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Survivors, grieving parents of slain Florida students confront lawmakers and NRA rep at town hall meeting

(JTA) — The grieving parents of Jewish children killed in the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were among those who lashed out at lawmakers and firearm advocates during a town hall hosted by CNN.

Student survivors of the attack, as well as their teachers and parents, faced off with Florida’s two U.S. senators, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson; the district’s congressman, Rep. Ted Deutch; and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch on Wednesday evening, a week after an expelled Stoneman Douglas student shot his way through the school’s halls using a legally purchased AR-15 assault…

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…

Aly Raisman says Olympic coach ignored complaints about abuse by team doctor

(JTA) — Aly Raisman said her former coach on the U.S. Olympics gymnastics team likely knew but said nothing of molestation allegations against former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Raisman, who is Jewish and the winner of numerous Olympic medals, including several golds, spoke Thursday in an interview with CNN.

“One of my teammates described in graphic detail what Nassar had done to her the night before. And John Geddert was in the car with us and he just didn’t say anything,” she said of the coach.

Raisman said the conversation occurred in 2011 — five years before Nassar was arrested.

Trump: Jerusalem declaration is high point of my time in office

(JTA) – President Donald Trump told an Israeli newspaper that his Dec. 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was the high point of his time in office.

In the Hebrew-language translation of an excerpt from Trump’s interview with Israel Hayom editor-in-chief Boaz Bismuth, Trump said that both Israel and the Palestinians would need to compromise significantly to achieve peace. Trump was replying to a question on whether Israel would have to give something in return for the declaration.

Calling the city “your wonderful capital,” he added that its recognition as Israel’s capital was very important for many people whom Trump…

Polish president signs bill on Holocaust rhetoric, drawing rebuke from US

(JTA) – Polish President Andrzej Duda signed and finalized a law limiting rhetoric about the Holocaust, leading to a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The United States is “disappointed,” Tillerson said Tuesday, following Duda’s final approval of a law introduced on Jan. 26 in the Polish parliament. It prescribes up to six years in prison to anyone who blames the Polish state or nation for crimes the law says were perpetrated exclusively by Nazi Germany during World War II.

The “enactment of this law adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry,” Reuters reported  Tillerson as…