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  • US embassy in Kiev criticized for praising Ukrainian nationalist

    (JTA) — A Ukrainian Jewish leader criticized the U.S. embassy’s praise for a writer who allegedly worked for an anti-Semitic newspaper. The embassy celebrated the legacy of Olena Teliha Wednesday in a Facebook post that designated her one of the “women who inspire Ukraine” in connection with ‪Women’s History Month. Teliha was an activist for the…

  • US Chabad rabbi loses appeal against deportation from Russia

    (JTA) — A Russian appeals court affirmed an expulsion order issued against an American rabbi working in Sochi, in what a local leader of the Chabad movement called a “dark day” for Jews. In its ruling Tuesday against Ari Edelkopf, the Krasnodar Court of Appeals accepted the determination of a Sochi tribunal that Edelkopf, who had been…

  • Why these 5 European Jews are promoting far-right parties

    (JTA) —  They speak different languages and live in different countries. Some of them are strictly observant. Others don’t even keep kosher. Some are Sephardi, others are Ashkenazi. As diverse as the Jewish communities to which they belong, the Jews who promote Europe’s rising nationalistic parties are nonetheless united in their fear of radical Islam,…

  • Ukrainian war hero and lawmaker slurs Jews

    (JTA) — A Ukrainian lawmaker and war hero used a word usually translated as “kikes” in complaining that Jews wield excessive power in her country. Nadiya Savchenko, a fighter jet pilot who was elected to parliament in 2014 while she was still being held as a prisoner of Russia, made the statements on Saturday during…

  • Holocaust memorial vandalized in western Ukraine

    (JTA) — Nazi symbols were spray-painted on a monument to Holocaust victims in Ukraine that was erected near their mass graves. The letter X was painted on the Star of David emblazoned on the monument near the western city of Ternopil. A swastika was drawn on the Hebrew-language section of the monument and the SS…

  • Truck accident topples gravestones in Jewish cemetery near Paris

    (JTA) — A truck belonging to the city of Paris plowed through a Jewish cemetery near the French capital and toppled 13 tombstones in what authorities said was an accident. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred March 20 in the northeastern suburb of Pantin. The driver of the municipal truck veered into…

  • ‘Birthright for moms’ brings nearly 1,000 Jewish dads to Israel

    (JTA) — An organization that has brought 10,000 Jewish mothers on subsidized trips to Israel has also brought nearly 1,000 fathers since launching its program for men in 2013. The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, which was founded in 2008 and is based in Rockville, Maryland, to date has brought 975 men to Israel from seven countries,…

  • Freemasons boss assaulted in suspected anti-Semitic incident in Paris

    PARIS (JTA) — A leader of the Freemasons in France said he was assaulted on the street by a woman carrying a hammer who called him a Jew. Christophe Habas, the master of the Grand Orient of France, suffered superficial wounds in the incident Wednesday night as he was walking to a metro station in…

  • Kibbutz movement to celebrate 50 years of settlements in disputed Golan

    (JTA) – Left-wing members of the kibbutz movement are protesting the organization’s sponsorship of an event celebrating 50 years of settlement on the Golan Heights, which the critics say is occupied territory. Several members of the left-leaning Meretz party who belong to the movement wrote an open letter last week expressing their disapproval of the…

  • 20 Zionist motorcyclists making trip from London to Maccabiah Games 

    (JTA) — Ahead of the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, 20 motorcyclists from Europe will ride from London to Jerusalem to express solidarity with the Jewish state. The inaugural Ride for Solidarity initiative is scheduled to depart from the British capital on June 13 and reach Israel in time for the opening of the Maccabiah,…