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  • Trump, Abbas scheduled to hold formal talk

    (JTA) — The White House scheduled a telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. The White House schedule for Friday has Trump speaking by telephone with Abbas at 12:15 p.m., in what would be the first direct contact between the new American president and the Palestinian leader….

  • How a single mom revolutionized Moldova’s Jewish community

    BERSHAD, Ukraine (JTA) — Olga Levus didn’t set out to revolutionize the Jewish community of her native Moldova when she opened its first-ever support group for single mothers. Unemployed and living in the city of Chisinau, she was mostly concerned 17 years ago with feeding and clothing her three boys in one of Eastern Europe’s poorest countries….

  • French Jewish historian cleared of hate speech charges against Muslims

    (JTA) – A French court acquitted the Jewish historian Georges Bensoussan of hate speech charges over his assertion that Arabs receive anti-Semitism with their “mother’s milk.” The 17th Criminal Tribunal of Paris acquitted Bensoussan on Tuesday, the AFP news agency reported, ending a polarizing trial that observers regarded as a significant test case for determining the boundaries…

  • A Jewish mask-maker draws inspiration, and customers, from Amsterdam’s Red Light District

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — For someone who produces and sells masks for a living, it makes sense to set up shop in the center of this city’s famed Red Light District. After all, there are countless masks and costumes on sale in the many adult toy shops that dot this part of the Dutch capital, which…

  • Fan of Nazi collaborator to represent Ukraine at Paris Holocaust symposium

    (JTA) — Ukrainian Jews protested the attendance at an international symposium on the Holocaust by a state historian who praised a Nazi collaborator whose troops killed Jews. Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, last week condemned the planned attendance of Volodymyr Vyatrovych, director of Ukrainian National Memory Institute, at a conference planned for Paris this…

  • Dutch anti-Semitism watchdog asks government to ban ‘Hamas front’ conference

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A watchdog on anti-Semitism in the Netherlands petitioned the government to ban an upcoming Rotterdam conference that it said was organized by Hamas-affiliated groups. The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, on Friday asked Justice Minister Stef Blok and Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk to stop the conference, titled “Palestinians in…

  • Conservative groups join interfaith coalition fighting Trump’s transgender bathroom move

    (JTA) — The Jewish Theological Seminary joined other Jewish Conservative groups in a U.S. Supreme Court appeal against a presidential move that allows schools to decide who may enter gender-segregated bathrooms. On Thursday, JTS wrote in a statement that it has joined an amicus brief designed to uphold the “rights of transgender students to use public school…

  • French Arab coexistence champion found to have authored anti-Semitic tweets

    (JTA) – A former culture minister of France distanced herself from an up-and-coming journalist who interviewed her recently following the discovery of virulent anti-Semitic tweets he authored. Christiane Taubira, who last month granted a wide-ranging interview to Mehdi Meklat, 24, of the Les Inrocks magazine, said she would not have afforded him that access had…

  • 2 Jewish museums open in Portugal amid opposition to one in Lisbon

    (JTA) — Two municipalities in Portugal opened museums about their Jewish heritage amid protests by residents of the capital Lisbon against the ongoing construction of a third and larger one. In the northeastern city of Braganca, the municipality last week opened a two-story Sephardi Interpretive Center that focuses on the life of Jews under persecution in 15th and…

  • Model who lost molestation suit against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein charged with stealing underwear

    (JTA) – A former model who lost a sexual molestation lawsuit against the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for breaking into a Victoria’s Secret underwear store in New York. Maximillia Cordero, 33, was arrested Monday for breaking into the Upper East Side store, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. She lost a 2007…