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  • Russian court orders a 2nd Chabad rabbi deported this year

    (JTA) — For the second time this year, Russian authorities have ordered out of the country a foreign Chabad rabbi who had lived there for years. This week, a Moscow district court ordered Yosef Khersonsky, an Israeli who heads one of the capital’s communities, to leave the Russian Federation in connection with his “setting up…

  • Jewish Israelis less certain of Trump’s support for their state, poll suggests

    (JTA) — A poll in Israel about President Donald Trump suggested his popularity among Jews there has declined since he first took office. In the poll of 500 Jewish-Israeli adults conducted this week for The Jerusalem Post, 56 percent said they considered the Trump administration more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian. In January, 79 percent of respondents…

  • Norwegian Jewish leader: Trade union’s boycott vote was anti-Semitic

    (JTA) – In a rare rebuke, the leader of Norway’s Jewish community said that anti-Semitism motivated a local trade union to pass a resolution urging a boycott of Israel. Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish Community in Oslo, said the vote last week by the assembly of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions “is anti-Semitic…

  • French President Emmanuel Macron’s party withdraws 2nd candidate who supported BDS

    (JTA) – For the second time this month, the party of French President Emmanuel Macron withdrew from its parliamentary elections ticket a candidate who promoted online a boycott of Israel. William Tchamaha was removed Thursday from the En Marche centrist party’s list in the northern Seine-Maritime in next month’s elections, the news site Actu reported. CRIF,…

  • Swastikas painted on synagogue, rabbi’s headstone smashed in Ukraine

    (JTA) — Two swastikas were painted on the front door of a synagogue in western Ukraine and, in a separate incident, the headstone of a prominent rabbi’s grave was smashed. The incident involving the swastikas was discovered last week in Chernivtsi, a city located some 250 miles southwest of Kiev, according to the Euro-Asian Jewish…

  • Israeli minister dismisses critics who panned Jerusalem dress at Cannes

    (JTA) – Israel’s culture minister dismissed criticism over her wearing to the Cannes Film Festival’s opening a dress whose hem features an image of Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is not a provocation, and it was lovely to see how much affection the dress received at Cannes,” Miri Regev, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightist Likud…

  • Trump: Netanyahu may join me at the Western Wall

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump said he has not ruled out inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join him when he visits Jerusalem’s Western Wall. “We have not yet made a final decision about my visit to the Western Wall,” Trump, who is scheduled to visit Israel next week, told the Israel Hayom newspaper in…

  • Rabbi reportedly lets Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner fly with president on Shabbat

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have received rabbinic approval to fly with him on Shabbat to the Middle East and Europe, Politico reported. A White House official said the couple, who are Orthodox Jews, have received a rabbinical dispensation to join the president aboard Air Force One as…

  • ADL warns Homeland Security: Don’t hire ‘extremist’ sheriff David Clarke

    (JTA) — Joining critics of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, the Anti-Defamation League warned that his reported consideration for a senior post at the Department of Homeland Security is “shameful” and “dangerous.” Clarke, who has said he would “grab Democrats by the throat” and whom ADL said has ties to “two anti-government groups well known…

  • Anti-Semitic sentiment fell in 3 European countries, ADL polls find

    (JTA) — The prevalence of anti-Semitic sentiment has dropped in three European countries over surveys from 2014 and 2015, according to polls conducted this year by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL interviewed 500 people each in Germany, the United Kingdom and France by telephone, the organization said in a summary of the study it unveiled Thursday….