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Australian broadcaster explains why it left Israel off the map

SYDNEY , Australia's national news service defended its decision to broadcast a graphic showing a map of the Middle East that included Palestine but not Israel. Shown during an Aug. 17 segment on ABC News Australia, the map illustrated a story about how laws in 11 Muslim-majority countries and the ...

Polish Jewish feud intensifies as one leader calls others 'court Jews'

, In an escalation of a feud among Polish Jews over a perceived increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric and the government's role in stopping it, a communal leader called Jews who met with a ruling party politician his court Jews.' Last week, Artur Hofman, president of the TSKZ cultural group of Polish ...

Cue the camels! Israelis are throwing themselves one-of-a-kind outdoor weddings

TEL AVIV – In this tiny country, there are only so many places to have a wedding. Or so you would think. But a growing number of Israelis are creating one-of-a-kind outdoor weddings from the ground up. In some cases, they even start with the ground. “We brought in bulldozers for one ...

Vandals scrawl anti-Israel graffiti on Bulgarian Jewish monument

, A monument put up by Jews in Bulgaria to thank the town of Vidin for preventing the deportation of its Jews during the Holocaust was vandalized. The Thanksgiving Monument, erected in 2003, was spray-painted with the words Allah,' Palestine,' Hamas,' and the Islamic star and crescent moon symbol, ...

Israelis are throwing themselves one-of-a kind weddings in nature

TEL AVIV – In this tiny country, there are only so many places to have a wedding. Or so you would think. But a growing number of Israelis are creating one-of-a-kind outdoor weddings from the ground up. In some cases, they even start with the ground. “We brought in bulldozers for one ...

The Barcelona Jewish community is not doomed

BARCELONA, Spain , In the wake of the horrendous recent terrorist attack in my city, our chief rabbi declared that the Jewish community here is doomed' and encouraged us to buy property in Israel. With all due respect to the rabbi, he is wrong. I am 34 years old and have lived in Barcelona since ...

Stephen Bannon reportedly 'going to war' against Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner

, Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly is going to war' against several White House targets, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to reports. A report Sunday evening in Vanity Fair titled “Steve Bannon Readies His Revenge: The war on Jared Kushner is ...

Jewish monument defaced in Bulgarian town

, A monument put up by Jews in Bulgaria to thank the town of Vidin for preventing the deportation of its Jews during the Holocaust was vandalized. The Thanksgiving Monument, erected in 2003, was spray-painted with the words Allah,' Palestine,' Hamas,' and the Islamic star and crescent moon symbol, ...

Following attack, French Jewish leader calls for 'immediate eradication' of terrorism

– Following the death of a pedestrian in what appeared to be a vehicular terrorist attack in Marseille, a leader of the local Jewish community called for the immediate eradication' of terrorism. Bruno Benjamin, the president of the local branch of the CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities, wrote the ...

Russia's Jews will get their etrog fruits from Italy despite sanctions, says rabbi

, The Italian government said that the export of Italy-grown etrog fruits to Russia will not be affected by sanctions imposed by the European Union against Moscow, Russia's chief rabbi said. The agreement to exempt the export of the citrus fruit, which Jewish communities use as a religious artifact ...

Arthur Finkelstein, political strategist for Nixon and Netanyahu, dies

, Arthur Finkelstein, a Republican political strategist who helped elect presidents, senators and two Israeli prime ministers, has died. Finkelstein died Friday at his home in Ipswich, Massachusetts, of lung cancer. He was 72. Arthur, as everyone who has worked with him called him, had passion in ...

Rabbi threatens to quit Jewish Home party over Naftali Bennett's lesbian aide

JERUSALEM , A rabbi who is a leader of the Jewish Home party has threatened to leave the party because a spokeswoman for its leader, Naftali Bennett, is a lesbian. Rabbi Yisrael Rozen, the head of the Zomet Institute, which researches how technology can be used under Jewish law, resigned Wednesday ...

Swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs found in Michigan park

, Swastikas and anti-Semitic and racial slurs were discovered in a skate park in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Veteran's Memorial Park was closed for several hours on Friday after the 15 swastikas and slurs, which included Jews die' and Free USA,' were discovered, according to local reports citing the ...

Volunteers from seven countries clearing historic Jewish cemetery in Poland

WARSAW, Poland , An international group of 18 volunteers, aided by seven volunteer Polish scouts from Poznan, is cleaning a Jewish cemetery in Warsaw that is among the world's largest. The work on the Okopowa Street cemetery, which was founded in 1806 and has over 80,000 identified gravestones, ...

Swastikas, anti-Semitic slurs, found in Michigan park

, Swastikas and anti-Semitic and racial slurs were discovered in a skate park in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Veteran's Memorial Park was closed for several hours on Friday after the 15 swastikas and slurs including Jews die' and Free USA' were discovered, according to local reports citing the Ann Arbor ...

Volunteers from seven countries clear historic Jewish cemetery in Poland

WARSAW, Poland , An international group of 18 volunteers from Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, the Czech Republic and Turkey with the help of 7 volunteer Polish scouts from Poznan are cleaning a Jewish cemetery in Warsaw. The work on the Jewish cemetery at Okopowa Street in Warsaw ...

