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  • Why Brazilian Jews celebrate historic UN vote on Israel with prime beef and a ton of garlic

    (JTA) — Brazilian Jews rarely require excuses for combining their love for a good party with their other great passion: red meat. Weddings, bar mitzvahs, britot — even funerals — all serve as perfectly legitimate pretexts for throwing churrascos, the Portuguese-language word for barbecues featuring morsels served rodizio-style: Meat that is sliced for each diner…

  • Skaters wearing Holocaust costumes perform on Russian television, spark outrage

    (JTA) – A Russian state-owned television channel aired a figure-skating performance featuring dancers wearing uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates. Actor Andrey Burkovsky and Tatiana Navka, a professional figure skater and wife of a senior Kremlin spokesman, wore striped pajamas with yellow Star of David patches while dancing to a song by an Israeli…

  • As wildfires rage across Israel, firefighting efforts diverted from Haifa to Jerusalem

    (JTA) — An Israeli village west of Jerusalem was evacuated due to fires raging on its margins, as some firefighting efforts were being diverted from Israel’s north to its center. The flames nearing the village of Nataf were among three fires reported in the Jerusalem area Friday — the fourth day in which emergency services were battling…

  • Dutch publisher’s contract with Hezbollah fan causes authors walkout

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch publishing house that was founded by anti-Nazi fighters lost some of its best-known authors following its contract with a Hezbollah supporter who has accused Israel of genocide. Leon de Winter, a Dutch-Jewish writer who is one of the Netherlands’ best-known novelists, said he joined the walkout by three other writers…

  • ‘Death to Jews’ sprayed on Ukrainian synagogue

    (JTA) — Unidentified individuals wrote “death to the Jews” on the main synagogue of a city in Ukraine that earlier this month saw the rededication of another Jewish house of worship. The hateful graffiti was discovered last week on the façade of the Central Synagogue in Chernivtsi, a city located 255 miles southwest of Kiev,…

  • France warns vendors to apply stricter labels to settlement goods

    (JTA) — A French government anti-fraud agency is requiring vendors specify whether goods originate in Israeli settlements. The demand, which an Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson said gives “tail wind to radical actors and the boycott movement against Israel,” was published Thursday in the French government’s Official Journal. The circular by the French Economy Ministry’s General…

  • Israeli settler leader: Fires are divine punishment for planned settlement uproot

    (JTA) — A leader of Israeli settlers said that the fires raging in Israel, which officials partly attribute to arsonists, are really divine punishment for the government’s plans to uproot settlements. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, of the settler community of Elon Moreh, made the controversial assertion about the 250 fires recorded in recent days in Israel,…

  • French presidential candidate’s claim about Jews ‘a misunderstanding,’ spokesman says

    (JTA) – A spokesperson for Francois Fillon, a leading contender in the upcoming French presidential election, sought to soften the candidate’s claim that Jews in the past did not respect French law. Jérôme Chartier said Wednesday that criticism of Fillon was “a misunderstanding” of the candidate’s attempt to note all religions have extremists. “Francois Fillon is very clear on the fact that there may…

  • French presidential candidate: Jews wished to break our laws

    (JTA) – Francois Fillon, a leading contender in the upcoming French presidential election, suggested Jews do not respect French law. Fillon, a former prime minister who this week won the first round of the presidential primary in France’s center-right Republicans party, made the assertion during an interview Wednesday with Europe1 radio, in which he cited Jews as proof…

  • UNESCO awards tolerance prize to Moscow Jewish museum

    (JTA) — UNESCO gave Moscow’s main Jewish museum an award for its promotion of tolerance. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, a $50 million state-of-the-art institution that opened in 2012, received UNESCO’s Madanjeet Singh Prize for the promotion of peace and non-violence last week, Interfax reported. Rabbi Alexander Boroda, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia…