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  • Suspect arrested in Chicago synagogue vandalism

    (JTA) — A 31-year-old man was arrested and charged with a hate crime for allegedly breaking a window and posting a swastika on a Chicago synagogue. Stuart Wright was arrested Tuesday in connection with the vandalism at the Chicago Loop Synagogue over the weekend. The synagogue’s windows were smashed early Saturday morning and copies of…

  • Israel immigration authority apologizes for questioning of New Israel Fund leader

    (JTA) — The agency that manages Israel’s border crossings apologized for any “anguish” caused by the questioning and detention of a leader of the New Israel Fund at Ben Gurion Airport. The Population and Immigration Authority said Thursday that its interim director general, Amnon Shmueli, had spoken to the New Israel Fund’s president after the group’s…

  • Islamic State-linked group claims responsibility for Eilat rocket attack

    (JTA) — An affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat. The Sinai Province group, which pledged its allegiance to ISIS in 2014, said Thursday it was responsible for the firing of four rockets from the Egyptian-controlled Sinai peninsula into Israel. Three of the rockets…

  • Jewish immigration group HIAS files suit against Trump refugee ban

    (JTA) — The Jewish resettlement agency HIAS has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees. The complaint, filed Tuesday by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union in U.S. District Court in Maryland, alleges that the order violates the Constitution by discriminating against one religion and favoring others….

  • Steve Bannon compared Occupy protesters to Nazi Brownshirts in 2012

    (JTA) — Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s senior strategist, compared left-wing protesters to Nazi Brownshirts in 2012. In interviews to promote his film “Occupy Unmasked,” Bannon made several comments likening the Occupy Wall Street protests against income inequality and financial industry predation to the actions of Nazi paramilitaries, CNN reported. “The Occupy movement is really a…

  • Republicans block House vote on resolution slamming White House Holocaust statement

    (JTA) — House Republicans blocked a Democratic effort to vote on a resolution slamming the White House for its International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that did not specifically mention Jews. Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., sought to force a vote Tuesday on a resolution he introduced last week emphasizing that the Nazis targeted Jews during the…

  • Tzvetan Todorov, literary critic who studied moral aspects of the Holocaust, dies at 77

    (JTA) — Tvetan Todorov, a Bulgaria-born literary theorist who wrote about moral issues during the Holocaust, has died. Todorov died Tuesday in Paris from multiple system atrophy, a progressive brain disorder, according to media reports. He was 77. Todorov published a number of studies about the Holocaust. In “Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the…

  • Colorado family files civil rights complaint over teen’s anti-Semitic harassment at school

    (JTA) — A Jewish eighth-grader in Colorado filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education over allegations of anti-Semitic harassment. The department’s Office of Civil Rights reportedly is investigating charges that Isabella Grunspan has been subjected to harassment because she is Jewish, local news agencies reported. Grunspan, a student at West Jefferson Middle School…

  • 2 US rabbinic leaders ask liberal groups to keep open mind on Trump’s Israel ambassador nominee

    (JTA) — Leaders of New York and New Jersey rabbinic associations called on Jewish liberal groups to keep an open mind concerning President Donald Trump’s choice of ambassador to Israel. In a letter to the leaders of J Street, the liberal pro-Israel lobby, and T’ruah, the rabbinic human rights group, Rabbis David-Seth Kirshner and Elie Weinstock…

  • Betsy DeVos narrowly confirmed as education secretary in historic vote

    (JTA) — Betsy DeVos was confirmed as secretary of education, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaker in a historic 51-50 vote. DeVos, a Michigan billionaire whose advocacy for school choice has led to sweeping changes in the educational landscape in her home state, provoked divergent opinions in the Jewish community. Both the haredi…