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  • Marco Rubio at Florida synagogue: Israel ‘will not have a better friend than me’

    (JTA) — Speaking at a Florida synagogue, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio promised that if he were elected president, “Israel will not have a better friend than me.” “We are going to take a side and we are going to be on Israel’s,” the Florida senator said, according to USA Today. “I think Israel is willing to be incredibly…

  • Adam Sandler buys ‘plumber’s menorah’ at Jewish-owned NY hardware store

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Hollywood star Adam Sandler bought a $150 “plumber’s menorah” at a Jewish-owned Manhattan hardware store. The actor spotted the unusual Hanukkah candelabra in the window of Beacon Paint & Hardware while shooting a Noah Baumbach film, “Yen Din Ka Kissa,” on the Upper West Side and sent a staffer to buy…

  • Arab League declares Hezbollah a terror group

    (JTA) — The Arab League has declared the Lebanon-based Shiite group Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Lebanon and Iraq, which expressed “reservations,” were the only two members of the 22-member pan-Arab group not to vote in favor of the declaration Friday, according to the Times of Israel. Iran, which funds Hezbollah, is not a member of…

  • Guinness confirms candy-making Holocaust survivor is world’s oldest man

    .textad {display: none!important;} (JTA) — It’s official: Yisrael Kristal, a 112-year-old Holocaust survivor and Israeli citizen, is the world’s oldest living man. Guinness World Records confirmed Yisrael Kristal’s status on its website Friday. In January, JTA and other media reported that Kristal, who survived Auschwitz and the Lodz Ghetto, was likely the world’s oldest man, but…

  • 4 alleged accomplices of Copenhagen synagogue killer identified as trial starts

    (JTA) — The four men accused of assisting the gunman in two deadly attacks last year, including one outside a Copenhagen synagogue, were identified publicly as their trial opened in the Danish capital. On Thursday, a three-judge panel released the names of the defendants, who are pleading innocent, according to The Associated Press. Bhostan Khan…

  • Airbnb gets 140,000-signature petition protesting settler rentals

    (JTA) — An international coalition of pro-Palestinian groups is demanding that the online vacation rental company Airbnb immediately stop listing properties in West Bank Israeli settlements. The groups, which include Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, made the demands in a petition delivered to Airbnb offices in London,…

  • Swastikas found on 2 Indiana campuses

    (JTA) — Two Indiana universities — the University of Indianapolis and Purdue — were vandalized with swastikas this week. According to The Associated Press, University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel sent an email to students Tuesday saying a swastika was discovered scratched into a bust of a Chinese artist. On Monday, a swastika and anti-Semitic…

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg to publish first book as Supreme Court justice

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ruth Bader Ginsburg will publish her first book since becoming a Supreme Court justice in 1993 — and it will include her thoughts on being Jewish. The New York-based publisher Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that Ginsburg’s “In My Own Words” will be available in hardcover, ebook and audiobook forms in…

  • UK’s Labour Party brings back member accused of anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Britain’s Labour Party has readmitted a member who runs a website that publishes articles deemed anti-Semitic. Gerry Downing, who operates the Socialist Fight website and has defended ISIS and the 9/11 terrorists, was expelled from Labour in August for “publicly supporting another political party,” according to The Telegraph. On Wednesday, during a session in Parliament,…

  • 4 accused in Denmark synagogue attack going on trial

    (JTA) — Four men accused of assisting a gunman whose two attacks, including one outside a Copenhagen synagogue, killed two people more than a year ago are set to go on trial. The four, who allegedly provided ammunition, money and other materials used by the Palestinian-Danish assailant, range in age from 20-31 and are all…