Decades after the flight that carried Eichmann, El AL will fly again between Israel and Argentina

BUENOS AIRES , The Argentinean and Israeli national air carriers signed an agreement to begin flights between Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv. Aerolineas Argentinas President Mario Dell'Acqua and an El Al vice president met on Friday at the Argentinean embassy in Tel Aviv to sign the final agreement ...

Russian Jews slam Moscow's exclusion from Holocaust memorial project in Poland

, A leader of Russian Jews called on Poland to avoid any exclusion of Russia from an international forum that is responsible for preserving for educational purposes the former Nazi death camp of Sobibor. Mikhael Mirilashvili, the president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, issued the call Sunday, ...

Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis dies at 91

, Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis, known for his work with singer-actor Dean Martin and his four decades of hosting the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died. Lewis, best known for his starring role in The Nutty Professor,' died Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas, The Las Vegas Review ...

Michigan man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill children and Jews

, A Michigan man who used Twitter to threaten to kill children and Jews in mass shooting attacks was sentenced to two years of probation. A judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday gave David Lenio, 29, the probation sentence after giving him credit for the four months he served in jail after ...

Teens who twisted menorah into a swastika sentenced to meet with Holocaust survivor

, Three teens pleaded guilty to criminal damaging charges for twisting a large decorative menorah in the front yard of an Arizona family's home into a swastika. The teens, who were arrested in March and charged as juveniles in the December incident in a residential neighborhood in Chandler, ...

Palestinian teen who attempted to stab police in West Bank said on Facebook he wanted to die a 'martyr'

JERUSALEM , A Palestinian teen who attempted to stab Israeli Border Police officers at a West Bank junction posted on Facebook a will in which he said he intended to carry out an attack and die a martyr.' The Facebook post was reported by the Palestinian Maan news agency hours after Saturday's ...

Banners with anti-Semitic messages hung on Oregon highway overpasses

, Signs with anti-Semitic messages were hung on highway overpasses in Oregon. The banners were hung on two northbound highways, which were heavily travelled by California tourists heading to the state to get a better view of Monday's expected solar eclipse, according to local reports. The banners ...

American Friends of Magen David Adom joins 8 other groups in cancelling galas at Trump resort

, Nine charities have cancelled planned gala events at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, including the American Friends of Magen David Adom. AFMDA, the U.S. fundraising arm of the Israeli Red Cross organization, announced the cancellation of its benefit gala in a ...

Adelson, in email, expresses support for ZOA efforts to depose McMaster

– Sheldon Adelson in an email to Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein expresses support for efforts by the ZOA to get National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster removed from his position. But Adelson added that he is not looking to get deeply involved in this debate.' I don't know ...

Mnuchin defends Trump to Yale classmates who called on him to resign

, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended President Donald Trump in a statement in response to a letter from hundreds of his former Yale classmates who called on him to resign over Trump's response to the Charlottesville rally. More than 350 members of the Yale class of 1985 in a letter dated Aug. ...

Jewish senator calls on Jewish Trump Cabinet members to resign

, A Democratic Jewish senator has called on all of the Jewish members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet to resign over his response to the Charlottesville demonstration. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in an interview with MSNBC on Friday evening said in response to a question about whether he ...

Ivanka Trump praises Boston counter demonstrators in tweet

, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, in a tweet praised the thousands of counter demonstrators who marched in Boston in response to a conservative free speech rally. An estimated 15,000 counter demonstrators on Saturday in Boston surrounded a small group of conservatives who ...

MGM Resorts International will match employees' donations to civil rights groups, including ADL

, MGM Resorts International denounced hate speech and hate-based actions' in a letter to employees that offered to match their donations to civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League. “The events in Charlotttesville and Barcelona can easily cause us to feel overcome by hatred ...

In poll, 1 in 3 British Jews say they considered emigrating over anti-Semitism

, In interviews with thousands of British Jews, almost a third of them said they have considered leaving the United Kingdom over the past two years due to anti-Semitism. The findings are part of a report published Sunday by the Campaign Against Antisemitism watchdog group, which conducted since 2015 ...

In statement on Barcelona attack, local BDS chapter says Europe is 'responsible'

, Catalonia's branch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel suggested that European governments are responsible' for a terrorist attack in the Barcelona area. BDS Catalonia made the accusation on Friday, a day after the Islamic State terrorist group said its militants ...

HuffPost Bannon headline 'Goy, bye!' creates backlash

— HuffPost chose a questionable headline for its article about White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon leaving his position. “Goy, bye!” read the homepage of the news site. The unusual choice of words was a combination of the Yiddish word for a non-Jew and a lyric in Beyonce's ...

Was Stephen Bannon good for the Jews? A review

, Stephen Bannon, whose advice to President Donald Trump was that “darkness is good,” was thrust out into the light of the sunshiny day enveloping Washington, D.C., on Friday: He is no longer Trump's strategic adviser. It's not clear yet what led to Bannon's departure. He alone among ...

