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  • The Auschwitz museum has a Twitter account, and this ex-journalist runs it

    OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA) — Long before he moved here to become the spokesman for the Auschwitz museum and lead its social media effort, Pawel Sawicki’s life was intricately connected to this sleepy town near Krakow. A Warsaw-area journalist for Polish Radio 2, Sawicki used to visit Oswiecim as a boy on holidays to stay with…

  • Netanyahu thanks Congress, ‘America’ for House resolution condemning UN vote

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel thanked America and its House of Representatives for passing a resolution condemning a U.N. vote against settlements. Netanyahu said “thank you, America, thank you, Congress” in a video his office posted Friday on YouTube following the resolution’s passing the previous evening by a vote of 342-80. Sponsored…

  • Polish Jewish museum, Warsaw community bury hatchet in bid for unity

    (JTA) — The Jewish community of Warsaw and Poland’s main Jewish museum resolved their legal dispute over copyright in a bid for unity between two of Poland’s most prominent Jewish institutions, the groups said in a joint statement. The statement last week follows a lawsuit filed in 2016 by the community against the Polin Museum…

  • Jordanian official: Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem would be ‘catastrophic’

    (JTA) — Jordan’s government spokesman warned of “catastrophic” repercussions if President-elect Donald Trump moves the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as he indicated he would. Such a move could affect relations between the United States and regional allies, including Jordan, Information Minister Mohammed Momani told The Associated Press on Thursday, addressing the issue publicly for the…

  • Hollywood stars gather to remember Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds

    (JTA) — Film industry heavyweights gathered to remember Hollywood actresses Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at a private memorial service in Los Angeles. Actors Stephen Fry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, Candace Bergen, Meryl Streep, Ed Begley Jr., Jamie Lee Curtis and Penny Marshall were among the guests who attended the memorial Thursday for…

  • French supermarket apologizes for ‘made in Israeli settlement’ labels

    (JTA) — Following complaints, a French supermarket store apologized for applying labels reading “made in Israeli settlements” to some of its products. The labels that appeared last month on pomegranates and tangerines at the store belonging to the Auchan supermarket chain in the Paris suburb of Kremlin-Bicêtre were the result of a “an error” by…

  • French candidate under fire for Holocaust comparison

    (JTA) — French Jews accused a left-wing presidential candidate of encouraging Holocaust denial following his comparison of the Nazi persecution of Jews to the situation of French Muslims today. Vincent Peillon, who is running in the Socialist Party primaries ahead of the elections this year, made the analogy Tuesday during an interview aired by the…

  • Dutch rapper: ‘Jews like money’ song is a compliment

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch rapper who sang that he “sits on money like a Jew” and “deports” greedy women defended the text as a “compliment” devoid of any anti-Semitic undertones. Ali Bouali, a best-selling performer of Moroccan descent who is also known in the Netherlands as an activist against discrimination, defended these lines from…

  • Israeli man arrested in Ukraine for desecrating cross

    (JTA) — Police in the city of Uman in Ukraine arrested an Israeli man they suspect of defacing a large crucifix as payback for the desecration of a synagogue last month. The suspect, Netanel Shimon, on Dec. 31 is said to have dismantled the Jesus icon from a crucifix that locals set up in 2013…

  • Ukrainian marchers in Kiev chant ‘Jews out’

    (JTA) — Ukrainian nationalists in Kiev chanted “Jews out” in German at a New Year’s Day march celebrating the birthday of a Nazi collaborator whose troops killed thousands of Jews. Thousands attended the event in the center of the Ukrainian capital celebrating Stepan Bandera, a leader of Ukraine’s nationalist movement in the 1930s and ’40s….