The Cleveland Museum of Natural History last week announced that a newly identified species of praying mantis was named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Researchers from the museum said they meant to honor the Jewish justice’s “relentless fight for gender equality.” It makes sense. Ilomantis ginsburgae is the first mantis classified by distinct qualities…
A petition calling to remove from the bench the judge whose sentencing in a high-profile Stanford University rape case has sparked outrage had attracted close to 100,000 signatures by Monday.12
Hillary Clinton has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination, according to tallies on Monday by two U.S. media outlets, the day before six states were set to vote in nominating contests.
(JTA) — The son of a Polish-Jewish immigrant from Germany has a slight lead in Peru’s presidential elections. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former prime minister of Peru and economist for the World Bank known as PPK, as of Monday morning held a 1 percent lead in the voting over Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the jailed…
Jerusalem Day, first celebrated the year after the conquest of the Old City by Israeli paratroopers during the 1967 Six Day War, was established as an official state holiday by law in 1998. But in recent years, the day has become a flashpoint of verbal and physical violence between Jews and Arabs struggling over the most cherished sites of their respective religions.
Israel’s former Sephardic chief rabbi said that a landmark compromise establishing a mixed-gender prayer space at the Western Wall will “weaken Jerusalem.”14
The award-winning British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, best known for penning “Amadeus” and “Equus,” died Monday in County Cork, Ireland, of pneumonia and age-related issues, his long-time agent said. He was 90.
(JTA) — The Jewish school board president in a Pennsylvania town that has canceled the invocation at its high school commencement following controversial remarks by a student at last year’s ceremony said he is not “anti-Christian.” Rick Rabinowitz was the first to raise objections with the Pottsgrove school administration following the 2015 ceremony in which…
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The second Palestinian in a March stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers in Hebron also was executed after being downed with minor injuries, the B’Tselem human rights organization claims. According to a statement issued Monday by the Israeli group, Ramzi al-Qasrawi was executed with a shot to the head after he was down…4
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts have been resecured, a spokesman from the social media platform said on Monday, responding to questions about weekend media reports that the founder’s sites had been hacked.
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