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Poland defies US, Israel by signing law 'whitewashing' Holocaust

(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...

 

Debate over Polish Holocaust law prompts an anti-Semitic media backlash

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)-Debate over a Polish law that proposes to outlaw rhetoric blaming Poland for Nazi crimes has prompted a wave of anti-Semitic comments in the Polish media. RMF, one of the largest...

 

JCC bomb hoaxer briefly escapes Israeli police custody

(JTA)—The American-Israeli man charged with making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States, including The Roth Family JCC in Maitland, and elsewhere briefly escaped from police custody in Israel. The computer...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 16, 2018 

Why is Ireland the most anti-Israel country in Europe?

(JNS)-The Irish and Jewish people share a common history of suffering cruel persecution and achieving national redemption against immeasurable odds. But today, modern Ireland is one of Europe's...

 

Germany recognizes Algerian Jews as Holocaust survivors

NEW YORK (JTA)-Nearly 80 years after being persecuted by the Nazi-allied Vichy French government, some 25,000 elderly Algerian Jews are being recognized for the first time as Holocaust survivors by th...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    February 16, 2018 

Everyone loved this French-Muslim singer's Leonard Cohen cover-Then they read her Facebook posts

(JTA)-In a deeply divided nation that is still reeling from a toxic presidential election last spring, as well as jihadist and racist attacks, Mennel Ibtissem's performances offered a rare vision of...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Republican Jewish Coalition chairman says its members are ‘thrilled’ with Trump (JTA)—The chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition said its members are “thrilled” about the performance of President Donald Trump, especially with his...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    February 16, 2018 

Poland isn't the only country trying to police what can be said about the Holocaust

(JTA)-In 2015, Ukraine's president signed a law whose critics say stifles debate on the historical record of World War II and whitewashes local perpetrators of the Holocaust. Law 2538-1 criminalized...

 

PACE to Palestinians-stop funding terror

A Knesset delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was successful in softening the language of a resolution denouncing the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Israeli construction in the “occupied...

 

Poles: 'We did not kill Jews'

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)-The Polish Senate passed legislation that criminalizes accusing the Polish state of the crimes committed by the Germans during World War II. The amendment to the Act on the Instit...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 9, 2018

In the State of the Union, Trump vows to punish countries that criticized his Jerusalem decision

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass a law that would extend foreign assistance only to “friendly” nations, a dig at the countries that voted in the United Nations to censure the United States for recognizing...

 

Polish Holocaust bill may have 'repercussions'

(JTA)—The U.S. Embassy in Poland said it was “concerned about the repercussions” for bilateral relations after the Polish Senate passed legislation that criminalizes accusing the Polish state of the crimes committed by the Germans during World...

 

Louvre puts Nazi-looted art on display in bid to find owners

(JTA)—The Louvre Museum in Paris has put 31 Nazi-looted paintings on permanent display in an attempt to find their rightful owners. The works were installed in two showrooms last month, The Associated Press reported. Some 296 Nazi-looted paintings...

 

Polish TV host mocks Jewish critics of new law by suggesting use of term 'Jewish death camps'

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)—The debate over a Polish law that would criminalize the use of the term “Polish death camps” in referring to Auschwitz and other sites took a nasty turn when a television host joked that they should be called “Jewish...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Republican Party in Illinois rejects Holocaust denier nominee for Congress (JTA)—A Holocaust denier, anti-Semite and white supremacist is about to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat. Arthur Jones, a perennial...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    February 9, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: 5 Jewish storylines to watch

(JTA)-The world is about to revolve around PyeongChang, a mountainous county in the northern half of South Korea, for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Jewish fans won't have quite as many standout athlet...

 

Pence concludes Israel trip with 'inspiring' Western Wall visit

(JNS)-Vice President Mike Pence concluded his trip to Israel on Tuesday with a private visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Pence arrived at the holy site with a black...

 

Vice President Pence's address at a special session of Knesset

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday addressed the Knesset, Israel's parliament, affirming the US' support for the Jewish state, for Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and for Israel's security. The...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 2, 2018

Mike Pence's faith drives his support for Israel-does it drive Mideast policy?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-When Mike Pence moved to Washington earlier this year, he and his wife took with them a framed phrase they had for years hung over their fireplace in their Indiana home, and then...

 
 By Aryeh Savir    News    February 2, 2018

Israel slams Abbas for Holocaust-denying speech

Israel’s leadership took Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to task on Monday over his hate-filled speech in which he denied Israel’s right to exist and wished President Donald Trump that his “house should be destroyed.” Abbas on Sunday...

 

In Austrian jail, Holocaust historian indicts the country for how it handles looted Jewish property

VIENNA (JTA)-If Stephan Templ's trial and imprisonment in Austria were meant to silence his criticism of the country's Holocaust restitution system, then his prosecution was clearly a failure. Templ...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Western Wall rabbi apologizes to female reporter for discriminatory treatment during Pence visit JERUSALEM (JTA)—The rabbi of the Western Wall sent a letter of apology to the editor of the Israeli business daily Globes for the discriminatory...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    January 26, 2018

Major Jewish organizations back Israel's BDS entry ban, barred group calls it 'bullying'

Leaders of several major American Jewish organizations have told JNS that they are supporting the Israeli government's decision to prevent the entry of foreign citizens who promote boycotts of...

 
 By Aryeh Savir    News    January 26, 2018

Palestinians declare Oslo Accords null and void, withdraw recognition of Israel

The Palestinians have announced an escalation of their diplomatic actions against Israel through the annulment of the Oslo peace accords and withdrawal of their recognition of Israel. The Palestinian...

 

US cuts $65M in Palestinian aid

In a letter, the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment to the body. The letter also makes clear that additional U.S. donations will be...

 

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