Month: June 2018

Billionaire Roman Abramovich Helps Bring Ill Israeli Kids To the World Cup

(JTA) — Despite Israel’s absence from the World Cup, many Israelis are intensely following this year’s tournament in Russia. Some of these fans, thanks to Russian Jewish billionaire Roman Abramovich, have been gifted the opportunity to attend the Cup.

Abramovich, an investor and entrepreneur who owns England’s Chelsea soccer team, has donated a six-figure sum to the Israeli “Fulfilling Dreams” charity, which takes children with serious illnesses to major soccer tournaments across the world. The organization was founded and continues to be run by U.K. native Gilad Salter. Abramovich, according to reports, learned about…

Far-left British Paper Pulls Op-ed Blaming Israel for anti-Semitism

(JTA) — A far-left British newspaper that regularly features articles by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn apologized for running an op-ed linking rising anti-Semitism to “Israel’s crimes.”

On Wednesday, The Morning Star pulled offline an article titled “Rising Anti-Semitism Cannot be Tackled without Addressing Israel’s Crimes.”

“This article has been removed from the website as it crossed a line in…

The Number of People Deemed Not Jewish Enough to Marry in Israel has doubled over 7 years

A Jewish bride poses for photos ahead of her wedding near the Jewish settlement of Migron in the West Bank, Aug. 17, 2011. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The number of people rejected as being not Jewish for the purposes of marriage in Israel appears to have more than doubled in the past seven years, according to data from the country’s rabbinical courts.

In 2010, the number of Jews who…

Hamas Paid Family of 8-Month-Old To Say She Died During Gaza Border Clashes

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas paid the family of an 8-month-old baby to say she died during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops, a family member said.

Mahmoud Omar, 20, told Israeli investigators that his 8-month-old cousin Layla al-Ghandour died of a blood disease, the same disease the baby’s brother died from a year earlier. He said he heard about his cousin’s death while protesting at the border in early May.

The information was contained in testimony by Omar filed as part of an indictment in Beersheba District Court on Thursday. Omar, who was captured attempting to…

Knesset Advances Bill Banning Discrimination Based On Gender Or Sexual Identity

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The legislation, an amendment to the Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, would widen the scope of current anti-discrimination law.

The bill was approved on its first reading by a vote of 37 to 36. It now goes to the Knesset’s House Committee for discussion and amendment, and then must pass a second and third reading in the Knesset plenum to become law.

The legislation, which was sponsored by Knesset…