Month: May 2019

Jews of Color are Chronically Undercounted, Researchers Find

Participants in a think tank event hosted by the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative in Berkeley, Calif. (Courtesy of Jews of Color Field Building Initiative)

(JTA) — The Jewish community has been undercounting the number of people of color who are Jewish, a new analysis found.

Researchers at Stanford University and the University of San Francisco examined 25 population studies of American Jews and found that many failed to ask about race and the methods they used meant that nonwhite Jews were undersampled.

“The Jewish community has consistently been inconsistent with…

Palestinian Uber Driver Kicks Two Jewish Women Out of His Car After Learning They Attended Israel Event

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(JTA) — An Uber driver in Los Angeles who said he was Palestinian kicked two Jewish women out of his car after learning they were coming from an Israel Independence Day celebration.

The incident occurred on May 19, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported.

The driver, named Mustafa, asked the women where they were coming from after they sat in the back seat. The women were reluctant to say, but then told the driver after he did not start the car.

Mustafa…

Is this the end of the Netanyahu era?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen after a vote on a bill to dissolve the parliament, at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on May 30, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — After 50-plus years of advising on Arab-Israeli negotiations and analyzing Israeli politics, I thought I had seen everything. But yesterday’s dissolution of the Knesset by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who was elected a mere seven weeks ago to lead it, represents a stunning new low in political dysfunction and electoral chaos, even by Israeli standards.

Whether these developments lead us back roughly to…

US, Israeli and Russian Security Advisers to Meet in Jerusalem in June

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu display the proclamation Trump signed recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights after their meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on March 25, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(JTA) — The national security advisers of the United States, Israel and Russia will meet in Jerusalem in June, the White House said Wednesday.

The announcement said that John Bolton of the United States, Meir Ben-Shabbat of Israel and Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, would convene “to…

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt in Israel to Talk About Peace Plan as Government Dissolves

Jason Greenblatt, left, and Jared Kushner at a Middle East peace conference in Warsaw, Poland, Feb. 14, 2019. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, architects of the Trump administration’s peace plan, arrived in Israel to discuss the proposal an hour before the government voted to dissolve and move to new elections.

Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, and Greenblatt, his Middle East envoy, are scheduled to meet Thursday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

They were in  Morocco on Tuesday and Jordan on Wednesday in an effort to…