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  • Lithuanian president ignores congressmen’s protest over planned project atop Jewish graves

    (JTA) — The president of Lithuania dismissed concerns raised by 12 U.S. Congress members over the planned construction of a conference center atop what used to be a Jewish cemetery in Vilnius. Responding to a letter sent last month by the lawmakers about the Piramont cemetery, Dalia Grybauskaitė on Monday told the BNS news agency…

  • Israeli security experts defend H.R. McMaster against allegations of anti-Israel bias

    (JTA) — A former leader of Israel’s National Security Council defended U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster against claims that the American general is hostile to Israel. Yaakov Amidror, a reserves major-general of the Israel Defense Forces, offered his backing for McMaster in a Jerusalem Post op-ed published Sunday that he co-authored with Eran Lerman, a…

  • Dutch historians find marriage certificate of Jewish Holocaust victims hidden in a chimney

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Historians in the Netherlands are searching for relatives of a couple murdered in the Holocaust whose marriage certificate was found concealed inside a chimney. Paul Harmens, a curator for the Overijssel Historical Center, told the Algemeen Dagblad daily last week that his institution has been searching for relatives of Siegfried de Groot…

  • Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz questioned in money-laundering case

    (JTA) — Police in Israel detained the businessman Beny Steinmetz and four others for questioning in a money-laundering investigation involving real estate deals abroad. The five were questioned Monday under caution, meaning they are considered suspects in the case, The Times of Israel reported. They are accused of money laundering, falsifying documents, using fake documents, false…

  • Charlottesville Jewish community hires security

    (JTA) — The Jewish community of Charlottesville, Virginia, hired security guards for the first time in its history ahead of a far-right event that ended with a deadly attack on protesters against racism. Rabbi Tom Gutherz of Congregation Beth Israel told Haaretz on Sunday that the move was deemed necessary ahead of the “alt-right” rally planned…

  • Israel to probe hospitals heard requiring women to get rabbis’ OK for sterilization

    (JTA) — Israel’s health ministry is probing hospitals that required women to obtain rabbinical approval for birth control procedures. Accoarding to an expose published Thursday by the news site Ynet,  officials from two state-funded institutions – Laniado Hospital in Netanya and  Ma’ayane HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak — are recorded telling women who sought tubal…

  • Court allows lawsuit over firing of synagogue staffer who was pregnant at her wedding

    (JTA) — A New York appeals court revived the unlawful termination lawsuit against a synagogue that fired a staffer who became pregnant before her wedding. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday opens the door to renewed legal action by Alana Shultz, a former employee of Congregation Shearith Israel in…

  • Researchers find Jewish headstones at the Nazi killing site of Babi Yar

    (JTA) –Nazi troops dumped dozens of stolen Jewish headstones at the same site near Kiev where they murdered tens of thousands of Jews, researchers in Ukraine discovered. The Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center last month extracted  50 headstones from the Babi Yar ravine, where Nazis and local collaborators murdered more than 150,00 people, including 50,000…

  • Temple Mount saw record number of Israeli visitors, despite tensions

    (JTA) — July saw the largest number of Jewish Israelis visiting the Temple Mount  in any single month since it came under Israeli control in 1967. Some 3,200 people visited the site, which is holy to both Jews and to Muslims, who refer to the compound as Haram al Sharif, Army Radio reported Friday. This…

  • Persian speakers demand Iran be punished for banning soccer stars who played against Israel

    (JTA) — Thousands of Persian speakers on social media demanded that the world soccer federation punish Iran after it banned two athletes from the national soccer team for  participating in a match against Israelis. The players, Masoud Shojaei, 33, the captain of the national team, and Ehsan Haji Safi, 27, one of Iran’s most promising players,…