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  • Microphone catches Netanyahu calling EU policy ‘crazy’

    BUDAPEST (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a European Union policy “crazy” during a closed-door meeting in Hungary, unaware that a microphone was transmitting his comments to reporters outside. Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday with the leaders of four Central European countries, is heard criticizing an EU policy that  conditions closer trade ties with Israel…

  • Ex-Met Council CEO William Rapfogel wins early release from prison

    (JTA) — William Rapfogel, who was sentenced to 3 1/3 years to 10 years in prison for stealing $9 million from the New York Jewish nonprofit he headed, was released from prison after serving serving less than three years of his term. Rapfogel, the longtime CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, received a merit…

  • Colleagues review top British Sephardi rabbi’s comments on gay marriage, say he can keep post

    (JTA) — Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Britain’s top Sephardi rabbi, will remain in his position following the ruling of a review process set up by the country’s chief rabbi in the wake of his comments welcoming the growing acceptance of homosexuality. Dweck, who serves as senior rabbi at London’s S&P Sephardi community, came under fire after saying at a…

  • Granddaughter of Holocaust survivors removed Auschwitz relics to use for art project

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum said it will file a complaint with the Polish prosecutor against an Israeli woman, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, who removed relics from site. Rotem Bides, 27, an art student at the Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, visited the Auschwitz site six times and removed relics…

  • Director Ken Loach vows ‘every penny’ his new film makes in Israel will go to Palestinians

    (JTA) — British film director Ken Loach, a fierce advocate of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, said “every penny” earned from the screening in Israel of his latest film will go to Palestinian organizations. In a letter to the editor of the London-based daily newspaper The Guardian, Loach, as well as producer Rebecca O’Brien…

  • Police close Temple Mount to Jewish visitors

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors after a group of Jews began praying at the site in violation of the rules there. Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy ordered the closure on Wednesday over the Jewish group’s “violating the rules of conduct that apply to the holy site,” according to Israel…

  • Israeli government has two months to rethink gay adoption policy, Supreme Court says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court has given the government two months to reconsider its opposition to allowing same-sex couples to adopt in the country. The decision Tuesday comes a day after the state told the court in response to a petition that the government remains opposed to allowing same-sex couples to adopt. The state’s…

  • Kosher hot dogs available at Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field

    (JTA) — Kosher hot dogs are finally coming to Wrigley Field, home of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs. A kosher food stand will open up at the 103-year-old ballpark on Friday featuring Romanian hot dogs, Romanian Polish sausages, pretzels and drinks, Tablet magazine first reported. A subsidiary of the Chicago-based catering company Danziger…

  • Hungarian prime minister acknowledges his country’s ‘sin’ of abandoning its Jews to the Nazis

    (JTA) — Hungary committed a “sin” in not protecting its Jewish citizens during World War II and collaborating with the Nazis, the country’s prime minister said while vowing it would never happen again. Viktor Orban, speaking at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following their meeting Tuesday, also said that Hungary…

  • Germany delays official signing of sub deal over corruption investigation by Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Germany has delayed the official signing of an agreement to sell three new submarines to Israel over a corruption investigation into the multibillion-dollar deal. The signing of the official memorandum of understanding for the sale had been scheduled for next week in Germany but has been postponed indefinitely, Ynet reported Tuesday. Germany,…