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  • These Jewish summer camps are proud to be basic

    (JTA) — In the summer of 2010, with just hours to go before campers arrived for the first day of the first season of Eden Village Camp, director Yoni Stadlin got some bad news from the health department: A procedural issue had delayed the issuance of a permit and the camp could not open as…

  • 6 wounded in attack in Petach Tikvah

    (JTA) — Six people were wounded in a shooting and stabbing attack in the central Israeli city of Petach Tikvah. Israeli police said a 19-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank opened fire Thursday afternoon near an outdoor market, CNN reported. One person reportedly was stabbed in the commotion. The alleged assailant was arrested at the…

  • FBI investigating anti-Jewish email to University of Michigan students

    (JTA) — The FBI is investigating a series of mass emails sent to students at the University of Michigan threatening violence against Jews and blacks. Three emails were sent Tuesday night to students in the university’s computer science and engineering program, according to news reports. One of the emails, with the subject line “Jewish Student Diversity,”…

  • Pope Francis meets ADL delegation, condemns anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Pope Francis, meeting a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League, denounced “widespread” anti-Semitism. Francis met with the delegation Thursday at the Vatican, according to a report from Vatican Radio. “Sadly, anti-Semitism, which I again denounce in all its forms as completely contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person, is still…

  • 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…