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  • Large swastika painted on southern New Jersey home

    (JTA) — A large swastika was painted on a home in southern New Jersey. The swastika was discovered Wednesday morning in suburban Mount Laurel, about 17 miles from Philadelphia. Police believe the Nazi symbol was painted on the house sometime after 10 the night before, the Jewish Exponent reported. The family was not named, but…

  • Israeli general indicted in rape of 2 female subordinates

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli general was indicted in the rape and sexual assault of two female subordinates four months after his promotion to a prominent post was canceled over the accusations. Brig.-Gen. Ofek Buchris, 47, was indicted Thursday by the Military Advocate General for the sexual offenses allegedly committed between 2010 and 2012. In…

  • Jerusalem gay pride parade kicks off under heavy security

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Amid increased security in the wake of last year’s deadly stabbing spree, Jerusalem’s 15th annual gay pride parade kicked off Thursday with an estimated 10,000 marchers, double the number that marched a year ago. Some 2,000 police were on hand to secure the parade route. At least nine people reportedly were detained…

  • Israeli plastics firm Keter sells most of company in $1.7 billion deal

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli plastics firm Keter reportedly has sold 80 percent of its stock at a price of $1.7 billion. BC Partners, a private equity firm with offices in London, Paris, Hamburg and New York, has been in exclusive talks to buy a stake in Keter, according to the Israeli business daily Globes. Keter…

  • Israel’s defense minister: Army Radio program on Palestinian poet akin to praising ‘Mein Kampf’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman compared an Army Radio program on the works of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish to praising Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” The station, whose government funding has been questioned in recent weeks, has come under fire for broadcasting the program on Tuesday. Liberman at a meeting Thursday with Army Radio…

  • Jerusalem pride parade stabber arrested in prison over new plot

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yishai Schlissel, who is serving a life sentence for his deadly stabbing spree at last year’s Jerusalem pride parade, was arrested in prison for planning a violent plot on this year’s march. Hours before the start of Thursday’s parade, Israel Police cleared for release the arrest of Schlissel in prison Wednesday on…

  • Israel, Guinea renew diplomatic ties after 49 years

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and the Republic of Guinea, a predominantly Muslim nation in Africa, have renewed diplomatic relations after 49 years. Dore Gold, the director-general of Israel’s Foreign Affairs ministry, the chief of staff of the Guinean President’s Office, Dr. Ibrahim Khalil Kaba, signed a joint statement on Wednesday in Paris announcing the renewal…

  • JCC camp counselor in child porn case enters plea deal

    (JTA) — A former JCC camp counselor in suburban Detroit charged with creating and distributing child pornography has entered into a plea agreement. In the case of Matthew Kuppe, 21, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told the Detroit News she could not discuss the agreement. The spokeswoman, Gina Balaya, did confirm an Aug….

  • Family of gay pride parade stabber banned from Jerusalem during march

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The family of the man who went on a deadly stabbing spree at last year’s Jerusalem Pride parade has been banned from the city during this year’s march after being detained by police. The brother of Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed six marchers at last year’s parade, killing a 16-year-old girl, was arrested…

  • Brazilian Jews win lawsuit against journalist who called Israel a ‘Nazi state’

    RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — The umbrella Jewish organization in Sao Paulo, Brazil, won a nearly decade-long indemnity lawsuit started by a journalist who claimed he was gagged for calling Israel a “Nazi state.” The Sao Paulo Jewish federation announced the court victory on Monday in the 2007 suit by Gilson Gondim, a columnist for…