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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    December 6, 2019 

Holocaust rescuer gets a surprise 100th birthday party in Poland

(JTA)-The day after he turned 100, Jozef Walaszczyk prepared to attend yet another Holocaust commemoration ceremony in his native Warsaw. Walaszczyk is Poland's oldest living Righteous Among the...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Muslim woman deflects anti-Semitic tirade against man and young sons in London By Marcy Oster (JTA)—A Muslim woman wearing a hijab confronted a man on an Underground train in London who was verbally attacking a man and his sons, who were wearing...

 

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California Democrats vote down ‘highly flawed anti-Israel’ amendment to party platform By Marcy Oster (JTA)—California Democrats voted down an amendment to their party platform that called for the right of return for Palestinians and...

 

UN condemnation: Israel 8; world 0

GENEVA, Nov. 15, 2019—A United Nations General Assembly committee today adopted eight resolutions that single out or condemn Israel, and zero on the entire rest of the world. The texts condemn Israel for “repressive measures” against...

 

Jordan reclaims farmland

(JTA)—Jordan reclaimed two pieces of land leased by Israel as part of a 1994 peace agreement. King Abdullah II announced Sunday that Jordan would “impose our full sovereignty on every inch” of the properties known in Jordan as Ghumar and...

 

How Ukraine's bloody 2014 revolution affected Jews

(JTA)-Ukraine is in the news now for its ties to the Trump impeachment scandal, but this year also marks the fifth anniversary of a turbulent revolution that roiled the country and ousted its...

 

In Ukraine, aid for needy Jews comes with a catch

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA)—Alina Feoktistova always knew she was Jewish, but the first time she sought contact with the community was to see if it could pay her tuition. Feoktistova’s family couldn’t afford to send her to college, but the local...

 

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Virginia House will have its first female and first Jewish speaker By Marcy Oster (JTA)—The Virginia House of Delegates will have its first female and first Jewish speaker. The current minority leader, Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn, 55, of Fairfax...

 

Brazilian Jews slam magazine that likened Jewish politician to Hitler's propaganda mastermind

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)—Several Brazilian Jewish groups are condemning a magazine news article that likened a local Jewish senior politician to Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Istoe magazine published on Friday an article titled...

 

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Hasidic Jews chased and punched in series of attacks in Brooklyn’s Borough Park By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Several identifiably Jewish men and boys were attacked in a string of assaults in the Borough Park community of Brooklyn on the same night....

 

Sister of Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia: 'She's losing it'

(JTA)-In August, Liad Goldberg visited her sister in a Russian jail. It had been four months since Naama Issachar had been arrested at a Moscow airport while on a layover and accused of drug smuggling...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 8, 2019

Israeli embassies increase security over fears of Iran attack

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli embassies around the world have increased security and awareness over fears that Iran will attack Israel by targeting a diplomatic mission on foreign soil. The diplomatic missions have been put on high alert and ordered to...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 8, 2019

Oslo City Council bans purchase of Israeli settlement

(JTA)—The recently elected Oslo City Council is getting right to work: The Norwegian lawmakers are banning the purchase of goods and services from Israeli Jewish settlements by municipal departments and other local authorities. It is the sixth...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 8, 2019

Jared Kushner appears to back Israeli unity government

(JTA)—Jared Kushner, the point man on the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, appeared to endorse a unity government between Israel’s two largest parties. In a rare interview Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and...

 

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US marks 25 years of peace treaty between Jordan and Israel By Marcy Oster (JTA)—The United States marked the 25th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. “Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 8, 2019

Bernie Sanders: Some US aid money to Israel should go to Gaza

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders earned cheers at J Street’s annual conference when he said some of the money Israel receives from the United States for defense assistance should go to humanitarian relief in the...

 

The last Jews in Afghanistan argued so much the Taliban kicked them out of prison

(JTA)-As the old saying goes, two Jews, three opinions. Add one headache for the Taliban. Meet Zabulon Simentov, 66, who is believed to be the last remaining Jew in Afghanistan. Emran Feroz recently p...

 

A new book takes readers on a journey through Jewish Latin America

MEXICO CITY (JTA)-More than 10 years ago, Ilan Stavans scandalized language purists of the Spanish-speaking world by translating a chapter of "Don Quixote"-into Spanglish.  Since then, the so-called...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 1, 2019

Teen who threatened Jewish boy arrested

(JTA)—A teenage boy in Victoria, Australia that allegedly sent threatening messages to a Jewish boy who had been forced to kiss the shoe of a Muslim student and to his mother has been charged for the threats. The boy, 16, was arrested by Victoria...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Israeli soldier injured by rock during clashes with residents of Yitzhar settlement By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—An Israeli soldier was hit and injured with a rock during clashes with residents of the northern West Bank settlement of Yitzhar....

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 25, 2019

'Entry of radical Islamist forces into northern Syria is disturbing,' ex-Israeli intelligence official says

(JNS)—Israel has been closely monitoring Turkey’s brutal offensive against the Kurds in northeast Syria in recent days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the Turkish invasion on Oct. 10, stating that Israel “warns against the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    October 25, 2019

Thousands march in Berlin against anti-Semitism

(JTA)—More than 10,000 people marched in Berlin against anti-Semitism and in a show of support for the victims of anti-Semitic violence in the city of Halle. The march on Sunday left from Bebelplatz, significant as a site of Nazi book-burning, to...

 

93-year-old Albanian who rescued Jews to be honored in Poland

(JTA)-A Muslim man from Albania who saved Jews during the Holocaust will attend an event in Poland honoring rescuers from across Europe. Xhemal Veseli, 93, who is among a handful of Muslim rescuers...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    October 25, 2019

Israeli researchers at forefront of fight against breast cancer

TEL AVIV—About 2.1 million women worldwide developed breast cancer in 2018, according to the World Health Organization. Last year also saw some 627,000 fatalities due to breast cancer—nearly all because their cancer had spread to distant organs....

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Fliers with anti-Jewish and anti-Israel messages left on cars in New Jersey township By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Fliers with what police described as anti-Israel and anti-Jewish messages were left on cars parked near a restaurant and movie theater in...

 

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