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  • Austrian authorities under pressure to block annual pro-Nazi gathering

    (JTA) — Austrian authorities are under pressure to stop an annual event in which some 15,000 Croatians gather to celebrate the actions of Nazi collaborators. The May 14 event in Bleiburg, in southern Austria, has featured flags and symbols of the Ustasha, militiamen of Croatia’s fascist puppet regime during World War II. In 1945, fleeing Ustasha militiamen were…

  • Jewish lawmaker in Toulouse stripped of credentials after saying ‘too many Arabs’ in city

    (JTA) — The mayor of Toulouse stripped a local Jewish lawmaker of his credentials after he told told an Israeli radio station that the French city has “too many Arabs.” Toulouse city councilman Aviv Zonabend had apologized for his words in Hebrew last month in an interview with Israel’s Army Radio station, explaining he had…

  • Headstones smashed at Greek Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — A Jewish cemetery near Athens that was desecrated with neo-Nazi symbols two years ago was vandalized by unknown individuals who smashed several marble headstones. Police told the AFP news agency about the incident at Nikaia cemetery on Saturday. “Marble grave headstones were damaged in the Jewish part of the Nikaia cemetery,” a police…

  • It’s not just Abbas: Blaming Jews for the Holocaust is widespread

    (JTA) — Even reliable supporters condemned Mahmoud Abbas when he blamed the Holocaust on the Jews’ own behavior. That claim and others made during the Palestinian leader’s 90-minute address Monday in Ramallah triggered the harshest wave of censures ever directed at him in the West. Israel, the United States and a United Nations official used…

  • Abbas apologizes ‘if people were offended’ by his speech blaming Holocaust on the Jews

    (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas apologized to Jewish people offended by his recent speech in which he blamed the Holocaust on Jews. “If people were offended by my statement in front of the [Palestinian National Council], especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them,” Abbas said in a statement sent Friday…

  • Report: Dutch cop cites Israel in asking removal of Holocaust memorial sign

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A bookshop owner in the Dutch capital said that a police officer asked him to remove a sign commemorating Holocaust victims, citing Israel’s actions. Gert-Jan Jimmink told the De Telegraaf daily in a video published online Friday that the request was over a sign that read “Open Jewish Homes, Houses of Resistance.”…

  • Missouri’s first Jewish governor faces state’s first-ever impeachment hearing

    (JTA) — Missouri lawmakers have called for a special session to consider impeaching a governor, a first for the state, in the case of Eric Greitens, its first Jewish governor. The state legislature will convene on May 18 to consider discipline against Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, who has been accused of coercing a woman…

  • Uber suspends Chicago driver accused of kicking out Israeli diplomat

    (JTA) — Uber suspended one of its drivers in Chicago pending an investigation into an Israeli diplomat’s claim that the driver threw him out for speaking in Hebrew. Itay Milner, deputy consul general of Israel to the Midwest, wrote on Facebook Thursday that he was ten minutes into his ride, which he booked with the…

  • Amid anti-Semitism row, British Labour loses heavily-Jewish London borough

    (JTA) — Following unprecedented protests by British Jews against a major political movement, the country’s Labour party lost in local elections a heavily-Jewish area of London that it had held for decades. Labour, whose leadership many British Jews believe is ignoring or encouraging the proliferation of anti-Semitism in its ranks, failed in Thursday’s elections to…

  • Alan Dershowitz is helping Harvey Weinstein’s legal team

    (JTA) — Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz is helping Harvey Weinstein’s legal team, according to court documents. Weinstein, a Jewish movie mogul who is currently being investigated by law enforcement authorities over allegations of sexual misconduct, is fighting with Dershowitz’s help to obtain emails that Weinstein says would “exonerate” him, according to an article Friday…