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  • Demonstration by Polish soccer fans features burning Jews in effigy

    (JTA) – Several dozen soccer fans in Poland hung a banner containing anti-Semitic language at a train station in Lodz at a demonstration that featured the burning of Jews in effigy. Approximately 50 men were photographed on a bridge at the Lodz Kaliska station on Aug. 26 with a banner reading “19.08, today the Jews got…

  • A Yom Kippur apology to France’s most famous anti-Semite

    (JTA) — It kills me to say this, but I may owe a Yom Kippur apology to Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. My extensive reporting about this French comedian of Cameroonian descent consistently portrayed him as a fanatical, vulgar and racist provocateur whose acts serve as a thinly veiled pretext for venting a hatred for Jews so intense that it’s led…

  • Dutch Jewish digital library sees 8,000th book downloaded

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — An online library containing hundreds of Dutch-language books by Jewish authors has registered its 8,000th download. The milestone was reached earlier this year, according to the director of Crescas, Dutch Jewry’s main cultural organization, which set up five years ago a digital book collection that grew into one of the Netherlands’ largest…

  • NY state attorney says he was target of anti-Semitic Trump supporters

    (JTA) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he has been the target of “gruesome” anti-Semitic tweets from supporters of Donald Trump, whose for-profit Trump University is the target of a state lawsuit alleging fraud. Schneiderman also joked that he would leave the United States for the Dominican Republic if Donald Trump is elected president. Schneiderman…

  • French Jewish leader slams pol’s comparison of burkini ban to Holocaust

    (JTA) — In his first public statement about France’s debate over the burkini, the leader of the country’s Jewish communities condemned a politician’s likening of the ban on the Muslim garb to persecutions against French Jews. Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, commented on the issue in a statement…

  • French court overturns burkini ban

    (JTA) — The highest administrative court in France overturned the ban on burkinis by at least 30 municipalities, calling them unconstitutional. The French Council of State made its ruling on Friday following a polarizing debate about the full-body swimsuits favored by Muslim women. The bans were put in place a little over one week ago…

  • Israeli soldiers kill unarmed Palestinian charging West Bank guard post

    (JTA) – Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man who ran toward their guard post in the West Bank and ignored warnings, the Israel Defense Forces said. The man who was killed Friday — identified by the Palestinian news agency Maan as 38-year-old Iyad Zakariya Hamed, a father of three from the Ramallah area…

  • Clinton: Trump in bed with anti-Semites, other racists

    Clinton: Trump in bed with anti-Semites, other racists (JTA) — Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of helping foment racial hatred, including anti-Semitism, and cozying up to white nationalists. The Democratic presidential nominee leveled the accusation against her Republican rival on Thursday during a speech she delivered at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, the Los…

  • Apple issues security fix to Israeli firm’s iPhone snoop hack

    (JTA) — The discovery of an Israeli firm’s secret method of hacking into iPhones and iPads prompted Apple Inc. to issue a patch to fix a security flaw in its products. The iPhone hack by the NSO Group, an Israeli company that makes software for governments that can secretly target mobile phones and gather information,…

  • Burkini ban is great for business, says Israeli-French maker of modest swimsuits

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — According to the latest tally, at least 30 French municipalities have banned the product that the Paris-born businesswoman Yardena G. sells for a living. Yardena, a haredi Orthodox mother of nine from Jerusalem, owns the Sea Secret fashion label of modest swimwear for devoutly religious women. And she regards the bans on…