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  • French intellectuals accuse authorities of covering up Jewish woman’s slaying by Muslim neighbor

    (JTA) — A European Parliament member and 17 prominent French intellectuals protested the omission of anti-Semitism from a draft indictment of a Muslim for the murder of his Jewish neighbor. During a speech in parliament, Frédérique Ries, a lawmaker from Belgium, on Thursday criticized French authorities’ handling of the investigation into the April 4 incident,…

  • Jared Kushner’s family is a legend in this Belarus town

    NOVOGRUDOK, Belarus (JTA) — People in Jared Kushner’s ancestral town tend to speak very highly of President Donald Trump. That’s generally the norm in the former Soviet Union. After all, Trump’s style goes over well in this part of the world — a survey conducted in November in Russia found that 45 percent of respondents said they…

  • Dutch defender of Israel publishes harassing voice mail by Dutch-Muslim politician

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A local Muslim politician from The Hague is accused of making misogynistic threats against a woman who criticized his anti-Israel statements. In a series of voice messages, Abdoe Khoulani, who represents the Islamist Party of Unity on the city council of the The Hague, repeatedly insulted Anneke Brons, who has defended Israel on…

  • 5 reasons why some British Jews are supporting the Labour Party, despite charges of anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Relations between British Jewry and the country’s Labour Party, which used to be their political home, appear to be at a historic lowpoint. Ahead of the June 8 general elections in the United Kingdom, a Jewish Chronicle poll from last week put support for the center-left party — which has seen repeated scandals involving…

  • 16 haredim arrested in Jerusalem for intimidating soldiers, police

    (JTA) — Police in Jerusalem arrested 16 young men in the Israeli capital’s haredi neighborhood of Me’a She’arim after they reportedly assaulted police officers posted to keep soldiers safe. The incident Friday followed efforts by police to keep extremists from the haredi neighborhood from assaulting other haredis who serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Haredi…

  • Moroccan man sentenced to death for killing, dismembering Jewish couple

    (JTA) — A court in Morocco sentenced to death a gardener who was convicted of murdering a Jewish couple last year in Casablanca. The Court of First Instance of the coastal city sentenced Mustapha Rerhay, 51, to death on Monday, the Le 360 news site reported, for the killing of Sam Toledano and Vicky Chetrit,…

  • Estonian politician vows to legalize Holocaust denial

    (JTA) — An Estonian nationalist politician vowed in his election campaign to decriminalize Holocaust denial and instead penalize those who would downplay the Soviet domination of the country. Georg Kirsberg, who is running for a lawmaker’s seat for the Conservative People’s Party in Estonia’s elections in October, was quoted Wednesday by the Estonian National Broadcasting…

  • Israel’s president: Peace deal must feature Jewish presence in Hebron

    (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians must feature a Jewish presence in Hebron. Rivlin, a member of Likud, spoke  Thursday night at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. “Hebron is not an obstacle to peace. Hebron is a test of our…

  • Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour cheered at CUNY commencement speech

    (JTA) — Linda Sarsour, a leader of popular opposition to President Trump and an anti-Israel activist, delivered without incident a controversial speech at City University of New York. Sarsour, whose attendance as a speaker at Thursday’s commencement ceremony of the university’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy provoked anger among conservatives and supporters…

  • Goldman Sachs CEO, Israeli minister join critics of US pullout from Paris climate accords

    (JTA) — Israel’s energy minister and the CEO of the Goldman Sachs bank, Lloyd Blankfein, joined the chorus of critics who condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate deal. Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the move implicitly. “Even if there is a 50 percent chance that climate change and global warming is man-made, we…