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

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — 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...
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Persian speakers demand Iran be punished for banning soccer stars who played against Israel

(JTA) — Thousands of Persian speakers on social media demanded that the world soccer federation punish Iran after it banned two athletes from the national soccer team for participating in a match against Israelis.

The players, Masoud Shojaei, 33, the captain of the national team, and Ehsan Haji Safi, 27,...
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French Jewish group ties car ramming near Paris to their complaint about hate crime

(JTA) — French Jewish leaders seized on a suspected terrorist attack against police officers to again criticize authorities for not labeling the murder of a Jewish woman as a hate crime. On Wednesday, the CRIF umbrella group of French Jews posted a sarcastic statement on Facebook about the car-ramming Wednesday...
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Israel’s drip irrigation giant sold to Mexican company for $1.5 billion

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Mexican industrial group will acquire control of the Israeli drip irrigation giant Netafim for $1.5 billion.

Mexichem has agreed to buy an 80 percent stake in Netafim, the world’s largest drip irrigation company, in a deal valuing the company at $1.895 billion. It will...
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Epic fail: T-shirt company tries to reclaim the swastika as a peaceful symbol

(JTA) — An American company is facing criticism for marketing T-shirts that frame the swastika as a symbol of “love” and “life.”

KA Designs was selling the shirts, which feature white swastikas on a rainbow-colored background with the words “peace” or “zen,” on the U.S.-based clothing company Teespring’s website.

Before...
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Jordan’s King Abdullah makes rare visit to Ramallah in West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for the first time in nearly five years.

The two leaders in their West Bank meeting reportedly discussed President Donald Trump and the peace process, as well as the recent crisis over the Temple Mount.

Abdullah...
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Irish Jewish leaders defend columnist fired for anti-Semitic references

(JTA) — Leaders of the Irish Jewish community have come to the defense of a columnist who was fired for a column in which he made anti-Semitic references.

The Sunday Times fired columnist Kevin Myers on Sunday, the same day its Irish edition published his column on the BBC’s gender...
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Israeli family flees home after embassy guard’s name made public in Jordan

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The family of the Israeli Embassy security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians after being stabbed   has left its home after a newspaper in Jordan made the guard’s identity public.

The identity of the guard, Ziv Moyal, 28, from a moshav in southern Israel, had...
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Jewish athlete barred from 1936 Berlin Olympics dies at 103

(JTA) — Margaret Bergmann Lambert, a high jumper who was barred from the 1936 Berlin Olympics because she was Jewish, died in New York at 103.

Her niece, Doris Bergman, confirmed that Lambert died Tuesday, The New York Times reported.

In June 1936, just a month before the Olympics, Lambert,...
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Billionaire unjustly jailed in Putin’s Russia to represent Jewish ex-Soviet communities

(JTA) — Eight years after his release from wrongful imprisonment in Russia, the Israeli billionaire Mikhael Mirilashvili was elected to lead the World Jewish Congress Euro-Asian affiliate representing communities from Ukraine to Singapore.

Mirilashvili, who was released in 2009 after spending spent eight years in prison on trumped-up charges connected...
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