Month: August 2018

Two Spanish cities reverse Israel boycott motions following legal action

Two municipalities in Spain rescinded their motions to endorse the campaign to boycott Israel following legal action by a Madrid-based organization devoted to defending the Jewish state.

The city council of Villarrobledo, a city of 25,000 that is located 100 miles southeast of Madrid and is known for its wine industry, scrapped last week a motion passed in April that declared the municipality to be a part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, or BDS.

The move on Aug.…

French city celebrates planned reopening of Europe’s oldest Jewish building

The French city of Rouen will celebrate with an international symposium its renovation and planned reopening to the public of Europe’s oldest known Jewish building.

Next week’s conference titled “Medieval Judaism between Normandy and England” is focused on the Sublime House, the seat of a 12th-century yeshiva in the city of Rouen,  70 miles northwest of Paris.

The event coincides with the European Days of Jewish Culture series of events, taking place annually across the continent since 1999…

Jake Tapper’s daughter has a book coming out — and she’s only 11

Jake Tapper is not only a CNN anchor but an author, with a recent political thriller, “The Hellfire Club,” on the shelves.

Now it looks like his daughter Alice Paul Tapper, 11, is set to get in on the action as well, releasing her first book, titled “Raise Your Hand.”

The book, which is being published by Penguin Young Readers, is based on Alice’s work encouraging girls to be more assertive and raise their hands in class.

In a 2017 New York Times op-ed, the then 10-year-old wrote that she was on a field trip when she noticed “that…

‘Fauda’ head screenwriter teaching at Rutgers this fall

The Israeli screenwriter who serves as head writer for the hit series “Fauda” will teach at Rutgers University for the Fall semester.

Moshe Zonder will teach “Screenwriting for Television” in the Creative Writing Program, as part of the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program. He also will participate in outreach activities of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, including the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival.

“Fauda,” the Israeli drama in Hebrew and Arabic, focuses on a commando unit of the Israeli Defense Forces whose members embed themselves in the Palestinian community, gathering intelligence and preventing terror…

John McCain, senator who made human rights and Israel central to his foreign policy, dies at 81

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. John McCain, who made human rights and Israel centerpieces of his advocacy for a robust U.S. influence across the planet, has died.

The Arizona Republican died Saturday at the family ranch in Sedona, Arizona, one day after declining further treatment for brain cancer. He was 81.

“With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” a statement from his office said. “At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

Never-Trump Republicans and not a few Democrats during the campaign and presidency of…