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  • Hosting BDS founder at European Parliament encourages anti-Semitism, Jewish leaders say

    (JTA) — The Jewish communities of Lisbon and Belgium protested a Portuguese lawmaker’s invitation to a founder of the boycott movement against Israel to speak at the European Parliament in Brussels. Yohan Benizri, president of the CCOJB umbrella group of French-speaking Jewish communities in Belgium, and Gabriel Steinhardt, president of the Jewish Community of Lisbon,…

  • French-Jewish group that accused Israel of causing anti-Semitism loses state funding

    (JTA) — French officials asked a Jewish group that supports a blanket boycott of Israel to pay back state subsidies that it received to combat racism but had used to accuse the Jewish state of causing anti-Semitism. The Jewish French Union for Peace, UJFP, received in 2016 more than $22,000 from the General Commissariat for…

  • Netanyahu: Polish PM’s mentioning of ‘Jewish Holocaust perpetrators’ is outrageous

    (JTA) — In defending a controversial law limiting rhetoric on the Holocaust, Poland’s prime minister again angered Israeli politicians by saying that the genocide had ”Jewish perpetrators.” Mateusz Morawiecki said this Saturday at the Munich Security Conference during an interview with Ronen Bergman, an Israeli journalist, in which he spoke about the law passed earlier…

  • For some Balkan Muslims, a Jewish false messiah inspires interfaith understanding

    ULCINJ, Montenegro (JTA) — Throughout 1988, Jusuf Lika had debilitating migraines and sensory disruptions that doctors blamed on the chemicals in the darkroom where he had worked. A man in his twenties in what was then still Yugoslavia, Lika consulted some of that country’s best medical experts, but none could help him, citing an irreversible…

  • Oman’s foreign minister visits Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque

    (JTA) — Oman’s foreign minister visited Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque. Visits by Arab officials to the mosque, which is in east Jerusalem, are rare because they must be coordinated with Israel, which some Arab countries boycott. Yusuf bin Alawi, who also toured the West Bank, visited Al-Aqsa on Thursday, the Al Arabiya television station reported. Israeli…

  • Socialite charged with hitting Jewish lawyer says she broke finger in scuffle

    (JTA) — During her trial for assault, a socialite who is accused of hitting a lawyer with and making an anti-Semitic remark said she sustained serious injuries in the incident. Jacqueline Kent Cooke, daughter of the late billionaire Jack Kent Cooke, on Thursday appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, where prosecutors said they were seeking her…

  • Amy Schumer weds chef Chris Fischer in private ceremony

    (JTA) — Comedian and producer Amy Schumer got married to chef Chris Fischer in a small ceremony in Malibu, California. Actors Larry David, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence and were among the approximately 80 guests present at the reception Tuesday, according to People Magazine. The “Trainwreck” and “Snatched” star shared photos of the…

  • Anti-Semitic hate speech incidents at all time high in Austria

    (JTA) — A watchdog on anti-Semitism in Austria reported an increase in hate speech incidents and a decrease in physical assaults last year over 2016. In its annual report Thursday, the Vienna-based Forum Against Anti-Semitism counted five cases of physical assault of people and 51 vandalism incidents in 2017. The previous year, the same watchdog…

  • Police: No connection between Florida school shooter and far-right militia

    (JTA) — Police in Florida said they found no connection between the Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz and a far-right paramilitary group from Tallahassee, they said. The Anti-Defamation League said Thursday that a leader of the group had told them that Cruz had ties to the Republic of Florida secessionist group. The leader, Jordan Jereb, said that…

  • Ukrainian monument to Jewish Holocaust victims vandalized

    (JTA) — A monument for Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust in what is today Ukraine was vandalized by unidentified individuals who painted on it a swastika and the SS Nazi elite unit’s symbol. The incident occurred earlier this month in the city of Ternopil, located about 80 miles east of the city of…