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  • Baltimore solidarity event protests swastika incident at Jewish museum

    (JTA) — Baltimore Jewish leaders and local political officials came together for a solidarity event days after a swastika was painted on a sign for The Jewish Museum of Maryland. The sign is located outside of B’Nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue, where Sunday’s solidarity rally took place, the Baltimore Sun reported. The swastika with the word…

  • Florida girl, 6, sends painted rocks for vandalized headstones in Jewish cemeteries

    (JTA) — A 6-year-old Florida girl has sent hundreds of rocks that she painted to place on headstones vandalized in Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia. Ayel Morgenstern of Parkland took up the project after seeing a news report about the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis and that one of the toppled headstones was that of…

  • Jordan’s highest court upholds decision to deny US request to extradite terrorist

    (JTA) — Jordan’s highest court has upheld a lower court decision to deny a U.S. request to extradite a woman who was involved in a suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem that killed 15 people, including two Americans. In the case of Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, the Court of Cassation upheld the decision on Monday reportedly…

  • Over 100 leaflets with hand-drawn swastikas left at Virginia Tech Chabad

    (JTA) — More than 100 leaflets with hand-drawn swastikas were found dropped on the front yard of the Chabad Jewish student center at Virginia Tech. The leaflets were discovered at the student center located across the street from the Blacksburg university on Saturday afternoon by the Chabad’s center co-director, Rabbi Zvi Yaakov Zwiebel. The incident…

  • Son of Minnesota man, 98, accused of Nazi war crimes, calls for release of evidence

    (JTA) – The son of a 98-year-old Minnesota man accused of participating in Nazi war crimes has called for the evidence against his father to be released. Andriy Karkoc, the son of the Minnesota man first identified by The Associated Press as Michael Karkoc, called on Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, the two Democratic senators…

  • Haredi Orthodox lawmakers criticize Netanyahu for holding Shabbat meeting

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A haredi Orthodox government minister and lawmaker criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for holding meetings with government ministers on Shabbat. Netanyahu met informally on Saturday at his official residence in Jerusalem with Likud ministers regarding the establishment of the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation. Minister of Health Rabbi Yaakov Litzman of the United…

  • Iran’s Khamenei calls Western view of women a ‘Zionists’ plot’

    (JTA) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the Western view of women a “Zionists’ plot” in a tweet on the country’s version of mother’s day. “Designating women as goods & means of pleasure in western world, most probably, is among Zionists’ plots to destroy human community,” Khamenei tweeted on Sunday.   Designating women…

  • IDF targets Hamas positions after rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s military targeted two Hamas positions in the northern Gaza Strip hours after two rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel. One of the rockets fired on Saturday landed near the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon and the second appeared to fall in Gazan territory. The launches triggered the Code…

  • Syrian truck driver on road to Damascus reportedly killed by Israeli drone

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Syrian man was killed when the truck he was driving in the Quneitra region of the Golan Heights on the road to Damascus allegedly was fired on by an Israeli drone, Syrian media is reporting. The Israel Defense Forces is not commenting on the alleged airstrike, neither confirming nor denying the Syrian…

  • Donald Trump’s approval rating among US Jews is 31 percent, Gallup finds

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s approval rating among Jews in the United States is 31 percent, more than 11 percent lower than the president’s overall approval rating, according to a Gallup poll . The poll was taken from Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, to March 15. (On Monday, Gallup’s daily tracking put Trump’s approval rating at 37 percent.) Trump’s…