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  • Lawmakers from 20 states pledge to mandate Holocaust education

    (JTA) — Some 26 legislators representing 20 states have committed to introduce legislation that would require public schools to teach about the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide and other genocides. The states are among the 42 in the United States that do not already require education on genocide awareness and prevention, the New York-based Anne Frank Center…

  • Anti-Semitic, racist fliers found on Princeton campus

    (JTA) — Fliers with anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant messages were posted on the campus of Princeton University. The fliers were discovered in at least four areas of the campus on Thursday, the Daily Princetonian student newspaper reported, including on the door to the main entrance of the campus Center for Jewish Life. The person posting the fliers…

  • Teen accused of threatening JCCs charged in Israel with extortion, causing panic

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli-American teenager accused of making threats against Jewish community centers in the United States was charged with extortion and several other offenses in a Tel Aviv court. The teen from Ashkelon, in southern Israel, was charged Monday in district court with thousands of counts on offenses that also include publishing false information, causing…

  • Palestinian mother of 9 who stabbed soldier said she had a death wish

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian woman who stabbed a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint told investigators that she committed the attack because she wanted Israeli security forces to kill her. The assailant, who was identified by the Shin Bet security service as Asia Kabaneh, 41, from the West Bank town of Duma, approached a female…

  • Anti-Semitic incidents in US surging in ’17, rose by a third in ’16

    (JTA) – Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared 86 percent in the first three months of 2017 after rising by more than one-third in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. There has been a massive increase in harassment of American Jews, largely since November, and at least 34 incidents linked to the presidential election…

  • Allies could have saved 4 million Jews, Netanyahu says at Holocaust remembrance ceremony

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel opened its Holocaust Remembrance Day with a ceremony during which six Israeli Holocaust survivors lit torches in memory of the six million Jews who died in the Shoah 70 years ago. The ceremony was held on Sunday night at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…

  • Trump to speak at US Holocaust Museum’s commemoration

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump will deliver public remarks as part of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony will be held Tuesday — a day after Holocaust Memorial Day is observed in Israel — in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. The Trump administration came under fire in January for its statement marking International…

  • Patients and their families lit memorial candles for Holocaust victims at Israeli hospitals

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Patients and their families at three Israeli hospitals were able to light memorial candles for victims of the Holocaust under a new initiative. The memorial organization Shem V’Ner, or Our Six Million: A Candle for Every Name. distributed the memorial candles to Ichilov, Rambam and Tel Hashomer hospitals. Each candle has a…

  • Israel denies US request to extradite teen arrested for JCC bomb threats

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Justice Ministry reportedly denied a U.S. request to extradite the Israeli-American teen charged with making threats against Jewish community centers throughout the United States. The State Attorney’s Office in Israel told the Justice Department that although the 18-year-old is suspected of committing crimes in 10 countries, he will be tried in…

  • 6 Israelis, including soldiers, arrested for ‘racist’ attacks on Arabs

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two soldiers were among six Israelis arrested for violent attacks on Arabs. The Shin Bet security agency announced the arrests on Sunday but did not say when they took place. The men, all from from the southern city of Beersheba, have been indicted on several charges, including committing acts of terror. Along with the soldiers, the others arrested include a minor who…