Tag: Israel

Their troubled brother wandered into Gaza. Now his Ethiopian-Israeli family wants US help to get him back.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ilan Mengistu knows his pitch to rescue his brother, Avera, should be a no-brainer to Jews — “pidyon shvuyim,” the redemption of the hostage, is among the greatest of commandments.

But Mengistu also knows that the story he has to tell is not the straightforward narrative longed for by those who would do good: Avera was not a soldier, nor was he captured exactly. He crossed into the Gaza Strip of his own volition.

Mengistu came to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., last week with his mother to raise awareness of the plight of…

Uganda is 100th outpost for Chabad-Lubavitch

(JTA) — Uganda has become the 100th country to have a Chabad-Lubavitch outpost.

Rabbi Moishe and Yocheved Raskin established the Chabad of Uganda in the capital city of Kampala in October, it was announced Sunday at the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in New York. The couple moved from Israel with their young son, Menachem Mendel.

Chabad has been in contact with the Jewish community of Uganda since at least 1999, including sending the organization’s Roving Rabbis there in summers and for Jewish holidays.

At the weekend conference, which Chabad calls the largest Jewish gathering in North America, some…

Roger Waters responds to Aussie singer: Boycott of Israel ‘isn’t about music – it’s about human rights’

(JTA) — Roger Waters responded to criticism from Australian singer Nick Cave over the former Pink Floyd frontman’s prominent advocacy of an artists’ boycott of Israel, telling him it “isn’t about music – it’s about human rights.”

Cave and his band, The Bad Seeds, played to sold-out crowds on Sunday and Monday in Tel Aviv.

Prior to his concerts, Cave told a news conference that he was performing in Israel to take a stand against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, or BDS.

He took a dig at Waters, saying, “If you play Israel, you have to go…

The Trump administration says it wants to shut down the PLO mission. Now what?

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In 1987, Congress passed legislation that declared there would never be an office of the Palestine Liberation Organization on U.S. soil. President Ronald Reagan agreed and signed the law.

Seven years later the law was still on the books. But that year the PLO opened an office in Washington — with the blessing of Congress and President Bill Clinton.

Since then, a PLO office has remained in the U.S. capital, navigating a persistent anomaly: The 1987 law officially bans the existence of a PLO office, but it remains open as long as the Palestinians…

Aussie singer Nick Cave: BDS pressure made me perform in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Australian singer Nick Cave said he is performing in Israel to take a stand against BDS, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Cave and his band, The Bad Seeds, played to a sold-out crowd Sunday night in Tel Aviv — his first appearance on an Israeli stage in 20 years. His scheduled Monday night performance also is sold out.

At a news conference Sunday ahead of his concert, Cave said he decided to schedule a performance in Israel after being asked to sign on to a list of artists who pledged not to perform…