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  • 93-year-old Auschwitz guard dies a week before trial

    (JTA) — A former SS guard died a week before he was scheduled to go on trial for his alleged role in the murder of more than 1,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Ernest Tremmel’s death was announced Thursday, The Jerusalem Post reported. Tremmel, 93, was scheduled to go on trial…

  • Palestinians circulating new UN resolution condemning settlements

    (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority is circulating to U.N. Security Council members a draft resolution condemning Israeli building in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The resolution, which P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly is hoping to bring to a vote in two weeks, was reported Thursday by Haaretz, which cited Western diplomats and senior Palestinian officials….

  • 4 NY cops who allegedly took bribes from 2 businessmen disciplined

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York Police Department has put two high-ranking officers on modified assignment and transferred two others after an FBI investigation turned up evidence indicating they had accepted cash and expensive gifts from two businessman, including one politically active in Borough Park’s Orthodox community. Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post said…

  • Muslim mayoral candidate in London slams Labour for failing to address anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — The Labour Party candidate in London’s mayoral race, a Muslim, said he is “embarrassed” and “sorrowful” about his party’s failure to take on anti-Semitism. Sadiq Khan, who is of Pakistani descent, said Tuesday in a speech at a London Jewish community center that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn needs to be “trained about what…

  • Israel braces for annual Anonymous cyberattack

    (JTA) — Israel’s security agencies are bracing for potential cyberattacks on Thursday. Agence France Press reported that the country is on high alert in anticipation of attacks by the international hacker group Anonymous, which targets Israel each year on April 7 as a demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinians. Since 2013, the group has targeted…

  • Stanford student leader: It’s not anti-Semitic to claim Jews control media, economy

    (JTA) — A member of Stanford University’s Student Senate argued that it is “not anti-Semitism” to claim Jews control “the media, economy, government and other social institutions.” Gabriel Knight, a junior, made the remark at a Student Senate meeting Tuesday addressing a proposed resolution on anti-Semitism, according to the Stanford Daily, the main campus newspaper. Knight…

  • Marc Gafni’s group disputes report that Whole Foods CEO ‘resigned’ board

    UPDATE (April 7, 4:30 p.m.): We have added a response from the Center for Integral Wisdom denying Mackey’s resignation. We have also noted that Gafni no longer admits to having a “sickness” and has disavowed a 2006 letter he signed, saying it was written under pressure. (JTA) — Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey reportedly…

  • PEN writers’ group ignores BDS effort, keeps Israel sponsorship

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The literary writers’ group PEN American Center is refusing to drop Israeli government sponsorship from its annual festival, despite calls by dozens of members to do so. According to a news release issued Tuesday by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, more than 100 writers signed onto a…

  • Israeli lawmaker rapped for favoring segregation in maternity wards

    (JTA) — A right-wing Knesset member was slammed for saying Arab and Jewish mothers in Israel’s maternity wards should be placed in separate rooms. In a Twitter post Tuesday, Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party said, “It’s natural that my wife wouldn’t want to lie down [in a bed] next to a woman who just…

  • Anti-BDS Scottish student leader accused of violating rules

    (JTA) — A Scottish college student was accused of violating “safe space” rules and told she risked being expelled from a meeting after she spoke out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel movement. Imogen Wilson, 22, the vice president for academic affairs at Edinburgh University Students’ Association, told Britain’s Telegraph she was accused…