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France detains 10 in probe of weapons used in 2015 Hyper Cacher killings

, French police have detained 10 people in the investigation of the deadly 2015 attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, sources close to the probe told Agence France Presse on Wednesday. The suspects include a suspected arms trafficker, Claude Hermant. Investigators are seeking to ascertain how ...

Jewish politician, group decry NY college inviting Linda Sarsour as commencement speaker

, A New York public university is standing by its decision to invite Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour to deliver a commencement address despite some opposition. Sarsour, who stirred controversy last month by saying one cannot be part of the feminist movement unless he or she is critical ...

Reform head asks Netanyahu to clarify how anti-boycott law will affect Israel trip participants

, The head of the Reform movement asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to clarify how the country's new anti-boycott law will affect participants in the movement's tours to Israel. In a letter sent Wednesday, Rabbi Rick Jacobs said he was writing on behalf of students who are scheduled to ...

German foreign minister holds meeting with left-wing Israeli NGOs, despite Netanyahu's objection

JERUSALEM , Germany's foreign minister met with representatives of left-wing Israeli organizations, despite being asked by Israel's prime minister to cancel such a meeting. Sigmar Gabriel reportedly met with representatives of B'Tselem, a human rights watchdog, and Breaking the Silence, a veterans' ...

The 3 cancers Jews need to worry about most , and how to reduce the risks

This story is sponsored by the Israel Cancer Research Fund. NEW YORK , As if Jews don't have enough to worry about. Geopolitical threats to the Jewish people may wax and wane, but there's another lethal danger particular to the Jewish people that shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon: cancer. ...

First same-sex conjugal visit approved by Israel Prison Service

JERUSALEM , The Israel Prison Service for the first time granted a same-sex conjugal visit for a prisoner. The decision reportedly was made Tuesday, though the Hebrew-language Walla news website reported that the visit took place a day earlier. Zaor Hankishayev took the Israel Prison Service to ...

Human Rights Watch worker receives Israel work visa after initial denial

JERUSALEM — Israel granted an American employee of Human Rights Watch a work visa after previously denying him both a tourist and work visa due to the NGO's alleged anti-Israel bias. Omar Shakir, who was named in March as the Israel and Palestine director for Human Rights Watch, a leading ...

German foreign minister holds meeting with left-wing Israeli NGOs, despite Netanyahu's request

JERUSALEM , Germany's foreign minister met with representatives of left-wing Israeli organizations, despite being asked by Israel's prime minister to cancel such a meeting. Sigmar Gabriel reportedly met with representatives of B'Tselem, a human rights watchdog, and Breaking the Silence, a veterans' ...

Former NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire is studying Hebrew

— Six-time NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire may soon be able to add another skill to his impressive resume: Hebrew. The 34-year-old basketball player, who moved to Israel after signing a two-year deal with the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem in August, is now learning the aleph-bet, ...

Jews with most education are least religious, study finds

NEW YORK , American Jews with the highest level of education are the least religious, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center study on religiosity and education in the United States published Wednesday found that the more years of schooling American Jews have, the less religious they are. ...

Trump visit to Israel at end of May in 'advanced talks'

JERUSALEM , President Donald Trump likely will make his first visit to Israel at the end of next month. Israeli and Trump administration officials are currently in “advanced talks” about a visit on May 21, before Trump's scheduled European tour or at the end of the month at the ...

2 of every 3 NYC subway hate crimes this year have targeted Jews, police say

, More than two-thirds of hate crimes on New York City subways this year have targeted Jews, according to the Police Department's Transit Bureau, with anti-Semitic graffiti the most frequent offense. Some 22 of 31 hate crimes on the subways this year targeted Jews, the Transit Bureau said in a ...

Man in Florida bar tells Jewish woman to 'get over Hitler'

, A woman told police in Palm Beach, Florida, that a man in a hotel bar told her to “get over Hitler” and pushed her when she ignored him. The man, identified by local media as Clifford Scholz, 73, also said he was descended from “German royalty.” Scholz, who was arrested ...

Palestinian teen attempts stabbing at same West Bank junction as his cousin a day earlier

JERUSALEM , A Palestinian teen was shot and critically injured after an attempted stabbing attack at the same West Bank junction where his cousin tried a similar attack a day earlier. The alleged assailants in the two attacks near the Hawara Junction, at the headquarters of the military's Samaria ...

Politico report critical of Obama's prisoner swap with Iran

, The Obama administration prisoner exchange with Iran allegedly involved dropping prosecutions against more Iranian fugitives than previously known, including a top procurer of material with nuclear applications. Some of the seven men freed in the exchange in January 2016 were accused by the Obama ...

On Jews and the Holocaust, Trump signals that he finally gets it

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump got the memo on the Holocaust and the Jews. In a barrage of statements this week from the president and his aides, the Trump administration wants you to know, he gets it, he really gets it: The Holocaust describes a genocide committed only against one people, ...

