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  • Polish president to sign Holocaust rhetoric bill and refer it for judicial review

    (JTA) — President Andrzej Duda of Poland said he would sign a controversial bill limiting rhetoric on atrocities committed in his country during World War II, but added that he would refer the measure for review by a constitutional court. Duda made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday in Warsaw about the bill passed…

  • Jews from all over Russia win trips to Paris — by studying Judaism

    MOSCOW (JTA) — Growing up in a working-class family in Russia’s Far East, Sergei Aryeh Zolotov knew the French Riviera only from what he’d seen in James Bond movies. A student in his 20s from the city of Khabarovsk, 4,000 miles east of Moscow, Zolotov had neither the means to travel to the sunny beaches…

  • Orthodox Jew and his son narrowly escape suspected car ramming in Antwerp

    (JTA) — Police in Belgium arrested a man who is suspected of trying to ram with his car an Orthodox man and a child on a street in Antwerp. The incident Saturday morning was filmed by security cameras. It shows a black Seat Ibiza car swerving sharply while speeding on Isabellalei, a central street in…

  • A century-old Siberian synagogue was built by abducted child soldiers. It’s back in Jewish hands.

    TOMSK, Russia (JTA) — When two strange men approached 8-year-old Herzl Tsam in an alley of his hometown in what is now Ukraine, he knew that he had to run as fast as his legs could carry him. In 1851, as a Jewish boy from a poor family in a shtetl near Volyn, he knew…

  • Chief rabbi of Ukraine wants Holocaust program moved to his country to punish Poland

    (JTA) — A chief rabbi of Ukraine called on the Israeli government to suspend school trips to Poland and have them in his country because of Warsaw’s new bill on Nazi crimes. Rabbi Moshe Azman made the suggestion in a letter he sent to Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday, a day after the Polish…

  • Austrian far-right minister quits over fraternity’s anti-Semitic texts

    (JTA) — An Austrian Cabinet minister from the far-right Freedom Party resigned following the discovery of anti-Semitic literature at his old university fraternity. Udo Landbauer, who was 11 when offensive poems about Jews were included in a songbook of the Germania zu Wiener Neustadt fraternity, said Thursday he would leave politics. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz…

  • Mahmoud Abbas to address UN Security Council

    (JTA) — The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is scheduled to address the United Nations Security Council this month during a meeting about the Middle East. Abbas, who is scheduled to appear before the council on Feb. 20, has said he will ask its members to grant full U.N. membership to the Palestinians…

  • Israel strikes Hamas position following rocket launch from Gaza

    (JTA) — Following the launch of a rocket into Israel from Gaza, Israeli forces carried out airstrikes targeting several sites in the enclave’s northern tip. The exchange Friday ended with no injuries on either side, Army Radio and the Ma’an Palestinian news agency reported. The strikes hit targets near the al-Nada Towers in northeastern Beit…

  • University of Iowa to drop Steve Wynn’s name from building in aftermath of sexual misconduct accusations

    (JTA) — The University of Iowa plans to remove Steve Wynn’s name from a campus institution he funded following accusations of sexual misconduct against the casino billionaire. Retaining the name of the Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research “would be damaging to the institution’s reputation following recent allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Wynn,”…

  • NY triplets seek apology, compensation from Jewish group for their separation at birth

    (JTA) — Two siblings from triplets who were separated at birth and given up for adoption as part of an experiment are demanding compensation from the Jewish organization they say is responsible for it. In 1961, Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman were separated at birth in New York and adopted by three different…