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  • Hundreds turn out for Israel funeral of ex-Hasid who apparently killed herself

    (JTA) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of a formerly haredi Orthodox Israeli woman who was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide. Esti Weinstein, 50, was buried in Petach Tikvah on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported. Weinstein’s body and a suicide note were discovered in her car at a…

  • Black Brooklyn beating victim sues New York City, Orthodox Jewish security patrol

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A gay African-American man who was beaten, allegedly by a group of Hasidic Jews, in Brooklyn in 2013 is suing New York City and its police department, saying their improper favoring of the Williamsburg neighborhood’s Orthodox security patrol deprived him of equal justice under the law. The victim, Taj Patterson, was expected…

  • London’s Muslim mayor calls for rooting out anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, called for the rooting out of anti-Semitism in his city and in his Labour Party. In an op-ed Monday in The Jerusalem Post, Khan said he wants “to send a message around the world by being the London mayor of Islamic faith who does more…

  • Jewish groups applaud Supreme Court abortion ruling tossing Texas restrictions

    (JTA) — Several national Jewish organizations applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday striking down a Texas law that restricted access to abortion. In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said the HB2 law, which mandates that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, was unconstitutional. The law would have required nearly half…

  • Defense chief Avigdor Liberman, majority of Israelis oppose Turkey reconciliation deal

    (JTA) — More than half of Israelis oppose the newly announced reconciliation deal with Turkey, according to one Israeli television poll. In addition, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he is against the deal, several Israeli media outlets reported Monday. The poll by Channel 10 found that 56 percent of Israelis oppose the deal that…

  • Religion-related terrorism and harassment of Jews increasing worldwide, Pew study finds

    (JTA) — The harassment of Jews worldwide continued to increase in 2014 even as government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion decreased modestly, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center’s annual study of 198 countries released Thursday also found an increase in religion-related terrorism, with 82 of the nearly 200 countries…

  • Ex-prostitute alleges Orthodox businessmen mistreated her on ‘mile high’ NYPD job

    .textad {display: none!important;} NEW YORK (JTA) — A prostitute allegedly hired by New York Jewish businessmen to entertain several New York police officers as part of an alleged bribery scheme said she performed multiple sex acts for them on a flight to Las Vegas and was treated so poorly she quit the profession. The alleged…

  • Pennsylvania man admits he lied about being an Auschwitz survivor

    (JTA) — A Pennsylvania man who for years traveled the country giving speeches and media interviews about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor acknowledged that he had been lying and apologized. In a letter published Thursday on the LancasterOnline news site, Joseph Hirt, of Lancaster County said he lied not for personal gain but in hopes of…

  • British Jewish leaders keep mum on wisdom of Brexit

    (JTA) — Britain’s Jewish leaders had mixed reactions to the country’s surprising vote in favor of leaving the European Union, with few offering an opinion on whether or not leaving the EU is a good idea. Several praised Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced after the vote that he would resign, for his record on Jewish issues…

  • Man charged with threatening Kansas City-area synagogue

    (JTA) — A Kansas City man has been charged with threatening a synagogue in suburban Overland Park. According to the Kansas City Star, prosecutors accused Brian Wachter, 40, of making an unspecified threat on May 31 against Congregation Beth Shalom. A Conservative synagogue, Beth Shalom has roots dating back to 1878, according to its website….