Local News

Pa. State Rep. Dan Frankel Reintroduces Hate Crime Legislation

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Frankel represents a district that includes Squirrel Hill, the Pittsburgh neighborhood where a gunman murdered 11 congregants at the Tree of Life synagogue building in 2018. His hate crime bills were originally introduced in 2019, but his efforts to expand and strengthen hate crime law began much earlier.

National News

‘Skinhead’ Who Schemed to Blow Up Colorado Synagogue Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years

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A self-described “skinhead” who plotted to blow up a Colorado synagogue in 2019 was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.

Michigan University Fires Professor for Anti-Semitic, Racist Social Media

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Ferris State University, a public research school in Big Rapids, Michigan, fired a professor last week for using anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic and other inflammatory language on social media.

Kentucky Becomes First State to Adopt IHRA Anti-Semitism Definition

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For the first time, a U.S. state has officially adopted a definition of anti-Semitism that has ignited debates worldwide over the extent to which criticism of Israel should be considered anti-Semitic.

Arts

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Philly’s Israeli Film Fest Opts for Free ‘Theater’ Model This Year

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Though this year is technically the 25th anniversary edition of the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia, this spring’s version will take a different tack. Rather...

‘Shtisel’ Season 3 Netflix Release Date Announced

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Season 3 of the hit haredi Orthodox drama series “Shtisel” will debut on Netflix on March 25, Israel’s Yes Studios announced Tuesday.

Shira Haas to Play Golda Meir in American TV Series

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Israeli actress Shira Haas, best known internationally for her star turn in Netflix’s “Unorthodox,” will portray Israel’s only female prime minister, Golda Meir, in an upcoming TV series.

ICC Launches War Crimes Investigation of Israelis and Palestinian Terrorists

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AMSTERDAM — Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court said they have launched an investigation against Israelis for alleged war crimes against Palestinians.

South American Immigrants Arrive in Israel After 40 Days in Limbo

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RIO DE JANEIRO — A group of 137 immigrants from Brazil and Argentina landed in Israel on Monday after 40 days of limbo.

Vaccinated Israelis Can Soon Cruise to Greece and Cyprus

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One year after cruise ships saw massive COVID-19 outbreaks among their passengers, one cruise line said it will be launching a trip for vaccinated Israelis in May.