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US and Israeli rabbis in furious conversions row

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 29, 2016

An angry row over the recognition of conversions to Judaism has erupted once again between the Orthodox rabbinical establishments of Israel and the US.

The dispute arose following the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's refusal to authorise at least two conversions performed by rabbis affiliated to the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA).


Black Lives Matter scores an anti-Israel own goal

By Tim Marshall, August 11, 2016

The decision by the Black Lives Matter coalition (BLM) in the USA to link the issue of American police brutality with what it calls the "genocide" of the Palestinians by "apartheid" Israel is disappointing but not surprising. It follows a long line of antisemitism in radical black American thought.

The BLM has issued a 40,000-word manifesto of its beliefs entitled "A Vision for Black Lives".


Murderer to sue prison service after kosher meals argument

By Rosa Doherty, July 26, 2016

A prisoner on death row in Kentucky has launched a legal case claiming he has been denied access to kosher meals while in jail.

William Harry Meece, a convicted murderer, was removed from the prison's kosher programme after he ate an unlabelled rotisserie chicken.


'United' can so easily become 'untied' - especially in the States today

By Erica Brown, July 14, 2016

At 12:47 on May 10, 1869, the last iron spike united the Transcontinental Railroad. In a triumphant sweep, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads were brought together, two vast parts of America joined in a transportation feat that reduced six months of travel into a week-long excursion.


Holocaust museum looks to block Pokémon players

By Josh Jackman, July 13, 2016

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has asked visitors to stop playing an immersive video game which allows users to “catch monsters” while walking around its exhibitions.

Pokémon Go is an “augmented reality” smartphone game in which users try to trap fictional fighting animals like Charizard and Pikachu.


Trump deletes Magen David tweet accusing Clinton of corruption

By Josh Jackman, July 3, 2016

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican Party presidential candidate, has tweeted a Magen David containing the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” next to a picture of Hillary Clinton.

The graphic, which also included a background of $100 bills, was prefaced by the words “Crooked Hillary - - Makes History!”


Talks over multi-billion US aid to Israel faltering

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

Israel's Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, tried to wrap up negotiations on a new defence aid agreement with the US during his visit to the Pentagon in Washington this week.

The talks over a new ten-year deal have faltered over disagreements both between the two countries and in Jerusalem.


Oldest shul in US owned by congregation, says judge

By David Lazarus, June 12, 2016

A four-year legal battle over who owns America's oldest shul - the Touro - ended last month when a federal court ruled that the congregation currently using it was the rightful proprietor.


Journalist who flagged up hate trend quits Twitter

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

The Jewish journalist who shed a light on the tactic used by far-right activists to identify Jews on Twitter so they can be attacked has quit the social media platform over its handling of antisemitic abuse.


US Jewish group J Street was paid by White House to promote Iran deal

By JC Reporter, May 22, 2016

J-Street, the American liberal Jewish group, was given more than half a million dollars to promote President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran in the face of fierce opposition from Israel, it has emerged.

The group, which declares itself pro-Israel, was given the money by the Ploughshares Fund, the main organisation used by the White House’s to advocate the deal.