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  • Bipartisan bill would boost penalties for anti-Semitic bomb threats

    (JTA) — A bipartisan bill would increase the federal penalty for bomb threats and other threats of violence against religious institutions and ensure such acts can be prosecuted as a hate crime. The bipartisan Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017, introduced Monday by Reps. David Kustoff, R-Tenn., and Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., comes after over 150 bomb threat hoaxes…

  • Global event held in Buenos Aires for LGBT Jews

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — LGBT Jews held their first global event in South America in Buenos Aires. JAG, the organization of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transexual Jews in Argentina and the World Congress of LGBT Jews organized the first global event in South America, gathering participants from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, France, Italy, Mexico, and the…

  • UN committee chief backs Argentina’s proposed revamp for anti-terror law

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina’s proposed update of its 10-year-old anti-terrorism law received the support of a United Nations committee leader after earlier gaining the backing of the Jewish community. Jean-Paul Laborde, who heads the Executive Directorate of the U.N. Security Council’s Counterterrorism Committee, met this week with Argentine officials from the Ministry of…

  • Netanyahu support for Trump’s wall triggers wave of online anti-Semitism in Mexico

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The support expressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in January for President Donald Trump wanting to build a wall separating the United States and Mexico has triggered an “alarming” wave of anti-Semitism online, according to an Argentine Jewish watchdog. A report by the Argentine Observatorio Web released earlier this…

  • UNESCO exhibit about Jews in Israel opens in Buenos Aires

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A UNESCO exhibition about the Jewish presence in the land of Israel that sparked controversy has gone on display for the first time translated into Spanish. “People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land,” which was co-created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is on display…

  • Argentina marks 25 years since attack on Buenos Aires embassy

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was remembered in the Argentine city exactly 25 years after it was blown up by a car bomb. The ceremony marking the attack took place at 2:50 p.m. Friday, the time that the embassy was destroyed in 1992 in…

  • Former US envoy to Israel Dan Shapiro to join hedge fund

    (JTA) — Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro is joining ION Asset Management, a hedge fund that focuses on Israeli and Israel-related securities as a senior adviser. Shapiro will “advise ION about key issues relating to its funds and portfolio companies, particularly regarding relevant geopolitical and commercial matters,” according to a statement issued Wednesday. Shapiro,…

  • Argentine president to hold historic meeting with Israeli survivors of 1992 embassy bombing

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — For the first time, an Argentine president will meet with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. President Mauricio Macri will host a group of 30 Israelis on Friday morning at his official residence prior to a ceremony marking…

  • Physicist Mildred Dresselhaus, ‘Queen of Carbon,’ dies at 86

    (JTA) — Physicist Mildred Dresselhaus, the daughter of impoverished Polish Jewish immigrants whose pioneering research into the thermal and electrical properties of carbon earned her the nickname “Queen of Carbon,” has died. Dresselhaus, who also was an advocate for women in science fields, died Monday at 86. Her research was foundational to the field called nanoscience, in which…

  • Members of Congress urge feds to probe JCC bomb threats with ‘urgency’

    (JTA) — More than 150 members of Congress signed on to a letter urging federal law enforcement officials to investigate recent bomb threats leveled at Jewish community centers across the country. Wednesday’s bipartisan letter, which was initiated by Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., urged the Department of Homeland Security, the attorney general and the…