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  • Trump: If Jared Kushner can’t broker Middle East peace, nobody can

    (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump said that if his son-in-law Jared Kushner cannot produce peace in the Middle East, then “nobody can.” Trump referenced Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who married Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, after her Orthodox conversion to Judaism, during a VIP reception and candlelight dinner Thursday night at Union Station in Washington, D.C., ahead…

  • Britain again breaks ranks with Europe — this time over Israel

    (JTA) — Two days after delegates from more than 70 nations attended the Paris summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was wrong to label the meeting “useless.” Admittedly the France-initiated event, which neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority attended, did not change the international community’s understanding of…

  • Slovak lawmaker probed for opposing national honors for Jews

    (JTA) — The speaker of Slovakia’s parliament initiated a criminal probe for alleged hate speech against a lawmaker who criticized the conferring of a national honor on Jewish laureates due to their ethnicity. Andrej Danko, the speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, on Thursday said he would subject the far-right lawmaker Stanislav…

  • Austrian state-owned paper: Jihadism in Europe not comparable to Palestinian ‘resistance’

    (JTA) — A state-owned newspaper in Austria published an op-ed arguing that the cause of jihadist terrorism in Europe is not comparable with “expressions of desperate resistance” by Palestinians against Israelis. The op-ed titled The “Islamist Terrorism” by journalist Liza Ulitzka appeared last week in the Wiener Zeitung daily, which is owned by the office of Austria’s…

  • Gas canisters, Nazi slogans hurled at 4 London Jews

    (JTA) — Four haredi Orthodox Jews from London, including a mother and her 13 year-old son, were pelted with gas canisters by at least one man who yelled “Heil Hitler” at them from a moving car. Police apprehended a suspect, 19-year-old Patrick Delaney, who admitted to participating in the attack last week in Tottenham in northern…

  • Vandals scrawl ‘kill Jews’ at Massachusetts cemetery

    (JTA) — Unidentified perpetrators spray painted the words “kill Jews” and a white supremacist slogan on headstones at a cemetery in Cape Cod. Several headstones were knocked over at Oak Neck, a 5.5-acre graveyard that is the only active cemetery in the village of Hyannis, 70 miles southeast of Boston, Fox25 reported last week. Oak Neck is not…

  • Report: Abbas met with US businessmen to establish back channel to Trump

    (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with an American businessmen earlier this month in an attempt to set up a back channel to President-elect Donald Trump. On Jan. 2, Abbas met in Ramallah with hedge fund manager Daniel Arbess, who is Jewish, and with the Palestinian billionaire Adnan Mjalli, who owns businesses in the U.S….

  • Jewish suspects among 41 charged in gas meter scam in Brooklyn

    (JTA) — Several Jewish suspects were among 41 people arrested in Brooklyn for allegedly conspiring to circumvent gas safety regulations. The alleged actions allegedly took place last year, acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez was quoted as saying by NBC.  The 41 were arrested on Thursday. “These defendants operated a criminal enterprise and accepted cash for illegal…

  • Israel frees UN employee who helped Hamas in Gaza

    (JTA) — A United Nations employee who assisted Hamas was released after six months in an Israeli prison. Waheed al-Bursh, a Palestinian engineer working for the United Nations Development Programme in Gaza, was sentenced last week to time served for assisting the terrorist group in transporting 300 tons of rubble to a Hamas-run facility, the…

  • Israel bombed military airport near Damascus, Syrian officials say

    (JTA) — Syrian officials accused Israel of bombing a military airport near Damascus. Syrian state television on Friday quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight. They landed in the compound of Mezzah airport west of the Syrian capital, according to the report….