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  • Spanish municipality to rescind BDS resolution following legal action

    (JTA) — The Spanish municipality of Velez Malaga said it will rescind a City Council resolution in support of boycotting Israel following legal action. Wednesday’s decision to cancel the resolution, which labeled Israel an apartheid state, came one day after a court in Malaga issued an injunction ruling that the motion was illegal on the grounds…

  • Russian Jews posthumously honor Elie Wiesel, who fought to free them

    (JTA) — A Jewish organization working in the former Soviet Union inaugurated an exhibition in Moscow on the life of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. Also in the Russian capital, some 500 Chabad rabbis from across Europe gathered this week for a conference that may be the largest rabbinical gathering ever held there, according to the Chabad…

  • Russian TV reruns documentary claiming Jewish conspiracy in Titanic sinking

    (JTA) — A privately owned Russian television channel reran a documentary from 2012 that claimed the Titanic was sunk partly due to a conspiracy by Jews. REN-TV aired the anti-Semitic documentary last month, according to the Coordination Forum for Countering anti-Semitism. The documentary suggested a “group of 300” Jews, freemasons and “illluminati” had sunk the…

  • British Jewish leaders condemn reports of French police harassing Muslim women in burkinis

    (JTA) — The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned what it called police harassment in France of Muslim women wearing the full-body bathing suit known as the burkini in defiance of a municipal ban. The reaction by the main Jewish group in Britain was to reports describing how four police officers on Tuesday ordered and compelled…

  • How Paris public schools became no-go zones for Jews

    PARIS (JTA) — Twenty-five years after he graduated from a public high school in the French capital, Stephane Tayar recalls favorably his time in one of the world’s most thorough education systems. As for many other French Jews his age, the state-subsidized upbringing has worked out well for Tayar, a 43-year-old communications and computers specialist. Eloquent but…

  • Senior Paris rabbi defends controversial burkini ban

    (JTA) — A senior Paris rabbi defended a string of controversial municipal bans in France on wearing the full-body swimsuit known as a burkini in public. Moshe Sebbag of the Grand Synagogue told JTA on Tuesday that he supported in principle the regulations adopted earlier this month in 15 French municipalities, including the famed beach resort…

  • Macedonia’s tiny Jewish community, JDC help flood victims

    (JTA) – Members of the tiny Jewish community of Macedonia and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee distributed hundreds of aid packages to victims of deadly floods that forced thousands from their homes in the Balkan nation. The JDC, along with the Jewish Community of the Republic of Macedonia and the Holocaust Fund of the…

  • Citing their ‘core beliefs,’ 40 Orthodox clergy condemn Trump’s ‘hateful rhetoric’

    (JTA) — Forty American Orthodox clergy co-signed a letter condemning Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for what they called his “hateful rhetoric and intolerant policy proposals.” The letter  — whose signatories included Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, the founding president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York City — was published Friday on the website Cleveland.com. Noting…

  • Israel doubles its sale of goods, services to UN institutions

    (JTA) — Over the past two years, Israel has more than doubled its sale of services and products to the United Nations and its branches, the country’s UN mission said. A recent report released by the United Nations shows it acquired goods and services from Israel totaling $91.8 million in 2015 — well above the…

  • French Jew in stable condition after stabbing in Strasbourg

    (JTA) — A French Jewish man in his 60s was stabbed in Strasbourg in a suspected anti-Semitic attack. The victim, who was wearing a kippah, was leaving his home when a suspect now in police custody allegedly stabbed him in the abdomen Friday morning, Le Figaro reported. According to Le Monde, the victim, who was…