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  • Nazi-themed drinking game in NJ shows need for Holocaust ed, says ADL

    (JTA) — Following the emergence of images showing New Jersey high school students using Nazi and Jewish symbols at a drinking game, a spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League said it showed the need for more education on the Holocaust. Jamaica Ponder, a high school student in Princeton, posted the images of other students online, the…

  • On 2nd Israel visit, Kevin Costner dismisses BDS champion Roger Waters

    (JTA) — At the Israel premiere of a film in which he stars, actor Kevin Costner said he does not care whether anti-Israel activists, including Roger Waters, disapprove of his visit to the Jewish state. “I don’t ask anyone’s permission to travel,” Costner said in an interview Tuesday at a news conference at the Cinema…

  • Panama Papers show Abbas’ son has $1M in PA-linked equity firm

    (JTA) — Tareq Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holds $1 million worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company with ties to the P.A., the “Panama Papers” data leak revealed. The Arab Palestinian Investment Company, or APIC, launched in 1995, is today a major financial player in the Palestinian economy, with…

  • Sanders to attend Vatican conference on social, environmental issues

    (JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders accepted an invitation to visit the Vatican for a conference on social, economic and environmental issues, his campaign said. “Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our…

  • Israel records 26-percent drop in terrorist attacks

    (JTA) — The number of terrorist attacks carried out in Israeli-controlled areas in March decreased by 26 percent over February, making last month’s tally of 123 incidents the lowest recorded since July. The only fatality among victims of March attacks inside Israel was U.S. citizen Taylor Force, a Vanderbilt University student, who was killed in a stabbing…

  • British Jewish leader accuses Labour chair Corbyn of belittling anti-Semitism problem

    (JTA) — A leader of British Jews accused Labour Chairman Jeremy Corbyn of belittling the party’s alleged anti-Semitism problem. Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, leveled the accusation in a statement Thursday, the Jewish News of London reported. “We cannot imagine that any other minority’s concerns would be dismissed…

  • Belgian Jew injured in Brussels attacks becomes Facebook ‘voice of the wounded’

    (JTA) — In a series of Facebook posts from his hospital bed, a Belgian Jew has documented his recovery from the Brussels terrorist attacks — and become a national symbol of resilience and reconciliation. Walter Benjamin lost his right foot in the March 22 explosion at Zaventem Airport, one of three suiciding bombings that rocked the Belgian capital that day,…

  • Anti-Semitic incidents in Austria up more than 80 percent

    (JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Austria increased by more than 80 percent last year, according to the Austrian Forum Against Anti-Semitism. The forum said 465 incidents were recorded during 2015, over 200 of them being Internet postings hostile to Jews. The total number of Internet postings reported to Austria’s constitutional protection authority…

  • Romania accuses Israelis of threatening, hacking official’s email

    (JTA) — Romania issued a warrant for the arrest of a Belgian Jew whom they said had spied with Israelis on an anti-fraud official for a firm once headed by an ex-Mossad chief. Justice Ministry prosecutors in Bucharest this week signed the warrant for the arrest of David Geclowicz, according to a report published Tuesday…

  • North of Paris, a beleaguered Jewish community dares to seder

    SAINT-DENIS, France (JTA) — After three firebombs hit the synagogue of this poor and heavily Muslim suburb of Paris, municipal authorities advised the local Jewish community to lower its profile. Like dozens of attacks on French synagogues since 2000, the January 2009 incident at the Chabad House of Saint-Denis, which did not result in any injuries,…