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  • Ukrainian mayor and diplomat caught engaging in anti-Semitic rhetoric

    (JTA) — Amid international pressure on Ukraine over its perceived tolerance of anti-Semitism, a local mayor and a diplomat were documented engaging hate speech against Jews. The mayor of the village of Skole, located 60 miles southwest of Lviv, inveighed against Jews during a recent lecture before city councilmen. Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian…

  • How Israel overcame politics in winning the Eurovision song contest

    (JTA) — Hours before the Eurovision song contest’s kickoff, Rafi Kishon posted on Facebook a sobering message and a picture of himself wearing a head of lettuce for a hat. Israel’s entrant, he said, didn’t stand a chance of winning in anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Europe. “I’m sorry to disappoint you,” the Israeli veterinarian wrote in Hebrew…

  • Palestinian rights body calls Dutch Jews’ umbrella group ‘pro-occupation lobby’

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The leader of a prestigious pro-Palestinian group in the Netherlands called the country’s main Jewish group a “pro-occupation lobby.” Jan Keulen, director of The Rights Forum — a group that was founded by former prime minister Dries van Agt, made the allegation Saturday in reaction to a police complaint in which the…

  • Left-wing Irish EU representatives call for boycott of Israel following Eurovision win

    (JTA) — Two European Parliament lawmakers from Ireland expressed support for boycotting Israel in connection with its winning the Eurovision song contest. Following Israel’s winning Saturday of the competition with a song about female empowerment, Lynn Boylan of Ireland’s far-left Sinn Féin party wrote on Twitter: “Israel wins Eurovision so let’s make BDS more successful than…

  • France suffering ‘intifada,’ Jewish lawmaker says following fatal stabbing in Paris

    (JTA) — France is experiencing “knife intifada,” according to a French Jewish lawmaker and former Jewish communal leader, following the stabbing of five people in central Paris by a man shouting “Allah is the greatest” in Arabic. Authorities are treating the knifings, which left one victim dead from a wound to the neck and two…

  • Israel wins Eurovision song contest

    (JTA) — For the fourth time in its four decades of participating in the Eurovision song contest, Israel has won the international competition. The song “Toy” by Netta Barzilai, 24, secured Israel’s victory at the Eurovision contest this year at the Finals Saturday in Lisbon, Portugal. The victory means Israel will host the event next…

  • Benjamin Netanyahu had a very, very good week

    (JTA) – On Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu began his week by meeting his Cypriote and Greek counterparts to finalize the commercial export to Europe of Israeli gas that he has pushed to exploit for about a decade. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from nuclear deal with Iran was widely seen…

  • Iran threatens to start ‘industrial scale’ uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails

    (JTA) — Iran threatened to start nuclear enrichment on an “industrial scale” following the United States’ decision to exit a deal offering Tehran international sanctions relief. In a statement Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Zarif said Iran would attempt to save the nuclear deal through negotiations with the European nations. At the same time,…

  • Harvey Weinstein’s wife opens up about ‘humiliation’

    (JTA) — The estranged wife of producer Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, said she was humiliated and shocked by allegations of sexual exploitation by her husband. Chapman, co-founder of the Marchesa fashion label, told Vogue magazine in her first interview over the scandals involving her husband that she had not left her home for weeks since…

  • Study says Polish neighbors betrayed many more Jews than previously thought

    (JTA) — According to new research done in Poland, two thirds of the local Jews who hid there from the Nazis did not survive the war, mostly because of the actions of their non-Jewish neighbors. The figure comes from a two-volume work of 1,600 pages that historians from the Warsaw-based Center for Research on Holocaust of…