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 By Faygie Holt    News    January 14, 2022 

British publisher scraps book that replaced Israel with 'Palestine' in Mideast map

(JNS) — The British publisher of a children’s book about strong Middle Eastern women that included a map of the region with “Palestine” in place of Israel has removed the title from its website after complaints from pro-Israel groups. Author...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 14, 2022 

Spain and Portugal have naturalized more than 90,000 descendants of Sephardic Jews since 2015

(JTA) — At least 90,000 descendants of Sephardic Jews have become citizens of Portugal or Spain since 2015, when those countries passed laws offering a naturalization process for such applicants, according to the most updated information data from...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    January 14, 2022 

Lebanon faces dim future as Hezbollah holds the country hostage

(JNS) — As Lebanon’s citizens deal with a collapsing economy and a paralyzed government, murmurings of dissatisfaction with Hezbollah, Iran’s terror proxy in Beirut, have begun to surface. But experts say it is unrealistic to believe...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    January 14, 2022 

Portugal to digitally process citizenship applications of Jewish descendants

(JNS) — A new procedure through which Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin can apply for Portuguese citizenship is expected to eliminate cumbersome paperwork by going digital. Portugal has taken an active role in fostering Jewish life since 2015,...

 

Josephine Baker visits Israel in 1954 in footage available in the Israel Film Archive.

After US pushback, Israel is reportedly reviewing its close ties with China By Jordyn Haime (JTA) — Israel has pledged to keep the Biden administration in the loop on major deals with China and would reconsider those deals if the United States...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 7, 2022

150,000 Holocaust survivors to receive $200M

(JTA) — About 150,000 Jewish victims of Nazi persecution are set to receive emergency funding of approximately $1,400 per person from Germany in the coming days, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The funds,...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    January 7, 2022

Israeli apartheid comparison spurs call for 'moral clarity' in weighing Desmond Tutu's legacy

(JNS) — As tributes from across the globe poured in earlier this week following the passing of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, many Israel supporters note the paradox of a man they say fought a heroic battle against apartheid in South... Full story

 

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Amar’e Stoudemire says he’s ready for a ‘shidduch’ and to remarry By Shira Hanau (JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire told his Instagram followers recently that he’s looking for a new partner, saying he’s ready for a “shidduch.” “Shidduch...

 

Leaders at Kyiv Jewish Forum warn against rising antisemitism

(JNS) - Ukrainian, Israeli, American and European leaders joined together online on Dec. 15-16 for the third-annual Kyiv Jewish Forum to discuss the historic relations between the Jewish and...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 31, 2021

Billoo continues attacks on 'Zionists' as she goes on sabbatical

(JTA) — A Muslim civil rights leader who stirred outrage when she said “polite Zionists” like Jewish federations “are not your friends” continued her critique of “Zionists” as she announced that she is going on a sabbatical. “I am...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 31, 2021

In reset to pre-Trump norm, State Department terrorism report includes extensive reporting on West Bank settler violence

(JTA) — The U.S. State Department has included extensive reporting on West Bank settler attacks on Palestinians in its annual terrorism report, a sign of how seriously the Biden administration is treating the phenomenon. The 2020 report on...

 

Abraham Accords impact

DUBAI — As dozens of Jewish organizations plan delegations to the United Arab Emirates following the signing of the Abraham Accords, Visions of Abraham, a nonprofit working to create and promote educational initiatives relating to interfaith...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 31, 2021

Sections of lost Torah scroll reappear in a German town 83 years after Kristallnacht disappearance

BERLIN (JTA) - A German Protestant minister has handed over segments of a long lost Torah scroll to the city of Görlitz in southeast Germany, 83 years after his father, a town policeman, came into...

 

Chile's next president, Gabriel Boric, has spurned ties with Chilean Jews over Israel

( JTA ) - Gabriel Boric, a 35-year-old left-wing lawmaker who has been sharply critical of Israel and Chilean Jews who support it, was elected president of Chile in a landslide victory this weekend. B...

 

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Israel’s controversial Oscar submission gets snubbed on the 2022 Academy shortlist By Tom Tugend LOS ANGELES (JTA) — There was no holiday cheer for Israel’s filmmakers in the shortlists for the 2022 Academy Awards. The country’s official...

 

Swiss-Jewish artist wants museum to take down her paintings

(JTA) - A Swiss-Jewish artist has asked the Zurich Art Museum to return her paintings due to concerns that the museum features works bought for below-market prices from Jewish refugees in dire...

 

Hundreds rally against anti-Jewish coverage by BBC following bus incident

(JNS) — As many as 250 Britons stood outside of the headquarters of the publicly funded British Broadcasting Corporation in London on Monday night to demand that it take accountability for...

 
 By David Isaac    News    December 24, 2021

Bennett's visit to UAE sends 'strong signal' amid faltering talks over Iran's nuclear program

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed at his private palace in Abu Dhabi on Monday in the first official visit by an Israeli premier to the United Arab Emirates. The growing economic ties...

 

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UK lawmaker apologizes for evoking Nazi Germany in debate over COVID measures By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A lawmaker from the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party apologized for evoking Nazi Germany while criticizing restrictive measures meant to...

 

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German broadcaster will probe antisemitism allegations against Arabic-language staff By Asaf Shalev (JTA) — A German government-owned news broadcaster has launched an investigation into a report that four of its employees and one freelancer made...

 

Dutch Party calls Holocaust commemoration racist

The Netherlands’ far-Left BIJ1 party has called for the cancelation of the country’s annual Holocaust commemoration ceremony, calling the event “inherently racist,” according to a Dutch report picked up by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “Th...

 

Iran stalls talks as it ups ante

(JNS) — European diplomats said on Tuesday that if Iran does not demonstrate seriousness in nuclear negotiations with world powers this week, there will be a problem. Andrea Stricker, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 10, 2021

Kosher food ban on campus

(JTA) — After an outcry and a rebuke from the University of Toronto president, the student union at a satellite campus modified a proposed ban on kosher foods in any way affiliated with Israel, but a campus Jewish campus group said the change made...

 

German parties vow to defend Jewish life and Israel's security

MUNICH (JTA) — Three political parties in Germany presented a coalition agreement which reiterated commitments to ensure Israel’s security and fight antisemitism and, for the first time, also pledged to promote Jewish life. The agreement, whose...

 

Bennett: 'window of opportunity for different toolkit' against Iran

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that his government’s goal is to “utilize the window of opportunity” between rounds of the nuclear talks in Vienna to tell Washington that the time has come for a “different...

 

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