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Soccer Club Real Madrid Honors Activist Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi

(JTA) — A popular Spanish soccer club honored activist Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi.

Real Madrid welcomed the teen at their home stadium of Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday before they were scheduled to play a match against local club Atletico Madrid. The team presented her with a Real Madrid jersey with her first name printed on the back.

She was accompanied by her father. The visit, preceded by a visit to France, included several political events where Ahed was scheduled to speak on “the Palestinian resistance movement” and her experiences in Israeli prison.

Early in…

US Cuts $10 Million for Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence Programs

(JTA) — The United States has cut $10 million of foreign aid money that was supporting coexistence programs between Israelis and Palestinians.

It is believed to have been the last remaining U.S. aid for Palestinian civilians.

The cuts were first reported Friday in The New York Times.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has frozen $25 million in funding to Palestinian hospitals in eastern Jerusalem, halted all funding to the UNRWA, United Nations refugee agency that aids Palestinians, and cut more than $200 million for humanitarian and development aid in the West Bank and Gaza.

The portion of the money involving…

Sheldon Adelson Sees Casino Opportunities in North Korea

(JTA) — Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson hopes to “open up his business” in North Korea if President Donald Trump can end the longstanding military conflict between the rogue country and its southern neighbor.

Adelson, the longtime Jewish and Republican megadonor, made the comment late last month at an event organized by Taglit-Birthright Israel in Jerusalem, according to a report in Casino News Daily.

Adelson, who pitched in heavily to Trump’s 2016 campaign, said he hopes the president helps “North and South Korea finish the war.”

Kim Jong Un visited Adelson’s Marina Bay Sands…

Sacha Baron Cohen Teases New Show with Video of Dick Cheney Signing a ‘Waterboard Kit’

Dick Cheney actually signed a “waterboard kit,” or jug of water, on Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming show. (Twitter)

(JTA) — Sacha Baron Cohen is coming back to TV, and he’s teasing his new show in an intriguing way: by telling us all it involves an interview with Dick Cheney.

That’s not the only eye-opening detail, however: In a video Cohen shared Sunday on Twitter, the former vice president happily signs what the comedian calls…

Muslim Democratic Congressional Candidate Calls Israel ‘Apartheid Regime’

Ilhan Omar, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, speaking at a Hillary for Minnesota event at the University of Minnesota, October 2016. (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)

(JTA) — A Somali-American congressional candidate running for the Democratic nomination in Minnesota called Israel  “the apartheid Israeli regime.”

Ilhan Omar’s tweet came in response to accusations that a tweet she wrote in 2012, accusing Israel of “evil doings,” amounts to anti-Semitism.

In an interview with ABC News for a segment titled…