7 incredible new things the world can thank Israel for

TEL AVIV – To build a Jewish state in the Middle East, Israelis had to be innovators. Some of what they've come up with has been used mostly by their fellow citizens — think Hebrew slang, Bamba snacks and the Iron Dome missile defense system — at least so far. But many other Israeli ...

Marine Le Pen: Ban halal and all ritual slaughter

– Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, said she would ban halal slaughter of animals if she is elected, along with any other method of ritual slaughter without stunning. Le Pen, who finished second with 21.5 percent of the vote in the first round of the ...

Larry David's daughter has a new web series

— It isn't going to be easy to follow the footsteps of Larry David, Hollywood's most famous misanthrope. But David's 23-year-old daughter, Cazzie David, is doing a pret-tay, pret-tay good job. The younger David last week released a four-episode web series called Eighty-Sixed.' Her  series ...

Trump vows to combat Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON , President Donald Trump pledged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denialism, and to defend Israel in a speech marking the national days of Holocaust remembrance. Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil,' he said Tuesday at the annual ceremony organized by ...

Ivanka Trump visits Berlin Holocaust memorial

, Ivanka Trump visited a Holocaust memorial in Berlin hours after she was booed at the G20 women's summit in the German capital for defending her father's record on advocacy for women's rights. Trump visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe late Tuesday afternoon, walking through the ...

British government rejects Palestinian request to apologize for Balfour Declaration

, The British government has rejected a Palestinian request to apologize for the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which led in part to the creation of Israel. The British government sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry of the Palestinian Authority saying it would not apologize for the statement, as ...

Palestinian man shot during alleged stabbing attack at West Bank junction

JERUSALEM , Israeli troops shot a Palestinian man who was trying to stab soldiers near an Israeli military base in the West Bank. No soldiers were injured in the Tuesday afternoon attack at the Hawara Junction, the headquarters of the military's Samaria Regional Brigade near Nablus, in the northern ...

Sebastian Gorka walks off stage at Georgetown conference, calls protesters 'victims of fake news'

, Presidential aide Sebastian Gorka walked off a stage at Georgetown University after facing questions from students about allegations that he is a member of an anti-Semitic Hungarian group and about White House infighting. Gorka, a cyberterrorism adviser to President Donald Trump, left a ...

Trump's State Dept. budget gives the Palestinians a slight increase amid major cuts elsewhere

WASHINGTON , Assistance to the Palestinians is one of the few areas that will remain untouched in the Trump administrations plans for massive cuts at the State Department. Foreign Policy magazine on Monday posted 15 pages of proposed cuts it obtained as part of the Trump administration's plan to ...

Thousands sign petition against Trump speech at Holocaust museum event

, Thousands of American Jews have signed a petition challenging the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's invitation to President Donald Trump to deliver the keynote remarks at the National Day of Remembrance. Launched Monday by Bend the Arc, a Jewish group that advocates for social justice causes, the ...

Netanyahu cancels meeting with German foreign minister

JERUSALEM , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting with Germany's foreign minister after demanding he scrap a scheduled meeting with representatives of a left-wing Israeli organization. Netanyahu said he would cancel his meeting scheduled for Tuesday with Sigmar Gabriel, who ...

Trump says it's 'possible' he will ditch Iran deal

WASHINGTON , It's possible' that the United States will not remain in the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said. I believe they have broken the spirit of the agreement,' Trump told The Associated Press. There is a spirit to agreements, and they have broken it.' Asked by the AP whether that ...

Sanders, pressed on Jon Ossoff, says it's 'imperative' that Dems win Georgia seat

WASHINGTON , Bernie Sanders said it was imperative' to elect Jon Ossoff congressman from Atlanta's suburbs, pushing back against the perception that Sanders was unenthusiastic about what is seen as a critical election targeting the policies of President Donald Trump. “Let me be very clear,' ...

Trump proclaims week of Holocaust remembrance

— President Donald Trump described how “six million Jews had been brutally slaughtered,” in a proclamation marking the week-long Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust. The White House released the declaration Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day, ahead of Trump's planned speech ...

Larry David is upset that his hard work made Steve Bannon rich , but did it?

, The New Yorker's Connie Bruck has written perhaps the deepest dive into what forces shaped Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's top strategic adviser. We already know lots about Bannon: He helmed Breitbart News before he joined Trump's campaign last year, and he called the outlet a platform for ...

Trump reportedly picks businessman Howard Lorber to head Holocaust Memorial Council

— President Donald Trump reportedly is tapping Howard Lorber, a businessman and longtime friend, to serve as chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council's governing board. Lorber, the president and CEO of the Vector Group, a New York holding company, and chairman of the real estate giant ...

These American immigrants are winning back millions for victims of massive fraud in Israel

TEL AVIV , They were part of the problem. Now they are spearheading a solution. A Tel Aviv-based startup run by young American Jewish immigrants to Israel, or olim, has taken on the largely fraudulent binary options industry centered in this country that has been estimated to generate as much as ...

