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  • Israelis start Memorial Day with siren to remember 23,544 fallen

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis across the country stood at attention for a minute-long siren marking the start of the 24-hour Yom HaZikaron, or Memorial Day. The siren sounded at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. Over Memorial Day, Israel will remember the 23,544 men and women who have died defending the State of Israel and its…

  • Spokane community building vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

    (JTA) — A building housing community support services and non-profit groups in downtown Spokane, Washington, was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. The epithets written in chalk on the side of the building were discovered on Friday morning. Among the anti-Semitic statements were: “Hitler did nothing wrong,” “Gas the Kikes” and “Juden Raus,” German for “Jews Out.”…

  • Front door of Milwaukee Jewish elementary school hit with bullet

    (JTA) — The front door of a Jewish elementary school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was struck with a bullet. No one was injured when the bullet hit the glass front door of the Yeshiva Elementary School Friday morning. The bullet broke the glass but did not go in to the school, the local CBS affiliate reported….

  • Marine Le Pen lays wreath at French Holocaust memorial

    (JTA) – Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in France’s presidential election, visited a Holocaust memorial in Marseille days after news that her choice for interim party head had denied aspects of the Holocaust. Le Pen on Sunday laid a wreath at a memorial in Marseille to French victims of the Holocaust. The memorial was erected in memory…

  • Pope Francis defends calling refugee centers ‘concentration camps’

    (JTA) — Pope Francis doubled down on his characterization of refugee and migrant centers in Europe as “concentration camps.” A German reporter asked Francis Saturday on his papal plane if he meant to use the term last week during a ceremony on April 22 at Rome’s Basilica of St. Bartholomew. The reporter for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung…

  • Donald Trump proclaims May annual Jewish American Heritage Month

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump proclaimed May Jewish American Heritage Month, continuing a tradition maintained by every president since 2006. “During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate our nation’s strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people. The small band of Dutch Jews who first immigrated in 1654, seeking…

  • Knife-carrying man arrested near British prime minister’s office was on Mavi Marmara flotilla

    (JTA) — A man arrested carrying a knapsack full of knives near the 10 Downing Street office of British Prime Minister Theresa May was a passenger on the Mavi Marmara flotilla, which sought to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010. The suspect arrested Thursday on suspicion of planning a terrorist act was identified on…

  • North Korea threatens Israel with ‘merciless’ punishment

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — North Korea threatened Israel with “merciless, thousand-fold punishment” and labeled it the only “illegal possessor” of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. The country’s Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang issued a statement Saturday blasting Saturday, after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in an interview with the Hebrew-language news website Walla! called North Korean…

  • University of Wisconsin student resolution blames Israel for police violence against African-Americans

    (JTA) — The student government of the University of Wisconsin-Madison included an amendment specifically targeting Israel in a resolution calling for divestment from companies operating in many countries. The resolution was passed Wednesday by the Associated Students of Madison by a 24-0 vote, with two abstentions. It calls on the university and its foundation to…

  • Chicago Jewish couple married 69 years die moments apart holding hands

    (JTA) — A Chicago Jewish couple who were married for 69 years died moments apart in the same hospital room while holding hands. Teresa Vatkin, 89, died at 12:10 a.m. Saturday at Highland Park Hospital, and her husband, Isaac, died at approximately 12:50 a.m. as they wheeled his wife from the room and their hands…