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  • NJ man who fire-bombed rabbi’s home convicted of terrorism

    (JTA) — A 24-year-old New Jersey man was found guilty of terrorism for vandalizing Jewish temples and firebombing a rabbi’s residence four years ago. A jury cleared Anthony Graziano of Lodi, New Jersey of several attempted murder charges and one count of aggravated arson but convicted him of terrorism — the most serious offense — and 19 other charges…

  • Trump: Debating trailing Sanders would be ‘inappropriate’

    (JTA) — Donald Trump said he would not debate Bernie Sanders because it would be “inappropriate” in light of Sanders’ trailing of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary fight. The Republican nominee for president addressed the possibility of debating the Vermont Senator on Friday in a statement, CNN reported. “Based on the fact that the…

  • CRIF’s new president: French Jews’ situation worst since 1945

    (JTA) — French Jews are experiencing the most difficult situation they have encountered since the end of World War II, the newly-elected president of France’s umbrella of Jewish communities said. Francis Kalifat, 64, said Sunday that his first priority as president of CRIF is to fight against the anti-Semitism that he said was responsible for…

  • Russia to return Israeli tank captured by Syria in 1982

    (JTA) — Russia said it will return to Israel a tank that Syrian forces captured in 1982 in a traumatic battle for the Israel Defense Forces that ended with 20 dead and three MIAs. Russian President Vladimir Putin  signed an order to return to Israel the tank from the 1982 Battle of Sultan Yacoub in…

  • Labour readmits activist suspended for blaming slave trade on Jews

    (JTA) — A Labour activist who was suspended from the British party for claiming that Jews were “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade” has been readmitted to its ranks. Jackie Walker, vice-chair of Momentum, a hard-left group loyal to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended earlier this month after her comments were brought…

  • Israel Police: Potentially incriminating fraud evidence on Sara Netanyahu

    (JTA) — A probe into alleged fraud and misuse of public funds at the Israeli prime minister’s residence yielded evidence that police said may support a conviction against Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara. The probe concluded Sunday was initiated last year amid claims that Sara Netanyahu expensed services provided to her family for their private use,…

  • 12 Palestinian arrested for Jerusalem bus bombing

    (JTA) – Police in Israel arrested 12 Palestinians from the Bethlehem area suspected of planning a bus bombing last month in Jerusalem. The arrests took place in recent weeks but were only made public Sunday following the lifting of a gag order on the investigation of the April 18 bombing of bus 12 in Jerusalem, in which…

  • Survey: Majority of Israeli Jews support equality for Reform movement

    (JTA) — Nearly two thirds of Israeli Jewish respondents surveyed said that Reform Judaism deserves rights equal to those afforded to Orthodox Judaism. The Midgam polling agency survey of 500 also showed a 25-percent approval for equality among respondents who defined themselves as religious, the news site nrg reported Thursday. Israel’s predominant Jewish denomination is Orthodox. Though some local…

  • Netanyahu lashes out at media, politicians over alleged gang rape by Palestinians

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for harshly criticizing Israel’s media and political class for not condemning an alleged rape of a young Jewish woman by three Palestinian men, which police say was nationalistically motivated. In a apology posted on his Hebrew-language Facebook page Friday, Netanyahu suggested his critical remarks were premature, and thus “inappropriate.” He explained…

  • Former child actor Corey Feldman says he was molested, friend raped in Hollywood

    (JTA) — Amid reports on pedophilia rings in Hollywood, former child-actor Corey Feldman said he and another boy were molested in their youth by people in show business. Feldman, star of such iconic 1980s movies as “The Goonies,” “Stand by Me” and “The Lost Boys,” said this during an interview published Wednesday with The Hollywood Reporter. “With me, there were…