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  • White House hails Israel’s dismantling of Temple Mount metal detectors

    (JTA) – The White House lauded Israel for dismantling metal detectors near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem that had spurred violent clashes between Muslims and Israeli police, but Palestinian officials called for sustained protests. “The United States applauds the efforts of Israel to maintain security while reducing tensions in the region,” press secretary Sean Spicer…

  • EU top court keeps Hamas designation as terrorist group

    (JTA) – The European Union’s top court reversed a 2015 ruling that said Hamas was unjustly blacklisted by Brussels as a terrorist group. Wednesday’s ruling by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice was on an appeal made by EU justice officials against the earlier ruling by the General Court of the European Union, which is an administrative…

  • Second anti-Israel protest staged outside Istanbul synagogue

    (JTA) — For the second time in less than a week, protesters demonstrated against Israel outside a synagogue in Istanbul over Israel’s decision to put up metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount. The latest incident reported in the Turkish media occurred Saturday outside the Ahrida Synagogue on the European side of the…

  • Sephardi heritage center honors Spanish politician who said Israel massacres children

    (JTA) — A prominent Spanish organization that is dedicated to preserving the country’s Jewish heritage awarded a prize to a local politician who had accused Israel of “massacring” Palestinian children. The Centro Sefarad-Israel, which was created with government funding in 2006 and based in Madrid, awarded its Crown of Esther prize on Thursday to Maite…

  • Chechnya’s Jewish community doesn’t exist — but it’s angry at Israel

    (JTA) — While Russia’s mainstream Jewish leaders in Moscow firmly backed Israel’s actions in clashes this week with Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the small Jewish community of Chechnya broke ranks with them and boldly condemned the Jewish state’s “provocations” against Muslims in the holy city. At least that was the story reported in the…

  • Istanbul protesters of Temple Mount metal detectors kick synagogue’s doors

    (JTA) — Demonstrators in Istanbul protesting the installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem kicked a synagogue’s doors and hurled objects at it. Several dozen men gathered around Neve Shalom with anti-Israel signs on Thursday night in what the Turkish Jewish community on Twitter called “intimidation and provocation.” The community called on…

  • Three Palestinians reported killed in riots over Temple Mount metal detectors

    (JTA) — Three Palestinians were killed in clashes between rioters and police in Jerusalem and the West Bank over the Israeli government’s decision to keep in place indefinitely metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, the Palestinian media reported. Thousands of Israeli soldiers and troops were deployed in eastern Jerusalem following riots Thursday,…

  • Businesses use Kushner’s White House connection to lure Chinese investors

    (JTA) — Two businesses working with Jared Kushner’s family real estate company used his status  as a top aide to President Donald Trump to lure Chinese investors, even after the firm had apologized for touting the connection during a sales pitch in May, CNN reported. References to Kushner are part of online promotions by two…

  • Why this poster of a Jewish man and a Muslim woman kissing caused a scandal in Europe

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — In a country where sex toys are displayed in shop windows and television commercials often feature nudity, a picture of a clothed, heterosexual couple kissing may not seem like the stuff of scandal. But precisely such an image — part of a poster campaign celebrating diversity in the Netherlands — has triggered…

  • Anti-Semitism, Hungary and Netanyahu: What you need to know

    (JTA) — To critics of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister’s visit to Hungary this week was a disgrace and an abandonment of local Jews in their fight against a government that is widely seen as one of Europe’s worst promoters of anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism. Yet other Hungarian Jewish leaders and observers of Israel-Hungary…