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  • Marine Le Pen: Ban halal and all ritual slaughter

    (JTA) – Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning. Le Pen, who finished second with 21.5 percent of the vote in the first round of the elections Sunday, made the…

  • Why Marine Le Pen is confident she will be France’s next president

      (JTA) — Supporters of Emmanuel Macron were not alone in cheering his victory Sunday in the first round of France’s presidential elections. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who finished second in the voting, saw it as excellent news. The two will face off in the final round next month after the centrist Macron won 23…

  • French Jews worried over Marine Le Pen’s success in presidential vote’s 1st round

    (JTA) — Leaders of French Jewry had mixed reactions to the success of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French presidential elections. “Satisfaction and concern,” Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, wrote Sunday on Twitter after exit polls showed that Macron, a centrist…

  • Anti-Semitic incidents drop 12% worldwide despite UK surge

    (JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide decreased by 12 percent in 2016 despite a spike in cases in the United Kingdom and the United States, Tel Aviv University’s watchdog on anti-Jewish racism said. The data were published Sunday, on the eve of Israel’s national day of remembrance of the Holocaust, in the annual…

  • Russian chief rabbi says Jews should leave France if Marine Le Pen elected

    (JTA) — Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar called on French Jews to leave their country if the far-right politician Marine Le Pen is elected president next month. Lazar, a Chabad rabbi who was born in Italy and has lived in Russia for 25 years, made the remark on Friday while attending a conference on Jewish…

  • Hungarian opposition calls on government to cancel nuclear pact with Iran

    (JTA) — An opposition party in Hungary urged the government to cancel its recent atomic cooperation deal with Iran over Tehran’s flouting of efforts to limit nuclear weapons and support for Hamas and Hezbollah. The Democratic Coalition, which has 21 of the national parliament’s 199 seats, made its demand following the signing earlier this month…

  • Hungary’s controversial $22 million Holocaust museum enters 3rd year of disuse

    (JTA) — Hungary’s $22 million Holocaust museum, whose construction was completed in 2015, has remained unopened due to intrigue within the government and disputes between it and the Jewish community, a news site reported. Part of the reason for the delay is the refusal of the Mazsihisz federation of Jewish communities and the Yad Vashem…

  • SS soldiers’ names to be removed from Dutch Holocaust monument

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — City officials from a Dutch municipality near The Hague said they would remove from its main monument for Jewish Holocaust victims the names of three SS soldiers also honored there. The inclusion of the German soldiers’ names was discovered through research by the local Historical Association of Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Algemeen Dagblad daily…

  • Amos Oz, David Grossman shortlisted for Man Booker prize

    (JTA) — Two of Israel’s most renowned authors and an Argentine first-time novelist are among six finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. David Grossman’s “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” Amos Oz’s “Judas” and Samanta Schweblin’s “Fever Dream” are on a six-book shortlist announced Thursday for the $64,000 prize, the Associated Press…

  • Trump’s Middle East policy is ‘welcome change,’ Netanyahu tells visiting US defense secretary

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s recent actions in the Middle East are “a welcome change,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis. The two met Friday in Jerusalem; Mattis is making his first official visit to Israel in his new post. The “forthright words on the part of President Trump…