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  • Israeli woman killed in hit-and-run incident near West Bank settlement

    (JTA) — An Israeli woman was killed in a hit-and-run incident near the Havat Gilad settlement in the West Bank. The woman was hit as she crossed Route 60 near the settlement Thursday, The Jerusalem Post reported. The car appeared to be a Palestinian taxi, which fled the scene. He later turned himself in, saying…

  • Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters see a conspiracy against him

    (JTA) — When Jeremy Corbyn visited Tunisia in 2014 to attend an anti-Israel conference alongside a senior Hamas official, the British lawmaker’s presence went virtually unnoticed. It was, after all, just another day at the office for Corbyn, a far-left politician who at the time was an outlier within the Labour Party for his radical…

  • Why ‘Lucky Jew’ imagery is so popular in Poland

    (JTA) — Visit a few main marketplaces or trinket shops in Warsaw or Krakow, and you’re almost guaranteed to find a figurine or picture of a haredi Orthodox Jew counting money. Offensive to some and just bizarre to others, the sale of stereotypical images of Jews as good luck charms started in Poland in the…

  • The sale of Azerbaijan’s Jewish community center deals a painful blow to a dwindling community

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (JTA) — About one year after Bella Regimov’s two children left their native country for Israel along with many of her friends and relatives, she began feeling socially isolated. On her own in Azerbaijan’s family-oriented society, the 76-year-old was losing “the will to get up in the morning” following their immigration in the…

  • Europe is going bananas over this Israeli guy’s avocados

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Last year, Ron Simpson was still managing talent for a living. But within just a few months Simpson, a 34-year-old Jewish marketing professional and producer from Amsterdam with no experience in running a restaurant, launched an international chain of eateries with a partner. It is so wildly popular and innovative that seasoned…

  • Paper claims photos show Jeremy Corbyn honoring Munich massacre terrorists

    (JTA) — A newspaper published photos of British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn holding a wreath in a Tunisian cemetery, saying it was near the graves of Black September terrorists who in 1972 killed 11 Israelis during the Munich Olympics. The pictures published Friday in the Daily Mail were reported to be taken in 2014….

  • Kuwait Airways will pay damages to Israeli passenger it refused a ticket in London

    (JTA) — Kuwait Airways agreed to pay damages plus legal costs to an Israeli who was refused a ticket on a flight from London to Bangkok on the grounds of her nationality. Mandy Blumenthal, with the help of UK Lawyers for Israel, had claimed damages against the airline for racial discrimination and harassment after she…

  • Russian court forces ice cream maker to drop ‘poor Jew’ label

    (JTA) — A court ordered an ice cream factory in Russia to change its “poor Jew” brand because it is offensive. The Naberezhnye Chelny city court ruled against the Slavitsa company earlier this week, the news site Chelny-Biz reported Wednesday. The regional prosecutor, Alexander Evgrafov, had launched proceedings against the factory for discriminatory speech in…

  • Antwerp Jews get city to refill dried-up pond for Rosh Hashanah ritual

    (JTA) — Municipal authorities in Antwerp agreed to replenish the dried up pond of a centrally located park so that local Jews can perform tashlich, a ritual of atonement requiring a large body of water. The Belgian city’s fire department will pump thousands of gallons of water into the Stadspark pond in time for Rosh…

  • Moldovan Jews slam ‘hate speech’ following tirade against convicted Jewish mayor

    (JTA) — Following a politician’s tirade against a Jewish mayor in Moldova convicted of fraud, the country’s Jewish community condemned “hate speech’s use as an instrument of political struggle.” The statement Friday by the Jewish Community of Moldova — a landlocked republic sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine — did not name former sports minister Octavian…