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  • University of Chile Law Faculty Student Union approves academic boycott of Israel

    (JTA) — The University of Chile’s Law Faculty Student Union voted to approve a boycott, divestment and sanctions resolution against Israel. The resolution approved a week ago prohibits any academic interaction with the State of Israel or its citizens. The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday urged the University’s rector, Ennio Vivaldi Vejar, to nullify the resolution…

  • First Jewish gay marriage in Latin America held at Argentine synagogue

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The first Jewish same-sex wedding ceremony in Latin America was celebrated at a Buenos Aires synagogue. Victoria Escobar, 36, a convert to Judaism, and Romina Charur, 35, were married on Sunday evening at NCI Emanu El Temple in the Argentine capital. Some 300 guests attended the ceremony, which was officiated…

  • First Jewish gay marriage in Latin America to be held at Argentine synagogue

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A synagogue in Buenos Aires will host the first official same-sex Jewish marriage held in a synagogue in Latin America. The synagogue and Jewish community center NCI-Emanu El and the LGTB organization Judios Argentinos Gay (Jews Argentinian Gays), or JAG, announced Wednesday that the assembly of NCI last month unanimously…

  • Soccer star Lionel Messi ripped as ‘Jewish’ and ‘Zionist’ after donating cleats in Egypt

    (JTA) — Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi was slammed as “Jewish” and a “Zionist” by Egyptian officials after donating his soccer shoes to a charity in Egypt. Messi, who plays for the Barcelona Football Club, was interviewed last week on the Egyptian television program “Yes, I Am Famous” on the private network MBC Masr. “One of…

  • Obama offers Argentina help in AMIA investigation

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — President Barack Obama offered Argentina help in pursuing the perpetrators of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. At a news conference Wednesday in Buenos Aires following his meeting with Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, Obama said he would visit a memorial to the bombing victims at…

  • Argentine VP says government committed to truth on ’90s attacks

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — At a commemoration for the victims of a 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli embassy in Argentina, officials from that country’s new government said they were committed to investigating that attack and another one attributed to Iran and Hezbollah. Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti cited the presence of high-ranking officials at Thursday’s…

  • Argentine president ‘determined’ to discover truth of Nisman’s death

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Argentine President Mauricio Macri said he is “determined” to discover the truth about the death of AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman. “Everything that happened made us look weak in the world,” Macri told The Associated Press as part of a long-ranging interview published Thursday. “But now we are determined to bring…

  • World Jewish Congress to honor Paraguay’s president with peace prize

    (JTA) — President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay will be recognized by the World Jewish Congress for what the group said was his “contributions to building coexistence.” Cartes will receive the Shalom Prize, the WJC’s Latin American branch and Cartes’ office both announced Tuesday. The prize, which was established to recognize individuals or organizations who seek…

  • Manuel Tenenbaum, Latin American Jewish Congress head for 3 decades, dies

    (JTA) — Manuel Tenenbaum, who served for three decades as head of the Latin American Jewish Congress, has died. Tenenbaum, who was also an educator and author, died and was buried Tuesday in his native Montevideo, Uruguay. He was 81. In 1978, he was named executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress, leading the…

  • Argentine rabbi tapped as government minister

    Rabbi Sergio Bergman, who will become minister of environment and sustainable development on Dec. 10, is believed to be the only rabbi serving as a government minister outside of Israel.