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  • Israeli lawmaker: Israelis should ‘think twice’ before purchasing French products

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli lawmaker Michael Oren said Israelis should “think twice” before purchasing French products after a French government agency reiterated the requirement that products from the West Bank be marked as from “settlements.” “France is labeling Israeli products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan. Israelis should think twice before buying French products,” Oren, of the…

  • Israelis displaced by fires to receive assistance from Jewish Agency, government

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Jewish Agency for Israel will provide immediate financial assistance to hundreds of families throughout Israel whose homes were damaged by fires that swept the country. The announcement came hours after Israel’s finance minister, Moshe Kahlon, approved an allocation of about $650 per person for those who were forced to leave their…

  • Arizona teens decorate cupcakes with swastikas at Jewish friend’s party

    (JTA) — Teens at a Jewish girl’s birthday party in Arizona reportedly decorated cupcakes with swastika symbols, saying they did it to “be funny.” The birthday teen’s mother posted a photo of one of the cupcakes on Facebook and called for it to be a teaching moment for parents, the Arizona NBC affiliate 12 News…

  • German court upholds conviction, prison sentence of former Auschwitz guard, 95

    (JTA) — Germany’s highest federal court upheld the conviction and prison term of a 95-year-old former Auschwitz guard for being an accessory to murder. The Federal Court rejected the appeal by Oskar Groening,  his attorneys said Monday, according to the German news agency dpa. Groening, an SS member during World War II, was sentenced in July 2015 to…

  • 3 lawmakers lift objections over nominee for Israeli army’s chief rabbi

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Meretz lawmakers have withdrawn their objection to the appointment of Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim as chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces over controversial statements published more than a decade ago. The lawmakers from the left-wing party had filed a petition with the Supreme Court questioning the appointment, and the court froze Karim’s induction pending his filing of…

  • Air Supply gives free concert tickets to wives of Israeli firefighters

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — After postponing a concert in Haifa last week due to massive fires there, the band Air Supply gave away 200 tickets to the wives of Israeli firefighters. The concert was rescheduled for Sunday after being canceled on Friday. “This is a gesture to wives of firefighters, who went through incredibly difficult days and…

  • Jewish students at Cambridge allege anti-Semitic attack, cover-up

    (JTA) — Three Jewish students at Cambridge University in Britain say they were violently attacked by members of a university drinking club and that the university covered up the results of an investigation into the incident. The incident that occurred late last month was first reported Saturday by the British daily newspaper The Telegraph. The students…

  • Chabad to open Jewish center in South Dakota, its 50th state

    (JTA) — Chabad will open a Jewish center in South Dakota, meaning it will now have a presence in all 50 states. The announcement of the center in Sioux Falls was made Sunday night at the final banquet of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in New York City to a crowd of 5,600 rabbis and…

  • Norway’s 3rd largest city passes resolution calling for boycott of settlement goods

    (JTA) — Norway’s third largest city has passed a resolution calling on its residents to boycott goods and services produced in Israeli settlements. Passed earlier this month by the Trondheim City Council, the resolution also prohibits the municipality from purchasing goods and services from what it calls the “occupied territories,” The Local Norway reported. “Illegal…

  • Lutheran Church of Norway condemns Martin Luther’s anti-Jewish legacy

    (JTA) — The Church of Norway, the state’s Lutheran church, condemned church founder Martin Luther’s anti-Jewish legacy. The church made the statement ahead of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, started by the 16th century German theologian, The Associated Press reported. The Church of Norway’s General Synod acknowledged that Luther’s writings were used in Nazi propaganda and…