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  • Trump trashes Bloomberg on Twitter, calls him ‘little’

    (JTA) — Donald Trump lashed out against former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Twitter, calling him “little” and terming his mayoral stint a “disaster.” The Republican presidential nominee took aim at Bloomberg, who is 5′ 8″, on Friday morning, two days after Bloomberg said at the Democratic National Convention that Trump is “a risky, reckless, and…

  • Golan Druze leader disputes UN statement on ‘hardship of Israeli occupation’

    (JTA) — A leader of the Druze population of the Golan Heights disputed the assertion of a United Nations committee that accused Israel of imposing economic and social hardships on his community. Dulan abu-Saleh, the mayor of Majdal Shams, the largest Druze town in the Golan, told Makor Rishon that the U.N. Economic and Social Council’s recent…

  • In custody in Israel, fugitive rabbi indicted for sexual assault

    (JTA) — A rabbi who was extradited back to Israel from South Africa was indicted for several sexual assaults, including of a teenage girl. Rabbi Eliezer Berland, 79, was arrested in April in Johannesburg and extradited to Israel earlier this month prior to his indictment at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Friday, Army Radio reported. Berland,…

  • French teacher investigated for sharing anti-Semitism with students

    (JTA) — The French education ministry began investigating a Parisian high school teacher who on Facebook allegedly shared with her students anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, complained to the ministry about the teacher earlier this week, according to a report Thursday in the group’s newsletter. It did not name the female…

  • Pope Francis pays silent but ‘important’ visit to Auschwitz

    (JTA) — Pope Francis visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau former Nazi death camp in Poland, in what the World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said was an “important signal to the world.” On Friday, The Associated Press reported, the pope prayed in silent contemplation before meeting Holocaust survivors in front of the death wall where the Nazis summarily…

  • Jewish Agency 2016 interim report shows 32-point drop in French aliyah

    (JTA) – Jewish immigration from France to Israel decreased by 32 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to the corresponding period last year. The decrease in French immigration is part of a 10-point drop in overall Jewish immigration to Israel, or aliyah, according to a Jewish Agency for Israel interim report obtained by…

  • Jewish intern’s alleged killer to be released following retrial

    (JTA) — Prosecutors dropped their case against a man granted a retrial after being convicted of killing congressional intern Chandra Levy in 2001. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Washington asked a judge to dismiss charges against Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant who was found guilty in 2010 of first-degree murder of Chandra Levy, whose death contributed…

  • Belgian tennis player to Jewish opponent: ‘All of you should have been gassed’

    (JTA) — A Belgian tennis club suspended a player who told a Jewish competitor on the court, “All of you should have been gassed.” Alain Verlaak made the remark to a Maccabi player at the Tennis 7th Olympics club in Antwerp on July 22, the Belgian monthly Joods Actueel reported Tuesday. The incident occurred during a tournament…

  • Scottish Jews feeling more uncomfortable, less safe in their country

    (JTA) – Jews in Scotland are feeling greater unease living in their country over the past few years, according to a report by the main Jewish umbrella group there. In the report released Wednesday by the Scottish Council of Jewish communities, or ScoJeC, nearly one-third of the 300 respondents to a survey filled out after…

  • Polish court upholds controversial restitution law

    (JTA) — A constitutional court in Poland rejected a motion to scrap a law that critics say is preventing restitution of property that once belonged to Jewish families in Warsaw. The Polish Constitutional Tribunal on Wednesday gave its ruling on a review requested by the World Jewish Restitution Organization, or WJRO, which challenged the constitutionality of…