JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Reuven Rivlin of Israel called for the new year 2017 to be a year of “mutual respect, between people, and between nations.” Rivlin issued the nearly 3-minute recorded message on Thursday in advance of the secular new year. “There is no ignoring the fact that 2016 was a very difficult year….
(JTA) — Responding to Secretary of State John Kerry’s address on making peace between Israel and the Palestinians, many U.S. lawmakers said they were disappointed by the Obama administration’s decision to abstain on the vote in the U.N. Security Council of a resolution criticizing Israel for settlement building. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the incoming Senate…6
Israeli and Palestinian reactions to John Kerry’s anti-settlement speech fell on political lines.65
“Someone like Mr. Lasner, who would harass a mother and her child simply trying to go about their day, does not deserve the honor of teaching,” read the petition.
The deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher over the past 48 hours have left the team behind the upcoming HBO documentary on the mother and daughter reeling from shock.
(JTA) — Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, will offer a prayer at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Hier reportedly will offer readings, recite an original prayer and give Trump and incoming Vice President Mike Pence each a benediction at the Jan. 20 ceremony. “Since the first inaugural…20
(JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump said Israel is being treated “very, very unfairly” and accused the Obama administration of treating Israel with “total disdain” hours after Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech about Israel and making peace with the Palestinians. Trump spoke to reporters on the steps of his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida on Wednesday…9
(JTA) — Norway’s public broadcaster apologized for referencing Nazi death camps and the Jewish genocide in a satirical cartoon about the financial situation of university students. “This cartoon should not have spoofed the Nazi genocide, and we’re sorry this reference obstructed what the sketch is really about,” a spokesperson for the NRK broadcaster wrote on…
(JTA) — Bucking a noticeable decrease in Jewish immigration to Israel this year, the number of Russian Jews who moved to the Jewish state has reached a 10-year record of 7,000 newcomers. Overall, some 27,000 people moved to Israel this year under its Law of Return for Jews and their relatives, or made aliyah, according…4
Debbie Reynolds, a leading lady in Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, including “Singin’ in the Rain,” died on Wednesday, at the age of 84, just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.
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