International

Policy shift: US ambassador to Israel sits in on special envoy’s meeting with Palestinians

(JTA) — The State Department characterized the inclusion of the U.S. ambassador to Israel in meetings with Palestinian officials as an “upgrading” in relations.

David Friedman joined Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, at a meeting Tuesday with Palestinian officials in Jerusalem. The Palestinian peace...
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Israeli wines produced in West Bank removed from Canadian stores

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has ordered stores in the province to remove Israeli wines manufactured at two wineries of the West Bank from their shelves as they are labeled “Product of Israel” and not marked as “Product of the West Bank.”

According to a letter obtained by B’nai Brith...
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Protest planned for Paris Holocaust memorial event during Netanyahu visit

PARIS (JTA) — A Muslim website called on pro-Palestinian activists to crash a Holocaust commemoration ceremony in Paris to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attendance.

On Friday, the Le Muslim Post urged readers to show up in large numbers at the July 16 state ceremony at the Vel d’Hiv...
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Muslims and Jews in Europe hammer out strategies for blocking bans on ritual slaughter, circumcision

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A spokesman for Europe’s major intergovernmental agency assured Jews and Muslims in Amsterdam that attempts to limit religious customs like kosher slaughter and circumcision are forms of “intolerance and discrimination.”

Ilan Cohn of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, made the assertion at...
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India’s Modi upbeat about Israel ties as he ends historic visit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India ended a historic three-day visit to Israel by asserting that the “successful visit will add more energy to India-Israel relations.”

Modi and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, spent most of the trip together, during which the two governments signed several...
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Knesset speaker, a former Soviet prisoner, addresses Russian parliament

(JNS.org) — Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein delivered a historic speech Wednesday at the Russian Federation Council—the upper house of the Russian parliament in Moscow—30 years after he was released from a Soviet labor camp for his Zionist activism.

“Thirty-three years ago I was imprisoned here in Moscow by the authorities...
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Government covering up anti-Semitism in slaying of Jewish woman, French leaders say

(JTA) — The umbrella group of French Jewish communities escalated its criticism of authorities’ handling of the slaying of a Jewish woman by her Muslim neighbor, calling it a cover-up.

CRIF  made the accusation in a short and poignant statement Wednesday containing four loaded questions concerning the April 4 killing...
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Ukraine city to hold festival in honor of Nazi collaborator whose troops killed Jews

(JTA) — The Ukrainian city of Lviv will hold a festival celebrating a Nazi collaborator on the anniversary of a major pogrom against the city’s Jews.

Shukhevychfest, an event named for Roman Shukhevych featuring music and theater shows, will be held Friday.

Eduard Dolinsky, the director of the Ukrainian Jewish...
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Norwegian minister vows to protect circumcision after voting to oppose the practice

(JTA) — The leader of Norway’s second-largest party said she would not advance prohibitions against nonmedical circumcision of boys younger than 18 after she voted for a motion opposing the ritual.

Siv Jensen, the leader of the Progress Party — a junior coalition partner of the ruling Conservative Party —...
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Otto Warmbier’s Hillel rabbi recalls ‘one of the most intellectually curious people I’ve ever met’

(JTA) – Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma, was remembered by friends and loved ones at a public memorial officiated by his college Hillel rabbi.

Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director of the...
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