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  • Dutch Muslim who preached ‘harmony’ unmasked as ‘rabid anti-Semite’

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Muslim baker who moved many viewers in the Netherlands with his televised plea for coexistence and acceptance had called in the past for a genocide against Jews, Dutch papers revealed. Rachid el Hajoui, an immigrant from Morocco who works at a pizza eatery in Tilburg, made his emotional appearance during an…

  • French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided

    (JTA) — The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation League. It is all happening over just two words: “mother’s milk.” Georges Bensoussan, one of the world’s leading experts on Jews in Arab lands,…

  • In unusual criticism, Israeli envoy blames Russia for blocking international anti-Semitism definition

    (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador in Moscow criticized Russia for blocking the international adoption of a definition of anti-Semitism, which he linked to a recent string of allegedly racist statements about Jews by Russian politicians. Gary Koren made his unusual statement on anti-Semitism in Russia in an interview with Interfax, the news agency reported Wednesday. Koren singled out Russia…

  • Austrian chancellor celebrates resistance to Nazism by national railway firm

    (JTA) — Austria’s chancellor praised workers of his country’s railway company for what he called their outsize resistance to Nazism during the Holocaust. Christian Kern’s praise for the partisans of the Austrian federal railways, or BBO, appeared in a statement he penned for an exhibition about the firm’s role during the Holocaust that opened last…

  • Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown

    (JTA) — Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Chabad emissaries from the United States came to the city on Russia’s Black Sea coast in 2002….

  • British government proposes guideline to prevent municipal boycotts against Israel

    (JTA) — The British government has unveiled a proposed guideline that is meant to counteract and prevent the passing of resolutions in favor of boycotting Israel by local municipalities. The Department for Communities and Local Government published its plan for ending such initiatives on Monday in a leaflet containing proposed additions and revisions to a document titled the “Revised Best…

  • Israel boycott defeated in 2 Spanish courts

    (JTA) — Spanish courts reversed two municipal resolutions on boycotting Israel and approved a criminal investigation into possible discrimination by organizers of a music festival who sought to bar the Jewish singer Matisyahu. The rulings passed by the local councils of Xeraco and Olesa de Montserrat were issued independently last month by courts in Valencia and Barcelona, according to a…

  • Kushner family in talks to buy Miami Marlins

    (JTA) — The family of presidential adviser Jared Kushner is in talks to purchase the Miami Marlins baseball team, The New York Times reported. The Kushners, a New York area real estate family, regard the team’s $1.6 billion price tag as too high, the Times reported Thursday. The negotiations, which have been ongoing for several…

  • Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway under fire for plugging Ivanka label on TV

    (JTA) — An ethics watchdog has criticized Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, for promoting in the media products sold by his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump. Noah Bookbinder, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, wrote in a New York Daily News op-ed that his Washington, D.C.-based organization had filed a…

  • Trump says settlements not good for peace, but won’t condemn Israel

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump said the expansion of Israeli settlements does not help peacemaking efforts between Israel and the Palestinians, but added he did not wish to condemn the Jewish state. Trump spoke about the peace process during an interview with Israel Hayom, an Israeli daily owned by Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor and close…