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  • Moroccan Jews reportedly protest UN view on ‘occupied’ Sahara

    (JTA) — Several hundred Moroccan Jews protested against U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s characterization of Western Sahara as occupied by the North African kingdom. The April 30 protest in Mazagan, 120 mile southwest of Rabat, was part of Mimouna, a traditional North African Jewish celebration held the day after Passover, and it featured group singing of…

  • Jewish passengers removed from flight over behavior, not religion, airline says

    (JTA) — Dismissing reports that it discriminated against Jewish passengers in Spain, the British airline EasyJet accused the complainants of rowdy behavior that caused a delay. “Flight EZY3920 from Barcelona to Paris Charles de Gaulle on 1 May 2016 with 180 passengers on board returned to the gate in Barcelona and was met by police due to…

  • Chabad rabbi building ‘1st mikvah in West Africa’ in Nigeria

    (JTA) — An Israeli firm and a Chabad rabbi working in Nigeria are preparing to open the first known Jewish ritual bath, or mikvah, in West Africa. Yisroel Ozen, a prominent Chabad emissary based in Nigeria, is supervising the construction of a mikvah for women in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on land purchased for…

  • Polish town names square after Knesset deputy speaker’s family

    (JTA) — The deputy speaker of the Knesset, Hilik Bar, attended a ceremony in a Polish town that renamed its main square for his great-grandfather, who was murdered in the Holocaust. The renaming ceremony last week in Skulsk, 120 miles west of Warsaw, was in memory of Yitzhak Kotowski, a head of the local Jewish…

  • Despite anti-Semitism scandal, Muslim Labour candidate poised to win London mayoral election

    LONDON (JTA) — With half of the votes counted in London’s local election, Sadiq Khan of Labour maintained a strong lead over the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith. The son of a British Jewish father, Goldsmith, who does not identify himself as a member of the Jewish community, was seen as having conducted a lethargic campaign but…

  • Sheldon Adelson backs Donald Trump, says he’s good for Israel

    (JTA) — Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson said he will back Donald Trump now that Trump has locked up the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. “I think that Donald Trump will be good for Israel,” Adelson, who is Jewish, told the BBC on Thursday, appearing at a gala in New York for the World Values Network. What was unclear is if…

  • Israel Air Force destroys Hamas post after mortar fire

    (JTA) — Retaliating for the firing of mortars on Israeli troops near the border with Gaza, Israel Air Force aircraft destroyed a Hamas facility south of Gaza City. The strike Friday morning, in which a missile was launched at a Hamas watch post, followed the targeting from the Gaza Strip of soldiers patrolling the fence along…

  • Spanish archaeologists unearth rare 13th-century portrait of a Jew

    (JTA) — Archaeologists in Spain identified a rare depiction of a Jewish man on a piece of pottery from the 13th century. The fragment was unearthed in Teruel, 140 miles east of Madrid, in 2004 but catalogued only in 2011 and identified this year by the archaeologist Antonio Hernandez Pardos, who wrote about in this month’s…

  • For 1st time since August, whole month with no Israeli fatalities in terrorist attacks

    (JTA) — April was the first month in half a year in which no Israeli was killed in a terrorist attack. With a total of 115 attacks, the figure for April continued a six-month downward trend in the number of incidents in Israeli-controlled areas and is the lowest monthly total recorded since July, when 103 attacks…

  • Jewish high schoolers picket Polish consulate in NY to protest ‘Holocaust whitewash’

    (JTA) — Some 200 demonstrators outside the Polish consulate in New York protested what they termed “attempts to deny Polish war crimes during the Holocaust.” The rally was organized by Rabbi Zev Friedman, the dean of a suburban New York high school, in response to the interrogation last month of a Polish Jewish scholar, Jan Gross,…