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  • Bereaved families help celebrate wedding of Renana Meir, daughter of terror victim

    (JTA) — Renana Meir, who witnessed the murder of her mother, Dafna, in January 2016 in a terror attack in their home, was married in a ceremony near Jerusalem on Sunday. Her father, Natan Meir, remarried just weeks ago. Dafna Meir, 38, a mother of four and foster mother of two young children, was stabbed to death at the…

  • Bernie Sanders ally trying a second time to unseat Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    (JTA) — A law professor and Bernie Sanders backer will try again to unseat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida’s safely Democratic 23rd Congressional District. Tim Canova announced Thursday that he will launch a primary challenge to Wasserman Schultz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee. Last August, Wasserman Schultz defeated Canova, 57-43 percent, in the primary despite…

  • David Grossman’s translator donates half of Man Booker Prize money to Israeli rights group

    (JTA) — The translator of David Grossman’s 2017 Man Booker International Prize-winning novel, “A Horse Walks into a Bar,” donated half her winnings to a human rights watchdog group. Jessica Cohen, who split the prize of 50,000 British pounds (approximately $64,000) with the celebrated Israeli novelist, gave half of her portion to B’Tselem, a Jerusalem-based organization…

  • David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize

    (JTA) — Israeli novelist David Grossman has won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. His novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar” was announced as the winner Thursday by Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 judging panel, at a dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Grossman, 63, is the author of more than 17 books of…

  • Nazi objects from WWII, including medical tools for experiments, uncovered in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Police in Argentina discovered original Nazi objects from World War II, including tools for Nazi medical experiments, at a house in Buenos Aires. The objects were found Friday in a hidden room of the house in the northern part of the city. They are in the custody of the justice…

  • Nazi sympathizers’ granddaughter apologizes to survivor whose house her family lived in

    (JTA) — A New Jersey Holocaust survivor has received an unsolicited apology from the granddaughter of Nazi sympathizers who lived in his Nuremberg home after his family was driven out of Germany at the start of the Holocaust. In a letter dated May 17, Doris Schott-Neuse told Peter Hirschmann of Maplewood that she was “deeply ashamed” over…

  • Angela Merkel at Argentine synagogue urges fight against anti-Semitism

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a synagogue in Argentina, said anti-Semitism must be fought “wherever it appears.” She also praised Argentina for receiving Germans who escaped from the Nazis during World War II. In the first hours of her one-day official visit to the South American country, Merkel on…

  • US may leave UN human rights council, Nikki Haley warns

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. is considering its membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council, citing among other things its bias against Israel. In a speech Tuesday to the council in Geneva, Haley cited Israel as one of several factors leading the United States to reconsider its membership. Another…

  • Ex-Marine receives AJC Moral Courage Award for rescuing Israeli embassy bombing victim

    (JTA) — The American Jewish Committee presented its Moral Courage Award to B.G. Willison, an American citizen who rescued Lea Kovensky, a survivor of the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, as well as other injured victims. Willison, then a 24-year-old U.S. Marine stationed in Argentina, was off duty at a cafe…

  • Argentine website’s analysis of Nisman recordings wins Google journalism prize  

    (JTA) — An Argentine news outlet’s analysis of secret recordings concerning the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires won a national prize from Google Argentina and the National Forum of Professional Journalists. The Digital Journalism Innovation Award was announced on Saturday during the 6th National Congress of Digital Journalism, organized by the journalism…