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  • Israeli teen among 39 killed in Istanbul nightclub attack

    (JTA) — A 19-year-old Israeli woman was among at least 39 people killed in an apparent terrorist attack on an Istanbul nightclub. Lian Zaher Nasser, 19, from the Arab city of Tira, was killed in the attack, which occurred at around 1 a.m. Saturday at the Reina nightclub in the  Ortakoy neighborhood, Army Radio reported….

  • Greek game firm closes Auschwitz ‘escape room’ following complaints

    (JTA) — An entertainment company in Greece canceled a game in which players use clues to escape from a room themed around the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The Rubicon agency, which is located in the northern Athens suburb of Galatsi, in recent weeks advertised the Auschwitz “escape room” on social media. Jews and non-Jews complained it was disrespectful…

  • Ex-POW featured in Hillary Clinton campaign ads dies

    (JTA) — Joel Sollender, a World War II prisoner of war who appeared in television ads for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has died. The cause of his death on Tuesday evening was congestive heart failure, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday. Sollender, who was Jewish, was 92. “He had a great patriotic feeling about this…

  • In rare move, Spanish town votes to reverse BDS resolution it passed this year

    (JTA) — In a rare move, a Spanish municipality voted to nullify a resolution it had passed earlier this year endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Santa Eulalia, a town on the island of Ibiza 300 miles southeast of Madrid, last week nullified in a vote the pro-BDS resolution it passed in…

  • Dutch insurer defends circumcision coverage

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – A major insurer in the Netherlands defended its coverage of circumcision in boys younger than 18 for religious reasons amid criticism of the practice and the impact of Islam in society. Zilveren Kruis, the kingdom’s largest insurer, included religious circumcision in its 2017 brochure published earlier this month. “We are seeing that some of…

  • British government slams Kerry’s ‘focus only’ on settlements, Israeli politics

    (JTA) — The British government in an unusual move criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for focusing on Israeli settlements and commenting on the makeup of the Israeli Cabinet in a speech critical of Israeli policies. A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that it was inappropriate of Kerry to attack the…

  • Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy revisits Jewish roots in new book

    PARIS (JTA) — It’s a vague childhood memory, but the French celebrity philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy still remembers the first time he was bullied for being Jewish. “Three idiots in a Paris play yard tell me: ‘You don’t get to have Christmas presents because you’re a dirty Jew and Jews killed Jesus.’ Maybe I cry a…

  • Hungarian rabbi spurns Hanukkah greetings from far-right party over anti-Semitism

    (JTA) – A prominent rabbi from Budapest rejected an unusual Hanukkah greeting from the far-right Jobbik party, citing its alleged anti-Semitism. Rabbi Slomo Koves, leader of the Orthodox Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, in an open letter Wednesday spurned the greeting his office received earlier this week from the party’s chairman, Gabor Vona. “It’s a nice…

  • Norway public broadcaster apologizes for spoofing Holocaust in satirical video

    (JTA) — Norway’s public broadcaster apologized for referencing Nazi death camps and the Jewish genocide in a satirical cartoon about the financial situation of university students. “This cartoon should not have spoofed the Nazi genocide, and we’re sorry this reference obstructed what the sketch is really about,” a spokesperson for the NRK broadcaster wrote on…

  • Jewish immigration to Israel dips 13% overall despite a 10-year high from Russia

    (JTA) — Bucking a noticeable decrease in Jewish immigration to Israel this year, the number of Russian Jews who moved there has reached a 10-year record of 7,000 newcomers. Overall, some 27,000 people moved to Israel this year under its Law of Return for Jews and their relatives, or made aliyah, according to the Jewish…