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  • Jesse Lurie, longtime Hadassah Magazine editor, dies at 103

    (JTA) — Jesse Lurie, the longtime executive editor of Hadassah Magazine and a peace activist, has died at 103. Lurie, an Israeli American, was the magazine’s founding executive editor in 1947 and held the post for 33 years. He professionalized a publication that had been run by volunteers since its launch in 1914. Lurie also…

  • Vilnius University to honor Jewish Holocaust victims — unless they fought Nazis

    (JTA) — Vilnius University in Lithuania said it would award academic degrees posthumously to Jewish students who were murdered in the Holocaust — unless they were partisans. In a statement published Wednesday on its website announcing the initiative titled Recovering Memory, the university encouraged relatives of Holocaust victims to apply for recognition through a special…

  • British woman in her 20s killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack; Palestinian man held

    This is a developing story. (JTA) — A British woman in her 20s studying in Israel was stabbed to death in Jerusalem allegedly by a Palestinian. The woman, named by Israel’s envoy to the United Kingdom as Hannah Bladon, died following the Friday attack. She had been taken to the hospital in critical condition after suffering multiple…

  • 5 House Democrats: Revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance over alleged Russia ties

    (JTA) — Five House Democrats called for Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be revoked over his alleged ties to Russia. In a letter to FBI Director James Comey and Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, the lawmakers expressed concerns over the alleged failure of the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser to disclose that…

  • Trump’s inauguration rabbi to be first non-citizen honored on Israel’s Independence Day

    (JTA) — Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is slated to become the first non-Israeli to light a torch during Israel’s main Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem. Hier, who in January delivered a prayer during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., is one of three individuals selected for the honor…

  • Palestinian firebombing suspect shot by Israeli soldiers dies of his wounds

    (JTA) — A Palestinian teenager who was shot last month by Israeli troops while riding in a vehicle whose passengers allegedly threw firebombs at Israelis has died of his injuries. Jassem Muhammad Nakhla, 17, died Monday in a Tel Aviv hospital after being shot in the head and foot on March 23 near the al-Jalazun…

  • EU adopts anti-boycott stance in official commercial policy

    (JTA) — In a reaction to attempts in Europe to boycott Israel, the European Union’s report on commercial competition for the first time included a rejection of such initiatives. The reference to boycotts, which does not name Israel specifically, was introduced earlier this year into the draft of the Report on Competition Policy for 2016…

  • Anne Frank’s final days, as told by her former classmate

    (JTA) — Looking through the barbed wire of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 14-year-old Nanette Konig could barely recognize her friend and classmate from Amsterdam, Anne Frank. Both girls had been caught by the Nazis in the Dutch capital and were sent to starve to death in a place Konig describes today as “hell on Earth.” Both…

  • Marine Le Pen: French nation not responsible for deporting Jews to camps

    (JTA) — Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said that her country is not responsible for the deportation of thousands of Jews to death camps in 1942. Le Pen is according to recent polls one of the two leading candidates ahead of the first round of the elections on April…

  • Prince Charles recalls grandmother’s rescue of Jews from Holocaust

    (JTA) — Prince Charles of Wales spoke with Holocaust survivors in Austria about his grandmother’s role in saving the lives of a Jewish family during the Shoah. Charles and his wife, Camilla, spent the final day of a nine-day tour of Europe in Vienna meeting British and Austrian survivors of Nazi persecution at the city’s Jewish…