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  • 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…

  • Britain’s Labour Party backs separate labeling for kosher and halal meat

    (JTA) — Britain’s Labour Party announced its support for separate labeling for meat from animals slaughtered without stunning in keeping with Jewish and Muslim traditions. Jewish groups in the United Kingdom and beyond in Europe oppose the proposed measure, which appeared in Labour’s Animal Welfare Plan published by the opposition party earlier this week, because…

  • Circumcision ban will prevent Jewish community life in Iceland, Scandinavian Jews warn

    (JTA) — The leaders of the Jewish communities of four Nordic countries said that a bill proposing to ban nonmedical circumcision in Iceland “will guarantee” that no Jewish community is established there. The presidents of the umbrella groups of Jewish communities in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland issued the unusual warning Tuesday in an open…

  • ‘Jews out’ scrawled on monument for synagogue in Poland destroyed by Nazis

    (JTA) — A monument commemorating a synagogue that Nazis destroyed in what today is Poland was vandalized with an anti-Semitic slur and far-right imagery written in German. The incident occurred earlier this month in Zielona Góra, a city in western Poland that was under German control from 1871 until 1945. Unidentified individuals wrote “Jude raus,”…