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  • Far-right Austrian leader tours Israel, Holocaust museum

    (JTA) — The leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party is touring Israel four years after he posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his Facebook page. Heinz-Christian Strache visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday and said he was in the country on an official visit at the invitation of the Likud party….

  • 174 Oberlin profs sign letter condemning colleague’s anti-Semitic posts

    (JTA) — A letter condemning an Oberlin professor’s anti-Semitic Facebook posts has garnered signatures from the majority of the Ohio college’s faculty members, but has generated criticism from some professors of Africana studies. Politics professor Marc Blecher, one of the letter’s organizers and drafters, shared the letter with JTA but asked that the signers’ names not be published because he…

  • India’s Jews renew push for official minority status

    (JTA) — India’s approximately 5,000-member Jewish community is renewing its request for official government recognition as a minority group, submitting an application to the country’s minority affairs ministry. READ: 6.7 magnitude earthquake slams India’s Jewish community Official recognition would make it easier for Jews to register marriages, establish educational institutions and “practice and promote our…

  • UK Muslims more anti-Semitic than general population, poll finds

    (JTA) — A poll of British Muslims revealed that they are more anti-Semitic than the general population, and also differ from the larger community on numerous social issues. The poll was conducted for a television documentary that will air Wednesday called “What British Muslims Really Think.” According to reports in several British media outlets, the poll found…

  • Ugandan Jews get official recognition from Jewish Agency

    (JTA) — A Jewish community in Africa has moved one step closer to gaining formal recognition from the Israeli government. The Jewish Agency said in a letter to Israel’s Conservative movement that the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, a community whose members formally converted to Judaism under Conservative auspices, are a “recognized” community, Haaretz reported Tuesday….

  • Ivanka Trump not eligible to vote in NY primary

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ivanka Trump won’t be voting for her father, Republican candidate Donald Trump, in the New York primary because she missed a voter registration deadline. Ivanka Trump, who underwent an Orthodox conversion to Judaism in 2009, did not switch her voter affiliation from independent to Republican on time, meaning she is not…

  • 12-year-old female Palestinian stabber to get early prison release

    (JTA) — A 12-year-old Palestinian girl who confessed to planning a stabbing attack will be released early from prison. The Israel Prison Service announced Monday that because of her “young age,” the girl, who was arrested in February outside a West Bank settlement, will be released on April 24, six weeks before she was initially…

  • Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary at Jewish nursing home in Bronx

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at a Jewish senior care home in the Bronx. At RiverSpring Health (formerly the Hebrew Home for the Aged) on Monday, eight days before the New York primary, Clinton spoke to hundreds of residents about his wife’s record on…

  • Bruce Wenger, former NYC prosecutor, dies at 49

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Bruce Wenger, a prosecutor who went into private practice as a defense attorney, died suddenly at 49 while commuting to work on a train. Wenger, of West Hempstead, New York, is believed to have suffered an aneurysm last week while riding the Long Island Rail Road, the Daily News reported. His…

  • Orthodox rabbinical group in Israel calls for welcoming ‘people with homosexual orientations’

    (JTA) — An Orthodox rabbinic organization in Israel has published what it says is the first Jewish legal document of its kind calling for a more welcoming approach to homosexual Jews. Released Sunday at a conference of Beit Hillel, a rabbinical group that promotes inclusiveness in Orthodox Judaism, the document says that while gay sex…