Holocaust survivors praise end of Allianz sponsorship of golf tournament

, Holocaust survivors praised the termination of Allianz's sponsorship of an annual Florida golf tournament. Survivors, who say the international insurance company still owes an estimated $2 billion in unpaid claims to them, have been protesting the annual PGA seniors tournament held in Boca ...

Israel signs deal for 6,000 Chinese workers , but they can't work in settlements

JERUSALEM , Israel signed a deal with China to bring in 6,000 construction workers after agreeing they would not work in West Bank settlements or eastern Jerusalem. Israel's housing minister, Yoav Galant, and the Chinese vice minister of commerce, Fu Ziying, signed the agreement on Sunday in ...

Americans for Peace Now cancels annual Israel trip over anti-boycott law

JERUSALEM , Americans for Peace Now has canceled its annual trip to Israel over the country's new anti-boycott law. The law passed last month by the Israeli Knesset bars entry to foreigners who publicly call for boycotting the Jewish state or its settlements. Americans for Peace Now is concerned ...

John Oliver gives us the harshest Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner takedown yet

— Much ink has been spilled on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's experience, their effect on the president, even their personalities — but none of us actually know all that much about them. Well, that's John Oliver's take on President Trump's two key advisers at least. The comedian spent most of ...

Holocaust survivors praise end of Allianz sponsorship of golf tourney

Holocaust survivors praise end of Allianz sponsorship of golf tourney , Holocaust survivors praised the termination of Allianz's sponsorship of an annual Florida golf tournament. Survivors, who say the international insurance company still owes an estimated $2 billion in unpaid claims to ...

Lawmakers from 20 states pledge to mandate Holocaust education

, Some 26 legislators representing 20 states have committed to introduce legislation that would require public schools to teach about the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide and other genocides. The states are among the 42 in the United States that do not already require education on genocide ...

World Jewish Congress elects Argentine businessman to lead Latin American branch

, The World Jewish Congress elected Argentine businessman Adrian Werthein as president of its Latin American branch, the Latin American Jewish Congress. Werthein was elected Sunday at the WJC's Plenary Assembly in New York City to succeed Jack Terpins, who has led the organization since 2001 and ...

Why Marine Le Pen is confident she will be France's next president

, Supporters of Emmanuel Macron were not alone in cheering his victory Sunday in the first round of France's presidential elections. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who finished second in the voting, saw it as excellent news. The two will face off in the final round next month after the ...

What the North Korea crisis tells us about the Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It's North Korea all over again. An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea, and take the world along with it,' Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...

Anti-Semitic, racist fliers found on Princeton campus

, Fliers with anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant messages were posted on the campus of Princeton University. The fliers were discovered in at least four areas of the campus on Thursday, the Daily Princetonian student newspaper reported, including on the door to the main entrance of the campus ...

Teen accused of threatening JCCs charged in Israel with extortion, causing panic

JERUSALEM , The Israeli-American teenager accused of making threats against Jewish community centers in the United States was charged with extortion and several other offenses in a Tel Aviv court. The teen from Ashkelon, in southern Israel, was charged Monday in district court with thousands of ...

Anti-Semitic incidents rise in US by more than 1/3 in 2016, surge in first quarter of 2017

– Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose by more than one-third in 2016 and shot up 86 percent in the first three months of 2017, the Anti-Defamation League reported. There has been a massive increase in harassment of American Jews, largely since November, and at least 34 incidents ...

UN secretary-general: Denial of Israel's right to exist is 'modern form of anti-Semitism'

NEW YORK , United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism, and called denial of Israel's right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. In a speech Sunday night at the World Jewish Congress' Plenary Assembly in New York, Guterres said he could not ...

UN Secretary General: denial of Israel's right to exist is 'modern form of anti-Semitism'

NEW YORK , United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism, and called denial of Israel's right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. In a speech Sunday night at the World Jewish Congress' Plenary Assembly in New York, Guterres said he could not ...

Trump mourns Jewish Holocaust victims and vows to fight anti-Semitism in speech to Jewish group

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump paid extended tribute to the memory of the Holocaust and to Israel in a speech to the World Jewish Congress. Given via prerecorded video at the opening dinner of the WJC's Plenary Assembly in New York City Sunday night, Trump's remarks honed close to Jewish ...

French Jews worried over Le Pen's success in presidential vote's 1st round

, Leaders of French Jewry had mixed reactions to the success of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French presidential elections. “Satisfaction and concern,” Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, wrote on Twitter ...

Allies could have saved 4 million Jews, Netanyahu says at Holocaust remembrance ceremony

JERUSALEM , Israel opened its Holocaust Remembrance Day with a ceremony during which six Israeli Holocaust survivors lit torches in memory of the six million Jews who died in the Shoah 70 years ago. The ceremony was held on Sunday night at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem. ...