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  • Macron’s party boots politician over anti-Israel tweets deemed anti-Semitic

    (JTA) — The party of France’s president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, withdrew from its parliamentary elections ticket a politician who made statements deemed anti-Semitic. Christian Gerin, a journalist, was taken off the En Marche ticket on Friday, a day after he was nominated to represent the party in next month’s elections for the French parliament, in connection…

  • Far-right activists film anti-Soros ‘raid’ on Budapest Jewish center

    (JTA) — Far-right activists in Budapest targeted a Jewish community center that serves as the headquarters of several ethnic and refugee activist groups, filming themselves as they put up defaced posters of the Jewish billionaire George Soros. The video was filmed last week outside the Aurora community center by members of the far-right Sixty-Four Counties Youth…

  • Norway’s largest trade union calls for blanket boycott of Israel

    (JTA) — Norway’s largest trade union reaffirmed its support for boycotts of Israel. The assembly of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions on Friday called for a total boycott of Israel in a nonbonding resolution. The confederation, known locally as LO, represents over 900,000 unionized workers in the country – more than one quarter of…

  • Roma, Jews in Hungary celebrate gypsy singer’s progress in Eurovision song contest

    (JTA) — Roma and Jewish groups in Hungary celebrated as a Roma singer’s song about oppressed minorities advanced to the finals of the Eurovision song contest. Joci Pápai, 35, is the first Roma to represent Hungary in the continental song competition among 42 countries. He made the cut in the semi-finals Thursday night in Kiev, along…

  • Cambridge college sorry for mishandling complaint of anti-Semitic abuse

    (JTA) — The head of a prestigious Cambridge college apologized to two students for “significant deficiences” in how the school handled their complaints of anti-Semitic abuse. Jane Stapleton, Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge, said on Thursday that the College now “accepts that racist and anti-Semitic conduct occurred and has apologized to the students who reported…

  • French mayor bows to far right and shutters Holocaust exhibition

    (JTA) — A French mayor closed down an exhibition on the Holocaust at the urging of politicians from the far-right National Front party, who said it constituted illicit campaigning near a polling station on election day. The exhibit, depicting police officers who saved Jews during the Holocaust, was shut down by the mayor of Ploeren…

  • Student body passes call for Cal State Long Beach to boycott Israel

    (JTA) — A student association affiliated with California State University, Long Beach passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies “profiting from Palestinian oppression.” The senate of Associated Students, Inc., a nonprofit membership association and auxiliary organization of the university, passed the call Wednesday. The resolution is addressed to the university but is not binding, according to the…

  • Palestinian killed in riot near Ramallah

    (JTA) — A Palestinian man in his twenties was killed during clashes near Ramallah with Israeli security forces. Saba Abu Ubeid, a resident of the West Bank district of Salfit, was killed after being hit in the chest with a bullet in the village of Nabi Saleh on Friday, according to the Ma’an news agency, which…

  • Steven Seagal, a Putin ally, barred from entering Ukraine

    (JTA) — Ukraine has banned the American action movie star Steven Seagal, who last year received Russian citizenship in a ceremony from President Vladimir Putin. A spokesman for the Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, confirmed the blacklisting of Seagal, a martial arts expert whose father was a Jew of Russian descent, in a statement…

  • Brussels rabbi implores EU official to defend ritual slaughter in Belgium

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The chief rabbi of Brussels urged a senior EU official to intervene to prevent Belgium’s largest region from banning ritual slaughter of animals. Rabbi Albert Guigui made the plea publicly in the presence of Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission, during a rabbinical conference Tuesday in Hoofdorp, about…