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Lawsuit filed against German bookstore for trivializing the Holocaust with ‘abortion will set you free’ display

(JTA) – A Cologne politician has filed a lawsuit against a local Christian bookstore over a window display that compares abortion with the Holocaust. Specifically, the shop window of the Marienbuchhandlung book store features a photo of a cemetery in Wiesbaden under the title, “kindermord.org,” or “child-killer.org,” followed by “Abtreiben macht frei,” which translates to ...

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Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner to receive lifetime achievement award at Haifa Film Festival

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner will receive an award for lifetime achievement during the 34th International Haifa Film Festival. A speech in honor of the composer was to be delivered at the festival, which runs through Oct. 1, by the Polish ambassador, Marek Magierowski, but was opposed by Preisner. Magierowski resigned from...

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Sheldon Adelson with his wife Miriam at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas, Feb. 24, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Adelsons’ $55 million for national GOP races makes them ‘biggest spenders’ in all of American politics

(JTA) — Casino mogul and Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have given $55 million in the last few months to groups working to ensure Republican control of the House and Senate after the midterm elections. The donations make them the “biggest spenders on federal elections in all of American politics,” The New...

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Tens of thousands of haredim peacefully protest Shabbat train work in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews protested peacefully on Friday night as work continued on the Tel Aviv light rail project. The protesters sang Shabbat songs and held signs calling for preserving the Shabbat atmosphere in the haredi Orthodox community of Bnei Brak, located on the outskirt of Tel Aviv. The...

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Haredi Orthodox radio station fined for keeping women’s voices off the air

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The haredi-Orthodox Kol Berama radio station was fined some $280,000 for keeping women’s voices off the air. The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday also ordered that the money,  1 million shekels, be held in a class action fund that will give the money to programs that empower religious women. The class action...

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WeWork opens public office space in sukkah in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — WeWork Jerusalem will open a public shared office space in a sukkah during the holiday week. The sukkah will be located in Jerusalem’s First Station, a popular recreation area which includes restaurants and shops. It will include indoor and outdoor shared desks with free WiFi access, a lounge area and two conference...

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Taiwanese protesters angry at hair salon’s swastika logo urinate in front of store

(JTA) — A hair salon in northern Taiwan covered the logos on its store signs, which resemble a swastika, after people angry about the image began urinating and defecating in front of the store in protest. Hsu Chen-yang, owner of the Berlin Hair Salon in Hsinchu City, told the Taiwan News that he covered the symbols,...

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Russia claims Israel provided it with ‘misleading’ information in downing of plane over Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force provided Russia with misleading information on the location of its airstrikes on targets in Syria, preventing a Russian surveillance plane in the area from moving to a safe zone, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced. The findings of the Russian Defense Ministry about the accidental downing last week of a Russian...

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Shattered glass at the New Synagogue of Gdansk, Poland, Sept. 19, 2018. (Courtesy of the World Jewish Congress)

Man arrested in Yom Kippur rock attack on Polish synagogue

(JTA) — A man accused of hurling a rock through the window of a synagogue in the Polish city of Gdansk on Yom Kippur has been arrested. The man was detained on Friday in the nearby community of Trabki Wielkie, a day after security camera video footage of the alleged vandal attacking the synagogue was...

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Swastika painted on home, campaign sign of NJ Rep. Josh Gottheimer supporters

(JTA) — A swastika was painted on the home of a supporter of Democratic New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer. The campaign sign standing in the front yard of Adam Stolarsky, 48, who lives in the house with his girlfriend, Colleen Murch, also was defaced with drawings of swastikas, penises and vulgar language. The graffiti also...