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Swedish county eyeing ban on circumcision

(JTA)—A county in Sweden is moving ahead with plans to ban the nonmedical circumcision of boys, its leading elected official said. Per-Ola Mattsson, the commissioner of Blekinge County, said he will bring up a ban on the practice with the...

 

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European anti-Semitism... Yes. It exists! (What ever happened to "Never Again"? As an example, here are some excerpts from the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) newsletter: HUNGARY-Hungarian Deputy Prime...

 
 By Julie Wiener    News    January 3, 2014

Many U.S. Jewish cemeteries in neglect

NEW YORK (JTA)-For years, the historic Jewish cemetery was so overgrown with weeds, plagued by toppled headstones, and littered with fallen branches, beer cans and snack-food wrappers that at least a...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 3, 2014

In France, quasi-Nazi salute aims to evade long arm of the law

PARIS (JTA)-To outsiders, they seem like ordinary men striking macho poses for the camera. But there is a dark side to the photos that are appearing with growing frequency in the French media. The...

 
 By Israel Hayom    News    January 3, 2014

Shimon Peres: 'We don't consider Iran as an enemy'

"We don't consider Iran as an enemy," Israeli President Shimon Peres told CNN's Richard Quest on Sunday at the Globes Israel Business Conference in Tel Aviv. Asked whether he would be willing to meet...

 

JTA's 2013 news quiz

By JTA Staff (JTA)—So, you think you know what’s going on in the Jewish world? Test just how closely you followed the year’s news (and remember it) with our end-of year-news quiz. 1. Berlin’s Jewish Museum provoked controversy this year...

 

Boycott of Israel prompts two universities to quit American Studies Association

(JNS.org) Brandeis University and Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday announced they have withdrawn from the American Studies Association (ASA) following the ASA membership’s Dec. 15 vote to endorse a boycott of Israel. “We view the recent vote...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

U.S. immigration to Israel drops 13 percent JERUSALEM (JTA)—Immigration to Israel rose slightly in 2013 to 19,200, but that included a significant drop in immigrants from the United States. Last year Israel absorbed 18,940 new immigrants. The most...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    January 3, 2014

Despite rising threats, Iron Dome manufacturer's CEO sleeps well

The security situation in Israel has grown increasingly tense of late, with a spike in terror attacks carried out on numerous fronts, and through various means, by both recognized terror groups and presumed “lone wolf” assailants. But such...

 

How culpable were Dutch Jews in the slave trade?

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA)-On a busy street near the Dutch Parliament, three white musicians in blackface regale passersby with holiday tunes about the Dutch Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, and his...

 

Canada calls for Falk's dismissal

(JNS.org) Canada has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to dismiss its special investigator, Richard Falk, over a recent statement accusing Israel of having “genocidal intentions” against the Palestinians in an interview...

 

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