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  • 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…

  • French Jewish leader: Our country’s democracy is in ‘real danger’

    (JTA) — There is a “real danger” that France’s democracy will be destroyed by its next president, the leader of the country’s federation of Jewish communities warned ahead of the elections. Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF Jewish umbrella group, sounded the alarm during an interview Friday with the RJC Jewish radio station ahead…

  • Jewish supporter of Marine Le Pen blames ‘weak’ government for deadly Paris attack

    (JTA) — A prominent Jewish supporter of the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in France blamed the current government for the death of a police officer in a suspected terrorist attack in Paris. Michel Thooris, a police officer from southern France, was referencing the slaying Thursday evening of a policeman who was shot dead…

  • Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, newspaper publisher and civil right stalwart, dies at 96

    (JTA) — Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, a newspaper publisher and civil rights activist in Tennessee, has died at 96. Holmberg, a member of the family that controls The New York Times, challenged racial barriers, political skulduggery and environmental adversaries as publisher of The Chattanooga Times for nearly three decades, the newspaper reported Thursday. She died in…

  • Belgian Jewish leader asks lawmakers not to ‘repeat Nazis’ acts’ in ritual slaughter ban

    (JTA) — Amid discussions on limiting ritual slaughter of animals in Belgium, a leader of the country’s Jewish community pleaded with lawmakers not to “repeat the Nazis’ acts.” The statement Thursday by Philippe Markiewicz, president of the Consistoire organization of Belgian Jewry that is responsible for providing religious services, was unusual because Jewish community officials rarely draw…