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 News    May 14, 2021 

Mass grave of Holocaust victims uncovered in Logoza, Belarus

(JNS) — A mass grave of Holocaust victims has been discovered near the village of Logoza in Belarus, the Daily Mail reported on Friday. Photos from the excavation site show that officials uncovered bone remains, full skeletons (some with bullets...

 
 News    May 14, 2021 

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In Jewish Heritage Month proclamation, Biden recognizes Emhoff and Schumer — and the rise of antisemitism By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — In his proclamation marking Jewish American Heritage Month, President Joe Biden cited the precedents set...

 
 By Bette Keva    News    May 7, 2021

A Bosnian War prosecutor from Boston is trying to help Sarajevo's Jews survive a brutal COVID-19 surge

(Jewish Journal-Massachusetts via JTA) - It's been nearly a decade since Phillip Weiner last lived in Sarajevo, where he served as an international war crimes judge. But Weiner has remained in touch...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

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Kerry denies claim he informed Iran of Israeli strikes in Syria (JNS) — U.S. Special Climate Envoy John Kerry on Monday denied allegations that he had discussed covert Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria with Iran’s foreign minister. “I...

 
 By Jacob Judah    News    May 7, 2021

Prestigious Jewish schools in London are shaken by allegations of sexual abuse

LONDON (JTA) — Two of London’s most prestigious Jewish schools are in turmoil after they were implicated on a website for Brits to share their stories of sexual abuse. The website, Everyone’s Invited, launched in March after the disappearance...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 7, 2021

Infuriated by the Sarah Halimi ruling, French Jews decry the state's handling of antisemitism

PARIS (JTA) - A rumble rose from the 20,000 Jewish protesters at Trocadero Square, then exploded into shrill screams. "I don't even know whether to reassure you or cry out my fury," boomed Joel...

 

Warren urges US to explore conditioning aid to Israel

(JNS) — U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged the Biden administration to consider conditioning military aid to Israel in order to help the Jewish state “adjust course.” “We should talk about the elephant in the room—America’s mi...

 

Jewish leaders react to death of Prince Philip, praise his 'affection' for community

(JNS) — Buckingham Palace announced on Friday the death of Prince Philip, 99, the Duke of Edinburgh — husband to Queen Elizabeth and father to Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Leaders of the United Kingdom’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 30, 2021

Two topics at J Street conference: Mahmoud Abbas says he's ready to 'remove obstacles' to relations with USc

(JTA) - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready to "remove obstacles" to renewing U.S.-Israel ties, apparently signaling a willingness to stop the payments to the families of...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    April 30, 2021

Progressive Democrats seek conditions on US aid to Israel, others push back

(JNS) — Speaking at the virtual J Street national conference on Monday, former Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) indicated that they were willing to place conditions on the aid Congress...

 

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Hundreds of Palestinians protest barriers in Jerusalem during Ramadan By Ben Sales (JTA) — Hundreds of Palestinians have been protesting barriers placed in the Old City of Jerusalem during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The protests have...

 

Blinken: US commitment to Israel 'ironclad'

(JNS) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that America's commitment to Israel is "ironclad," and that he, and the Biden administration, supports more normalization agreements. Blinken...

 

Bill to reclaim Holocaust-era unpaid insurance policies

(JNS) — Legislation brought forth in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday would allow insurance beneficiaries to recover billions in unclaimed payments from World War II. The Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2021 was re-introduced by Rep. Debbie...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 23, 2021

UNRWA commits to 'zero tolerance' for anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Days after resuming U.S. funding for the troubled U.N. agency that administers to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, the Biden administration says it has the commitment of UNRWA to “zero tolerance” for...

 

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Julian Edelman announces retirement By Marc Brodsky (JTA) — Julian Edelman, the New England Patriots wide receiver who has shown his Jewish pride on a number of occasions, will retire following a stellar 11-year career in which he won Most...

 

Prince Philip dies at 99

(JTA) - Prince Philip, perhaps the closest member of the British royal family to Jews and Jewish causes, has died at 99. Buckingham Palace announced his death on Friday, April 9. Philip, who had been...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 16, 2021

US and Iran to join talks aimed at rejoining nuclear deal

(JTA) — Iran and the United States will join talks in Vienna next week that aim to return all parties to the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. There will not be direct contact between Iran and the United States at the in-person meeting, accordin...

 

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UPenn refuses to reschedule commencement ceremony on Shavuot (JNS) — The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia said it will not move the date of its commencement ceremony, which is set to take place during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot,...

 
 By Stephen Silver    News    April 9, 2021

PBS postpones debut of 'Til Kingdom Come' documentary on evangelicals and Israel for 'editorial review'

(JTA) — PBS has decided to postpone airing the documentary “Til Kingdom Come,” which examines the close relationship between American evangelicals and Israel, in the light of accusations that the film misleadingly spliced together two separate...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 9, 2021

Vaccine passports are being compared to yellow Stars of David from the Holocaust

(JTA) — Political activists, including Rep. Madison Cawthorn and the ambassador to Germany under Donald Trump, are comparing the idea of “vaccine passports” to Nazi Germany, with many invoking the yellow Stars of David that Nazis forced Jews...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 9, 2021

Steven Spielberg to donate his Genesis Prize winnings

(JTA) — Steven Spielberg is donating his Genesis Prize earnings to Jewish and non-Jewish groups working to promote racial and economic justice. The prize’s foundation on Thursday announced that the film director would double the $1 million prize...

 

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Israeli cargo ship hit by missile near Yemen in suspected Iranian attack By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli-owned cargo ship was struck by a missile in the Arabian Sea in a suspected Iranian attack, an Israeli security official said. The ship...

 

Jewish tennis star Diego Schwartzman wins first home title in Argentina Open

(JNS) — Argentinian Jewish tennis player Diego Schwartzman won the Argentina Open on Sunday and claimed his first ATP Tour title in his home country. The 28-year-old from Buenos Aire beat fellow countryman Francisco Cerundolo with a 6-1, 6-2 victor...

 
 By Melanie Phillips    News    April 2, 2021

Christian leaders remain silent as the church recycles its oldest hatred

(JNS) - The World Council of Churches has gone full theological incitement against the State of Israel. In a recent Zoom webinar with more than 300 Christian activists to promote a film about the...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 2, 2021

How CUFI has awakened the 'sleeping giant' of Christian Zionism

(JNS) - As the World Council of Churches goes full throttle against Israel, Christians United for Israel, one of the most powerful voices for Israel in the United States, marked its 15th anniversary....

 

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