American mayors' group, ADL announce agreement to combat hate

NEW YORK , The mayors of America's largest cities are launching a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate and bigotry. Nearly 200 mayors have joined the agreement, which was announced Friday, since it was first circulated Tuesday night among the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The ...

11 former White House Jewish liaisons: Trump doesn't understand anti-Semitism

, As Jewish liaisons to four different presidents, we had the responsibility inside the White House to give voice to the perspectives and priorities of the American Jewish community. While our community may not be unified in matters of policy and politics, our spiritual practice, cultural traditions ...

Who are you calling a Nazi?

, President Donald Trump and his top aides have been accused of indulging the nationalist far right and its various hangers-on, including the rogue's gallery of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched on Charlottesville last weekend. But does that make them Nazis? Jewish groups usually steer ...

New York's Orthodox Jews are expanding into these towns, and some residents aren't happy

AIRMONT, N.Y. , When Moshe Pinkasovits walks with his kids down the street on Saturdays in his new town, he has to watch out for drivers shouting anti-Semitic slurs. The Pinkasovits family didn't face this problem in the neighboring town of Monsey, a heavily haredi Orthodox enclave in New York ...

White House: Stephen Bannon is out as chief strategist

This is a developing story. — Stephen Bannon is leaving his position as White House chief strategist. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Friday was Bannon's last day in the role. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today ...

I talked to the 'anti-Semitic' Swiss hotel owner. It's more complicated than you think.

, A chuckle tickled my throat as Ruth Thomann, a Swiss hotelier who posted signs urging her Jewish guests' to shower before entering the pool, assured me that she has nothing against Jews.' To be clear, I don't find racism particularly amusing, especially not these days. But there was something ...

A century ago, Jewish Salonica burned. It was rebuilt, only to be destroyed anew.

— Exactly a century ago, on Aug. 18, 1917, a massive fire roared through the Mediterranean port city of Salonica, Greece, then home to the largest and most dynamic Ladino-speaking Sephardi Jewish community in the world. According to local legend, the fire erupted one Sabbath afternoon amid World ...

Hidden blueprint leads diggers to ancient ritual baths of Vilnius synagogue

, A newly discovered blueprint of the destroyed great synagogue in Vilnius led a team of archaeologists to unearth the remains of two ritual baths that were used by congregants of one of Europe's largest and most prominent Jewish communities before its annihilation. The synagogue, which was at the ...

Charlottesville says it provided protection to synagogue, refuting initial account

— Local officials said police provided protection to a synagogue during a far-right rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia refuting a claim by a Jewish community leader that they had refused to do so. On Friday, Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones said it “is simply not the ...

Palestinian ex-terrorist deported from US for lying on citizenship application

– A Palestinian who lied about her involvement in terrorist attacks was ordered to be deported for illegally obtaining her citizenship from the United States, where she has lived for 22 years. On Thursday, a U.S. federal court in Detroit ordered Rasmea Odeh's deportation, citing her admission to ...

Fox CEO James Murdoch rebukes Trump's response to racism, pledges $1 million to ADL

, James Murdoch, chief executive of the 21st Century Fox media corporation, pledged to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League in an apparent rebuke of President Donald Trump's statements on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In an email Thursday, the Fox scion ...

Windows smashed at Northern California synagogue

SAN FRANCISCO — Police  are investigating what appears to be vandalism at Temple Israel in the Bay Area city of Alameda. At about 6 p.m. Thursday, congregational president Genevieve Pastor-Cohen sent an email to the congregation stating, in the morning, it was discovered that two classroom ...

Following terrorist attack, Barcelona's chief rabbi says his community is doomed

, Commenting on deadly attacks in Catalonia, the chief rabbi of that region in Spain said his community is doomed, partly because of radical Islam and the alleged reluctance of authorities to confront it. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has been encouraging his congregants to leave Spain, which he called during ...

18 Jewish House Democrats call on Trump to 'stand up to hate'

WASHINGTON , Eighteen Jewish Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Donald Trump to “consistently and unequivocally fight against racists and anti-Semites” in the aftermath of the deadly far-right rally in Charlottesville. “We are deeply troubled by your ...

This Jewish pre-college program uses coding and cooking to build Jewish identity

This story is sponsored by Brandeis University. WALTHAM, Mass. — Mary Pridgen is an innovation-minded teenager who doesn't like to waste time. Volunteering in politics in Biloxi, Mississippi, Pridgen long had been vexed by a recurring problem: how to diplomatically extricate herself from ...

Black-Jewish Goldman Sachs VP sues firm for racial, religious discrimination

NEW YORK — A black-Jewish woman has sued Goldman Sachs over alleged discrimination due to her racial and religious background. Rebecca Allen, a vice president in the private wealth management division in New York, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday said the financial firm stopped her from landing an ...

Bumble dating app joins forces with ADL to 'ban all forms of hate'

— The popular dating app Bumble will work with the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Technology and Society for guidance on identifying all hate symbols.' The app, which as of February had over 12 million users, announced the partnership Thursday on its website. In a statement, the company called ...