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International

Apple sues NSO Group, the Israeli spyware firm sanctioned by US

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — Apple filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against NSO Group, the Israeli firm that was sanctioned by the United States last month for selling its cell phone hacking spyware to governments that used it to spy on activists and journalists.

Apple is seeking a permanent injunction that would prevent NSO Group from using Apple software. The company is also seeking damages of over $75,000.

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IDF seizes 120 kilos of cocaine and marijuana on the border with Egypt

– Israeli forces on Saturday seized narcotics worth tens of millions of shekels on the Egyptian border, the Israeli military reported.

Military spotters identified a number of suspicious individuals along the border on Saturday night, the army said in a statement. The troops scrambled to the scene seized some 120 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana.

It was the second major drug bust by the Israel Defense Forces in...

Israeli couple detained in Turkey for 8 days return home

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — An Israeli couple who were detained by Turkish police for eight days because they were suspected of being spies have been freed.

Natali and Mordy Oknin were arrested last week on suspicion of espionage after taking a photo of the presidential palace in Istanbul and sending it to family in Israel. Their family feared the couple could be held for the long term after a...

A quarter of European Jewish community leaders say they’ve considered emigrating amid concerns about growing antisemitism

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — A survey of Jewish community leaders in Europe found that 23% said they were considering emigrating.

That figure is unchanged since the last time the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee conducted its regular survey of European Jewish sentiment three years ago.

But the JDC survey found that European Jewish leaders, especially in Western Europe, are increasingly concerned about antisemitism, which for the first time since...

Danny Fenster, Jewish American journalist sentenced to 11 years in Myanmar prison, is released

(JTA) — Danny Fenster, a Jewish American journalist who has been imprisoned in Myanmar since May and was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday has been released.

Former New Mexico governor and former diplomat Bill Richardson, who was in the country on a humanitarian visit, told reporters Monday that Fenster would travel back to the United States “through Qatar, over the next day and a half,” according to CNN.

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South African government urges its own representative to boycott Miss Universe pageant in Israel

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — South Africa’s government is urging its national pageant winner to boycott this year’s Miss Universe contest due to its location in Israel. The contest will be held in Eilat on Dec. 12.

Government officials said they would not support the decision by Lalela Mswane, the winner of the country’s beauty contest, and the organizers of the national pageant to participate in the contest in Israel.

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UAE Crown Prince visits Israel Aerospace Industries booth at Dubai Airshow

(Dubai, UAE) – Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, visited the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) booth at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday, Nov. 14.

IAI is exhibiting at the prestigious Dubai Airshow throughout the week. The company is showcasing its state-of-the-art aviation systems, which include products aimed at civil aviation, special-mission aircraft and space systems.

The opportunity...

John Cleese cancels Cambridge University appearance over debate sparked by a Hitler impersonation

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — An impression of Adolf Hitler at Cambridge University has touched off a fight over the limits of free speech and has drawn Monty Python comedian John Cleese into the fray. 

The impersonation was delivered at a debate last week on whether there’s such a thing as “good taste.” Andrew Graham-Dixon, an art historian, impersonated Hitler as an example of bad taste, in order to argue...

‘Death to Jews,’ Polish nationalists shout at rally while burning book about Jews in Poland

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — At a nationalist gathering in Poland, locals shouted “death to Jews” as they burned a book representing past centuries of Poland’s protection of Jews.

The book burning Thursday in Kalisz, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants situated 120 miles southwest of Warsaw, was part of a series of nationalist events on Nov. 11, National Independence Day, which is the anniversary of when Poland regained its...

Their followers on the move, Lev Tahor sect leaders are convicted of child exploitation

By ASAF SHALEV

(JTA) — Two leaders of Lev Tahor, a fundamentalist Jewish sect, were found guilty on Wednesday of kidnapping and child sexual exploitation crimes by a federal jury in White Plains, New York. 

Nachman Helbrans and Mayer Rosner face a sentence of up to life in prison after a four-week trial over the abduction of two underage siblings in 2018 in New York and their transportation to Mexico....