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Mayim Bialik makes a Facebook pitch to light an Independence Day torch in Israel

(JTA) — Actress Mayim Bialik wants to light a torch on Mount Herzl for Independence Day.

For the second year in a row, one of the 12 torches lit by important Israelis at the annual Independence Day ceremony to open the 24-hour celebration will be reserved for a member of Diaspora Jewry.

Last year the Diaspora torch was lit jointly by Michael Steinhardt, co-founder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, and Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Names swirling around for this year include Bialik, Ivanka Trump and Alan Dershowitz.

The Diaspora Affairs Ministry put out a call for…

Polish nationalist lawmaker defends receiving medal from Hezbollah leader

(JTA) — A Polish right-wing lawmaker defended his meeting in Lebanon with leaders of Hezbollah, who gave him a medal.

Paweł Skutecki of the anti-establishment Kukiz’15 party met on Monday with Mohammad Raad, the head of the parliamentary faction representing the Shiite militia in the Lebanese lower house.

Dismissing critics who said Hezbollah was a terrorist group with an anti-Semitic agenda, Skutecki said of Raad, “He is a respected lawmaker, head of the Hezbollah group, with whom the world’s most important leaders meet.” Skutecki said the critics were “puppets of puppets operated by puppeteers.”

Klaudia Klimek, a political activist…

Is Israel in a precarious place? Tel Aviv display expresses one artist’s feelings.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A political art installation placed on display overnight in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square shows an Israeli flag leaning to the side and about to fall over.

The installation that appeared on Monday morning reportedly is meant to signify Israel’s current precarious position, the artist told Israeli media.

The art installation “expresses what everyone feels, as well as the current state of the country,” Itay Zalait, 37, said in a statement.

“The flag is not in its proper and upright state, but in an interim situation: some of the citizens feel that everything is good, it has…

Ruderman Foundation pulls video criticizing Poland’s Holocaust law

(JTA) – The Ruderman Family Foundation, an American Jewish philanthropic organization, has removed a video from YouTube that criticizes Poland’s new law on rhetoric about the Holocaust.

The video posted Wednesday morning was part of a campaign urging the United States to suspend its ties with Poland over the law that criminalizes blaming the Polish nation or state for Nazi crimes.

The video shows men, women and children saying “Polish Holocaust,” which is supposed to be in defiance of the law passed by Poland earlier this month. In one scene a man is seen standing in a bar holding…

Former Netanyahu confidant agrees to turn state’s evidence in corruption investigation

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A former civil servant and confidant of Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state’s evidence that could incriminate the prime minister in a corruption investigation.

Shlomo Filber, the suspended director general of the Ministry of Communications, agreed in exchange for a lighter sentence to provide police with information about Netanyahu’s part in the so-called Case 4000, which alleges that Shaul Elovitch, majority shareholder of Bezeq, received political favors for the Israeli telecommunications giant in return for favorable coverage of Netanyahu on the Walla! news website owned by the company.

Filber was arrested Sunday along with other company…