Month: February 2017

Congressmen introduce bill to create Israeli-Palestinian peace fund

(JTA) — Two congressmen introduced a measure to establish and provide money for an international fund to promote peace between Israel and Palestinians.

Reps. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., introduced a bill on Monday urging the United States to establish — in cooperation with the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority, regional governments and the international community — a fund to promote Israeli-Palestinian cooperation, dialogue and joint economic development.

The measure, called the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorization Act of 2017, would require the United States to provide at least $50 million to the fund annually from 2017 to 2021 and provide…

Trump reportedly said JCC threats may be trying to ‘make others look bad’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump reportedly said that a wave of threats against Jewish communal institutions may be a false flag.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is Jewish and a Democrat, described a meeting of state attorney generals and Trump on Tuesday to BuzzFeed.

Trump called the wave of bomb threats in recent weeks forcing the evacuation of nearly 100 Jewish community centers and other institutions countrywide as “reprehensible,” Shapiro said, but added: “Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people – or to make others – look bad.”

Shapiro said Trump said it was…

Sen. Lindsey Graham reintroduces bill to nix aid to Palestinian Authority for paying terrorists

(JTA) — Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is reintroducing a bill that would cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority for paying rewards to terrorists and their family members.

Graham, R-S.C, made the announcement Tuesday about the Taylor Force Act, whose introduction he had sponsored in September. He will reintroduce the bill with nine co-sponsors, all Republicans.

The bill, which is named for an American stabbed to death in Israel last year by a Palestinian terrorist, would condition aid to the Palestinian Authority on the government body condemning and taking steps to prevent acts of violence against U.S. and Israeli citizens, and ceasing payments…

Maccabi USA Announces the Juniors Boys’ Baseball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games

Philadelphia, PA, February 28, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Bat and Glove Chairman, Fred Cohen along with Head Coach Eric Holtz and Assistant Coach Daniel Kaufman are pleased to announce the Juniors Boys’ Baseball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will join the 8,750 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

The athletes are Mark Abramovitz of Englewood, NJ, The Frisch School; Charlie Beilenson of Encino, CA, Chaminade College Preparatory School; August Biben of New York, NY,…

With few safeguards, Jewish cemeteries make easy targets for vandals

NEW YORK (JTA) — Sometime between the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 17, and the following Monday morning, vandals damaged 170 gravestones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Jewish cemetery outside St. Louis.

Beyond that, cemetery staffers aren’t sure when the attack happened. Groundskeepers leave at 4 p.m. Fridays, and the cemetery is open to the public, unstaffed, all day Sunday. An employee discovered the damaged headstones Monday morning.

Even less is known about Saturday night’s attack on the Jewish Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia, which saw at least 100 gravestones toppled. Unlike the St. Louis-area cemetery, which is surrounded by…