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  • Response to anti-Semitism drives a wedge between British Jews and Labour leader

    (JTA) — Even before he was kicked out of Britain’s Labour Party for saying that Israel runs the Islamic State terrorist group, Bob Campbell was a marginal figure within the party. A former forest ranger and first-aid trainer from northern England, Campbell, 49, began his Labour career last year volunteering to help the campaign of…

  • Uman hotel refuses to rent rooms to Jews, Ukrainian Jewish leader says

    (JTA) — A hotel in Uman is refusing to rent out rooms to Jews, a leader of Ukraine’s Jewish community said. Eduard Dolinsky, the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, wrote Thursday on Facebook that an administrator at Uman City Plaza told him the policy was in place because the last time that Jews were…

  • Belgium’s vice PM likens terrorists escaping capture to Jews hiding from Nazis

    (JTA) — In explaining how terrorists in hiding could avoid capture, Belgium’s vice prime minister compared their situation to that of Jews who hid from Nazis. Jan Jambon made the analogy last week during an interview with VTM, a Flemish-language television station, the news website Knack reported Wednesday. Claude Maroniower, a Belgian-Jewish alderman in the city of Antwerp, complained…

  • Israel’s ambassador to Hungary blasts mainstream daily’s anti-Semitic columns

    (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Hungary wrote to a newspaper editor condemning what he said was a columnist’s anti-Semitic writings. Ilan Mor’s April 4 letter to Peter Petan, editor-in-chief of Magyar Hirlap, were about articles by Zsolt Bayer, a co-founder of the ruling Fidesz party, that “openly advocate anti-Semitic sentiments and incite against the Jewish…

  • In Ukraine, a Jewish wunderkind becomes prime minister

    VINNYTSIA, Ukraine (JTA) — Like many Ukrainian mayors, Vlodymir Groysman used to visit his local synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah. But unlike most of them Groysman, the former mayor of Vinnytsia, did not visit the synagogue as a political gesture. He was going in his private capacity as a member of his central Ukraine…

  • Norwegian rappers Karpe Diem slammed for using ‘Jew,’ Ariel Sharon as insults

    (JTA) — A popular Norwegian rap duo was accused of mainstreaming anti-Semitism by using “Jew” and Ariel Sharon as insults in its latest single. Karpe Diem, which has sold hundreds of thousands of CDs in Norway since its creation in 2000, released “Attitude Problems” last week, the online edition of the Verdens Gang daily reported Wednesday….

  • Despite rising emigration, 2,000 Russian Jews expected for Limmud Moscow

    (JTA) — More than 2,000 Muscovite Jews, including a chief rabbi of Russia, have signed up to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Limmud FSU — a group that organizes Jewish learning conferences for Russian speakers. The expected record-setting attendance for the four-day event in the Russian capital, which starts Thursday, would makes Limmud Moscow the…

  • Dutch voters snub EU-Ukraine treaty supported by Ukrainian Jews

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A treaty to increase European Union-Ukraine ties was dealt a blow when 60 percent of Dutch voters in a national referendum on the deal voted nay. The leadership of Ukraine’s Jewish community had lobbied hard in favor of the treaty. In an apparent expression of anti-EU sentiment, 60 percent of those who voted in the referendum…

  • Israeli Orthodox rabbis draft gay inclusion guidelines

    (JTA) — An Orthodox rabbinic organization in Israel drafted what it said is the first Jewish legal document by such a group on how Orthodox communities in the country could include homosexuals. The document by the nonprofit Beit Hillel, a rabbinical group of 200 members that promotes inclusiveness in Orthodox Judaism, “sets forth guidelines, which are founded…

  • Israeli tourist stabbed in New York subway robbery

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Police are searching for a suspect in the stabbing of an Israeli tourist on a subway platform in Manhattan. Abraham Fekete, 55, had dozed off on a bench when, just before 3:30 a.m., he was attacked by an unidentified man, who slashed his neck, arm and hands before running away with his cash,…