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  • Holocaust-denying congressional candidate blasts ‘Jew-party system’

    (JTA) — Arthur Jones, a former neo-Nazi who is running for an Illinois congressional seat as the only Republican in his district, inveighed against what he called the “Jew-party system” and called the Holocaust “poppycock” in an interview on CNN. “Yes, I deny the Holocaust,” Jones said Thursday. “If you did any honest investigation of…

  • British paper accusing George Soros of ‘secret plot’ to nix Brexit not anti-Semitic, watchdog says

    (JTA) — A prominent organization monitoring anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom defended as legitimate a controversial newspaper article claiming billionaire George Soros was funding anti-Brexit groups. The Campaign Against Antisemitism’s defense of Wednesday’s article in The Daily Telegraph followed accusations that its framing and wording on Soros, who is Jewish and not a citizen of…

  • Israeli army beefs up West Bank presence following murders of two rabbis

    (JTA) — The Israeli army has beefed up its presence in the West Bank following the slayings of two rabbis there in recent weeks. Three additional battalions were deployed in the area starting Wednesday amid concerns that the deadly attacks in the area signal a new wave of terrorism, the Israel Hayom daily reported. Itamar…

  • Aly Raisman says Olympic coach ignored complaints about abuse by team doctor

    (JTA) — Aly Raisman said her former coach on the U.S. Olympics gymnastics team likely knew but said nothing of molestation allegations against former team doctor Larry Nassar. Raisman, who is Jewish and the winner of numerous Olympic medals, including several golds, spoke Thursday in an interview with CNN. “One of my teammates described in…

  • French Muslim TV contestant who sang Leonard Cohen cover quits over controversial Facebook posts

    (JTA) — A Muslim singer who moved many viewers in France with her rendition of a Leonard Cohen song on “The Voice” left the television show following the discovery of her conspiracy theories involving terrorist attacks. Mennel Ibtissem’s departure was announced Thursday, a week after anti-racism groups, including Jewish ones, began calling for her dismissal over remarks…

  • Trump: Jerusalem declaration is high point of my time in office

    (JTA) – President Donald Trump told an Israeli newspaper that his Dec. 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was the high point of his time in office. In the Hebrew-language translation of an excerpt from Trump’s interview with Israel Hayom editor-in-chief Boaz Bismuth, Trump said that both Israel and the Palestinians would need to…

  • Antwerp police say alleged car-ramming attempt on Jewish father and son was not a hate crime

    (JTA) — A Belgian watchdog group on anti-Semitism said the near ramming of a Jewish father and son in Antwerp was a racist attack, but police said the suspect was inebriated and was charged merely with reckless driving. In a statement Monday, the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, said its lawyers have initiated a…

  • Everyone loved this French-Muslim singer’s Leonard Cohen cover. Then they read her Facebook posts.

    (JTA) — In a deeply divided nation that is still reeling from a toxic presidential election last spring, as well as jihadist and racist attacks, Mennel Ibtissem’s performances offered a rare vision of hope. The blue-eyed Muslim woman sang Arabic and French-language renditions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on national television in France while wearing a…

  • Poland isn’t the only country trying to police what can be said about the Holocaust

    (JTA) — In 2015, Ukraine’s president signed a law whose critics say stifles debate on the historical record of World War II and whitewashes local perpetrators of the Holocaust. Law 2538-1 criminalized any rhetoric insulting to the memory of anti-communist partisans. And it celebrates the legacy of such combatants – ostensibly including the ones who murdered countless…

  • Polish president signs bill on Holocaust rhetoric, drawing rebuke from US

    (JTA) – Polish President Andrzej Duda signed and finalized a law limiting rhetoric about the Holocaust, leading to a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The United States is “disappointed,” Tillerson said Tuesday, following Duda’s final approval of a law introduced on Jan. 26 in the Polish parliament. It prescribes up to six…