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Lana Del Rey says she ‘will be visiting Palestine’ after pushback on Israel concert

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Singer Lana Del Rey said she “will be visiting Palestine” in addition to a planned appearance in Israel following a public relations campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

Earlier this week the American performer announced that she would stick to her decision to perform in Israel in the face of calls for her to boycott the country.

The singer will be appearing at the Meteor Festival in the northern kibbutz of Lehavot Habashan next month. Advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, known as BDS, have urged her to boycott the country in protest of…

Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Responds to His Holocaust Comments

Randi Zuckerberg speaks at the closing plenary of the annual Jewish Funders Network conference in La Jolla, Calif., April 5, 2016. (JTA file photo)

(JTA) — Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, weighed in on his controversial comments about Holocaust deniers on the social media platform.

In a statement provided to CNN, Randi Zuckerberg, who previously served as director of marketing for Facebook and is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media,…

Mark Zuckerberg Clarifies Remarks On Not Deleting Holocaust Denial Posts from Facebook

(JTA) – Mark Zuckerberg clarified remarks he made in an interview published online in which he said that he would not automatically remove Holocaust-denying posts from Facebook.

The remarks by Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, in an interview with tech journalist Kara Swisher published on the Recode website, were widely covered by journalists and debated on social media.

Hours after the interview went live on the Recode Decode podcast and a transcript was published on the website, Zuckerberg sent an email to Swisher to clear up any misconceptions.

“I enjoyed our conversation yesterday, but there’s…

Netanyahu Nixes Controversial ‘Facebook Law’ Allowing Censorship of Social Media

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday when he blocked a vote on a bill that would grant the government far-reaching power to remove or block content from social media sites.

The so-called Facebook Law would delete the content for reasons that include incitement to terrorism without criminal proceeding and without any admissible evidence. Along with Facebook, among the social media outlets that would be covered by the legislation are Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, YouTube and reddit.

Under the bill, a post that violated any section of Israel’s penal code could be removed after an administrative hearing that…

Jerusalem mayor wants to name site near new embassy after Trump

A traffic island located next to the new American embassy in Jerusalem will be named in honor of the United States and President Donald Trump.

The area will be called “United States Square – in honor of President Donald Trump,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced on Tuesday.

“President Trump has decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, to stand on the side of the truth, and to do the right thing,” Barkat said in a statement. “Naming this square in honor of the president is our way of showing our love and respect for the president…