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  • State Dept.: Coalition deal ‘raises legitimate questions’ on Israel’s path

    (JTA) — In a first official statement to the coalition pact signed between Likud and the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, a State Department spokesman said this “raises legitimate questions” about the direction in which Israel is headed. Mark Toner said this Wednesday, hours after the signing of a coalition deal that will install hardline settler…

  • French court orders suspect in 1980 synagogue bombing back to jail

    (JTA) – A French court of appeals ordered the re-incarceration of a terror suspect who had been released to house arrest while standing trial for the killing of four Jews in 1980. The Paris Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the prosecutors’ appeal against the May 12 release of Hassan Diab, a Lebanon-born university lecturer in…

  • Amsterdam kosher restaurant stabbing not a hate crime, police say

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The stabbing of a woman at a kosher restaurant here was not a hate crime, police said. The attack Monday night at Grand Cafe Rimon, which resulted in moderate injuries to the victim and ended with the arrest of the suspected assailant, was the act of a person who appeared mentally unstable, a…

  • Why scientists are fighting about the origins of Yiddish – and the Jews

    (JTA) — Science has finally provided evidence of what Jewish “Star Wars” fans long suspected: Yoda is a member of the tribe — or at least he speaks like one. The bad news is the science has been widely dismissed as junk. The Yoda reference appears in a video in which a a 36-year-old Israeli linguist at…

  • Israel opens pavillion at World Humanitarian Summit

    (JTA) — An Israeli delegation led by a top diplomat arrived in Turkey to represent Israel at the first World Humanitarian Summit. Dore Gold, the director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, cut the ribbon of the Israeli pavilion at the summit on Tuesday. The summit takes place in Istanbul, is organized by the United Nations and aims to reinvigorate…

  • Spanish Jews threaten legal action against lawmaker for ‘foreign agent’ comment

    (JTA) — Spain’s main Jewish group threatened legal action against a local lawmaker for calling a community leader “a foreign agent.” Benet Salellas espoused “the most repugnant form of anti-Semitism” and used speech that “is wholly illegitimate in diplomatic discourse,” FCJE said Tuesday in an unusually harshly-worded statement. The group said that unless Salellas apologized and walked back his statements, it would press charges…

  • Woman wounded in stabbing at Amsterdam kosher restaurant

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A woman was lightly wounded in a stabbing incident at a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam. The woman was stabbed in her arm after 9 p.m. Monday at Grand Café Rimon, the local television station AT5 reported. She was treated at a local hospital. Police arrested the alleged assailant, telling AT5 they had…

  • BDS is anti-constitutional and discriminatory, Spanish tribunal rules

    (JTA) — Citing anti-discrimination laws, a Spanish constitutional tribunal recommended scrapping a municipality’s motion calling for a boycott against Israel. The Ministerio Fiscal, an advisory judicial authority charged with guaranteeing equality in the judiciary, made the recommendation this month, according to a statement by ACOM, a Spanish pro-Israel lobby. The recommendation came after ACOM sued the…

  • French Jews react to first screening of buzzy, irreverent comedy on anti-Semitism

    PARIS (JTA) — When the French-Jewish film director Yvan Attal titled his much-hyped comedy about anti-Semitism “They Are Everywhere,” he did so in reference to how some anti-Semites feel about Jews and vice versa. But the French-language title applies in another way, too: Though the film has yet to be released, Attal and the star-studded…

  • Local French politician probed for ‘no dogs and Jews allowed’ Twitter account

    (JTA) — City prosecutors in southern France are investigating a local politician for his Twitter account, which was marked “forbidden to dogs and Jews” and featured tweets mocking and denying the Holocaust. The Montpelier prosecutors were notified Monday by municipal officials about the account, which belongs to Djamel Boumaaz, a former member of France’s far-right National Front party, the…