in cash to Iran in January was linked to Iran’s release of American prisoners, but rejected notions it was a ransom payment. “With concerns that Iran may renege on the prisoner release given unnecessary delays regarding persons in Iran who could not…9
In a blog post published on Thursday, Twitter announced that it has suspended over 235,000 since February.
AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The effects of the Holocaust in the Netherlands and Jewish emigration have made Dutch Jewry’s communal institutions unsustainable, a key figure of that community said. Michel Waterman, the director of the Crescas institute for Jewish culture, made the unusual statement during an interview published Tuesday in Het Parool daily ahead of his…
Amy Schumer opened up in depth about the controversy surrounding writer Kurt Metzger, a writer who worked on her Comedy Central series “Inside Amy Schumer” and ignited a firestorm online after commenting on a sexual abuse scandal.
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