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  • South Carolina man who ranted about Jews arrested for planning shooting ‘in the spirit of Dylann Roof’

    (JTA) — A South Carolina man who ranted against Jews was arrested for buying a gun for a shooting “in the spirit of” a white supremacist who killed nine at a black church, according to a federal complaint. Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, a former convict with connections to white supremacists, was arrested Wednesday after he bought a handgun…

  • Hate crimes against Jews in NY have doubled in ’17, police say

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Hate crimes against Jews have more than doubled in New York City since the start of the new year from the same period in 2016, police reported. The city’s Police Department said 56 hate crimes were reported from Jan. 1 to Feb. 12, with 28 of the incidents targeting Jews, according to…

  • Most Americans maintain favorable view of Israel, poll finds

    (JTA) — Seventy-one percent of Americans view Israel favorably, the fourth straight year the Jewish state has received a favorable rating of 70 percent or higher, a Gallup poll found. The survey was released Wednesday, ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States and meeting with President Donald Trump. It was conducted earlier this month. The…

  • Number of US hate groups rose in 2016 — and most are anti-Semitic, civil rights center finds

    (JTA) — The number of hate groups in the United States rose in 2016, and most of them subscribe to anti-Semitic views, a civil rights group found. Last year, 917 hate groups were active, up from 892 in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC released a list of…

  • A wedding saved a woman from deportation — and 4 other surprising Jewish love stories for Valentine’s Day

    In celebration of its 2017 centennial, JTA is highlighting stories from its archive. (JTA) — Since its founding in 1917, JTA has documented the stories of Jews around the world, including unique tales of love, from a Jewish wedding that took place in a hotel room previously reserved for Adolf Hitler to “proxy” marriages that allowed Syrian Jewish…

  • Russian lawmaker: Ancestors of Jewish politicians ‘boiled us in cauldrons’

    (JTA) — A Russian lawmaker in President Vladimir Putin’s party said the ancestors of two Jewish opposition politicians had killed Christians. “Christians survived despite the fact that the ancestors of Boris Vishnevsky and Maksim Reznik boiled us in cauldrons and fed us to animals,” Vitaly Milonov said Sunday, according to Agence France-Presse. Jewish groups and leaders…

  • Comedians in Israel and around the world mock Trump with ‘America First’ parodies

    (JTA) — Donald Trump has given comedy shows like “Saturday Night Live” plenty of material to work with here in the U.S. — but comics around the world are also weighing in on the new president. Comedians from nearly 20 countries — including Israel — have been poking fun at Trump’s “America First” slogan by producing videos…

  • These incredible photos show members of an Indian-Jewish ‘lost tribe’ moving to Israel

    (JTA) — One hundred and two members of the Jewish community in India, who trace their heritage to one of Israel’s lost tribes, are moving to Israel this week. The immigrants, who hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram — home to the second largest concentration of the country’s Bnei Menashe community, as they…

  • Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Over 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his native Poland. On Sunday, his grandson saw those very same sights when he joined about 700 others in this…

  • This Orthodox soup kitchen director rallied support for his Yemeni neighbors. Some donors aren’t happy.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Alexander Rapaport, a Brooklyn Hasid, says his experience being the victim of anti-Semitism forces him to call out hatred against others. So Rapaport, who runs a network of kosher soup kitchens, helped organize a communal show of support last week for a local Yemeni-owned bodega in reaction to President Donald Trump’s executive…