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  • US employs Israeli tactic in ISIS fight to reduce civilian casualties

    (JTA) — In fighting Islamic State combatants in Iraq, U.S. troops employed an Israeli tactic designed to reduce civilian casualties during bombardments. U.S. troops used “roof knocking” this month in Mosul, but a woman was killed in the attack, Air Force Maj.-Gen. Peter Gersten, deputy commander for operations and intelligence for the U.S.-led coalition, said…

  • Jewish general tapped to serve as Air Force’s highest-ranking officer

    (JTA) — The Jewish vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force was nominated to serve as the branch’s highest-ranking officer. Gen. David Goldfein, 57, a one-time pilot whose fighter jet was downed over Serbia in 1999, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the 21st chief of staff of the Air…

  • New activists’ group to push Marine Le Pen to French Jews ahead of ’17 vote

    (JTA) – Jewish activists close to Marine Le Pen said they have formed an organization designed to market her far-right National Front party to France’s Jewish community ahead of the 2017 presidential elections. Michel Thooris, a French Jew who once worked as Le Pen’s consultant on police issues, told the Le Lab news website that he…

  • Sold Marseille synagogue to become mosque

    (JTA) — A synagogue in the center of the French city of Marseille was sold to a Muslim association that is planning to turn it into a mosque. The Or Thora synagogue on Saint Dominique Street near the Saint-Charles train station was sold a few months ago for approximately $400,000 to the Al Badr Association ahead…

  • Amid legal fight, BDS motions pass in 4 Spanish cities, fail in 4 others

    (JTA) — Amid a legal fight over the legality of the campaign to boycott Israel in Spain, motions supporting the boycott failed in four municipalities and passed in four. The council of the eastern city of Santa Coloma de Gramenet near Barcelona on Monday voted down a proposed motion to boycott Israel, according to ACOM, a…

  • 3 French teens arrested for attack on locksmith they thought was Jewish

    (JTA) – French police arrested three teenagers who are suspected of ambushing, attacking and seriously injuring a locksmith because they believed he was Jewish. The suspects, all 15, are said to have ordered the services of a locksmith five months ago from a firm whose owners had a Jewish-sounding name, the Paris-based daily Le Figaro…

  • How a comic book kept this Dutch Jewish couple close but out of Nazis’ reach

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — As a Dutch Jewish couple hiding separately from the Nazis, Emmanuel Joels and Hetty van Son were literally drawn together by a comic book of Emmanuel’s romantic invention. After narrowly avoiding deportation to Auschwitz thanks to a policeman’s tip, the young couple spent 2 1/2 years living less than a mile apart, each in the…

  • Britain’s Labour Party suspends member for saying Israel uses Holocaust as moneymaker

    (JTA) — As part of its crackdown on anti-Semitism, Britain’s Labour Party suspended the party membership of a columnist from Ireland who apparently said Israel was using the Holocaust to receive money. John McAuliffe, an international member of the British party, was suspended this week after allegedly posting on Facebook a message in which he…

  • Far-right candidate wins 1st round of presidential elections in Austria

    (JTA) — A member of the far-right Freedom Party in Austria won the first round of presidential elections, clinching the movement’s best electoral showing ever. Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party, or FPO, took 36 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election, with the runner-up — an independent, left-leaning candidate — taking 20 percent. Hofer,…

  • 17th century Jewish slum unearthed in Amsterdam

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Dutch archaeologists unearthed what they said was the remnants of a Jewish 17th-century slum in the center of the Dutch capital. The discovery of the slum on Valkenburger Street, north of the Portuguese Synagogue in the eastern part of the center of Amsterdam, was made earlier this month by a construction crew…