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  • French President Emmanuel Macron’s party withdraws 2nd candidate who supported BDS

    (JTA) – For the second time this month, the party of French President Emmanuel Macron withdrew from its parliamentary elections ticket a candidate who promoted online a boycott of Israel. William Tchamaha was removed Thursday from the En Marche centrist party’s list in the northern Seine-Maritime in next month’s elections, the news site Actu reported. CRIF,…

  • Swastikas painted on synagogue, rabbi’s headstone smashed in Ukraine

    (JTA) — Two swastikas were painted on the front door of a synagogue in western Ukraine and, in a separate incident, the headstone of a prominent rabbi’s grave was smashed. The incident involving the swastikas was discovered last week in Chernivtsi, a city located some 250 miles southwest of Kiev, according to the Euro-Asian Jewish…

  • Israeli minister dismisses critics who panned Jerusalem dress at Cannes

    (JTA) – Israel’s culture minister dismissed criticism over her wearing to the Cannes Film Festival’s opening a dress whose hem features an image of Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is not a provocation, and it was lovely to see how much affection the dress received at Cannes,” Miri Regev, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightist Likud…

  • Trump: Netanyahu may join me at the Western Wall

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump said he has not ruled out inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join him when he visits Jerusalem’s Western Wall. “We have not yet made a final decision about my visit to the Western Wall,” Trump, who is scheduled to visit Israel next week, told the Israel Hayom newspaper in…

  • Rabbi reportedly lets Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner fly with president on Shabbat

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have received rabbinic approval to fly with him on Shabbat to the Middle East and Europe, Politico reported. A White House official said the couple, who are Orthodox Jews, have received a rabbinical dispensation to join the president aboard Air Force One as…

  • ADL warns Homeland Security: Don’t hire ‘extremist’ sheriff David Clarke

    (JTA) — Joining critics of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, the Anti-Defamation League warned that his reported consideration for a senior post at the Department of Homeland Security is “shameful” and “dangerous.” Clarke, who has said he would “grab Democrats by the throat” and whom ADL said has ties to “two anti-government groups well known…

  • Anti-Semitic sentiment fell in 3 European countries, ADL polls find

    (JTA) — The prevalence of anti-Semitic sentiment has dropped in three European countries over surveys from 2014 and 2015, according to polls conducted this year by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL interviewed 500 people each in Germany, the United Kingdom and France by telephone, the organization said in a summary of the study it unveiled Thursday….

  • Hamas absent from European Parliament resolution on peace process challenges

    (JTA) — The European Parliament passed a resolution on Israel and the Palestinians that omits any reference to Hamas, but which advocates of the Jewish state said was more balanced than previous documents endorsed by that institution. Titled “Achieving the Two-State Solution in the Middle-East, the resolution passed Thursday in Strasbourg “condemns all acts of…

  • President Macron unveils diverse Cabinet featuring critics, advocates of Israel

    (JTA) — French President Emmanuel Macron presented a diverse Cabinet of 22 ministers, including a Jew, a Muslim and both advocates and critics of Israel. Macron, a centrist who had served in governments led both by Socialists and Republicans before his election on May 7 on an independent ticket, on Wednesday appointed as his foreign…

  • Ban on ritual slaughter passes without opposition in Belgium’s largest region

    (JTA) — The Walloon Parliament in southern Belgium voted unanimously to ban the slaughter of unstunned animals, a requirement for both kosher and halal ritual slaughter. Only the two Labor Party lawmakers in the 75-member plenum in Belgium’s largest region abstained in the vote Wednesday, La Libre Belgique reported. Earlier this month, the environment committee…