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  • Polish synagogue’s alleged attacker under psychiatric evaluation

    (JTA) — A man who was arrested for allegedly hurling a rock into a Polish synagogue on Yom Kippur in Gdansk recently is undergoing psychiatric evaluation, local Jews said. Officials handling the investigation of the Sept. 19 incident gave this information this week to Michal Samet, the head of the Jewish Religious Community in Gdansk,…

  • Israel launches high-speed train linking Jerusalem to airport

    (JTA) — Israel Railways launched a new fast connection between Jerusalem and Ben Gurion Airport, promising a 20-minute ride once glitches are worked out. The new connection began operating free on Tuesday, The Marker reported, but passengers had to reserve a ticket online in advance of the journey. One train is departing every hour currently,…

  • Gwyneth Paltrow to marry Brad Falchuk in the Hamptons

    (JTA) — Gwyneth Paltrow and television executive Brad Falchuk are set to marry this weekend at their home in the Hamptons, Page Six reported. The Hollywood actress and Falchuk, who have dated for more than three years, will be wed in front of about 50 people at the ceremony, according to a report Thursday on…

  • Jewish historian banned from French show for calling host’s African name an ‘insult’

    (JTA) – One of France’s most prestigious television talks hows said it would no longer feature the Jewish historian Eric Zemmour after he called an African colleague’s first name “an insult” to the republic. Zemmour, a controversial right-winger, got kicked out this week from France 2’s On n’est Pas Couché (“We’re not Asleep”) for things he said…

  • Federal court blocks Arizona law excluding Israel boycotters from contracts

    (JTA) — A federal court blocked an Arizona law requiring state contractors to certify that they will not boycott Israel, finding that the law likely violates the contractors’ free speech rights. “A restriction of one’s ability to participate in collective calls to oppose Israel unquestionably burdens the protected expression of companies wishing to engage in such a boycott,” District Court…

  • Syrian man arrested in Berlin for alleged chemical weapons plot targeting Israel

    (JTA) — A Syrian man who was recently arrested in Germany belonged to a cell plotting to use chemical weapons in attacks on Israeli targets, a German tabloid reported. The 21-year-old terror suspect was arrested last Thursday by Germany’s SEK unit in a Berlin cafe according to the report Friday in Bild. He was wanted…

  • US official urges nuclear watchdog to probe Netanyahu’s claims on Iran

    (JTA) — A State Department official called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims about a secret nuclear warehouse in Tehran. Netanyahu made the claim about the facility in the Iranian capital during a speech Thursday before the U.N. General Assembly in New York, saying the warehouse was used…

  • French imam investigated for incitement over anti-Semitic sermon

    (JTA) — Prosecutors in France have launched an investigation for incitement against a senior Muslim cleric from Toulouse who recited anti-Semitic religious passages and predicted Israel’s destruction. On Tuesday, the Toulouse Prosecutor’s Office opened the probe against Mohamed Tatai, the imam of the newly inaugurated Grand Mosque of Toulouse and the leader of an interfaith…

  • Swedish officials shutter Malmo’s only kosher meat shop, citing health reasons

    (JTA) — The health department in Malmo has shut down the Swedish city’s only supply of kosher meat, citing food sanitation reasons. Inspectors this week raided the ICA Kvantum Malmborgs Limhamn shop, which for the past 20 years has sold frozen kosher meat per an agreement with the leaders of Malmo’s Jewish community of about…

  • Nazis’ aerial photography is helping map and preserve Jewish cemeteries

    LUBLIN, Poland (JTA) — When German air force pilots took aerial photographs of western Ukraine in 1941, they did it to help Nazi Germany defeat the Soviet Union in a war that saw the genocide of 6 million Jews. But in a twist of fate, the German government has recently started funding an effort that…