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  • Bill to ban circumcision introduced in Iceland’s parliament

    (JTA) — Lawmakers from four political parties in Iceland introduced a bill in parliament that would ban the nonmedical circumcision of boys younger than 18 and impose imprisonment of up to six years on offenders. Members of the ruling Left Green Movement, the Progressive Party, People’s Party and the Pirate Party submitted the bill to…

  • Smoke grenade hurled in Ukrainian bookstore during Holocaust lecture

    MOSCOW (JTA) — An unidentified person wearing a ski mask hurled a smoke grenade into a Ukraine bookstore during a lecture about the Holocaust. At least 45 people were attending a talk titled “A terrible story: The Holocaust. Memory. Pain. Lessons” at the E bookstore on Monday evening in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, when the incident…

  • Hate crime charges dropped in Paris trial of Muslim accused of killing Jewish neighbor

    (JTA) — A judge in Paris scrapped hate crime charges from the indictment of a murder suspect who confessed to killing his Jewish neighbor. The move came amid a rise in reported violent anti-Semitic attacks in France. The Paris Prosecutor’s office said it would appeal the dismissal Monday of the aggravated element of a hate…

  • White supremacist propaganda spreading on US college campuses, ADL says

    (JTA) — White supremacist propaganda on American college campuses has seen a dramatic increase since the fall of 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. In a report published Thursday, the ADL called the reported growth “alarming.” ADL’s Center on Extremism recorded 346 incidents in which white supremacists have used fliers, stickers, banners and posters to…

  • US-born rabbi called ‘extremist’ kicked out of Russia

    MOSCOW (JTA) — For the eighth time over the past decade, Russian authorities told a foreign Chabad rabbi living in Russia to leave the country. Josef Marozof, a New York native who began working 12 years ago for Chabad in the city of Ulyanovsk, 400 miles east of Moscow, was ordered earlier this week to…

  • Polish Holocaust bill may have ‘repercussions’ for relations, US warns

    (JTA) — The U.S. Embassy in Poland said it was “concerned about the repercussions” for bilateral relations after the Polish Senate passed legislation that criminalizes accusing the Polish state of the crimes committed by the Germans during World War II. The bill passed Wednesday in the upper house of the Polish parliament days after passing…

  • Siberian synagogue built by former child soldiers returned to Jewish community

    TOMSK, Russia (JTA) — A Siberian wooden synagogue that was built in 1906 by Jews who were abducted as children and conscripted into the czar’s army was returned to the local Jewish community. The Jewish community of Tomsk last year was given control of the Soldiers’ Synagogue, which is one of just a handful of…

  • Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain hit record high for second consecutive year

    (JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic attacks recorded in the United Kingdom rose slightly in 2017, marking a new record for the second straight year, but saw a significant gain in violent assaults. The 1,382 cases recorded in the annual report of the Community Security Trust, or CST, which is British Jewry’s largest watchdog on…

  • Netanyahu is trying hard to court Putin. Is his rhetoric working?

    MOSCOW (JTA) — The story behind the huge Victory Monument that was unveiled in 2012 in the Israeli city of Netanya is not exactly common knowledge even there. Featuring two stone slabs each 50 feet high and shaped like wings, the seaside statue honors the Russian Army’s enormous contribution in defeating Nazism. It is known…

  • Netanyahu, Putin to discuss Iran after Moscow Holocaust commemoration event

    MOSCOW (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made firm statements about Iran before leaving for Russia to discuss the Islamic Republic with one of its key allies, President Vladimir Putin. In Russia, Netanyahu said in a statement published Monday morning that he will discuss with Putin “Iran’s effort to turn Lebanon into one giant…