Tuesday, December 1st 2020   |


Six weeks ago, Facebook announced a ban on Holocaust denial. It’s still easy to find.


(JTA) — As of Wednesday afternoon, one of the first results in a Facebook search for “Holohoax” — a term popular with Holocaust deniers — was a post decrying “Zionist White Jewish Supremacist Child murdering Apartheid State, Talmudic Satanic Holohoax promoters.”

Right below it was a video, posted by a group with more than 6,000 followers, captioned “Research: Holohoax and Jew world order.”

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22% of hate crimes in Europe in 2019 were against Jews, report shows

(JTA) — Anti-Semitic incidents accounted for 22% of hate crimes recorded last year in the pan-European region, though Jews comprise less than 1% of the population there.

The data on hate crimes comes from a report about 5,954 incidents recorded in Europe, Russia and Central Asia by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, or ODHIR, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, ODHIR said...

Report: Israeli agents assassinated al-Qaeda’s no. 2 in Iran

– Israeli operatives shot al-Qaeda’s second in command on the streets of Tehran on behalf of the United States, intelligence officials told The New York Times in a report published on Friday.

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was one of the planners of the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was shot in his car, together...

Christiane Amanpour invokes Kristallnacht in comparing Trump’s ‘assault on fact’ to the Nazis

(JTA) — CNN’s Christiane Amanpour invoked the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in comparing President Donald Trump’s dishonesty to the Nazi “attack on fact.”

Amanpour made the comparison on Thursday in the introduction to her show, “Amanpour,” which CNN calls its “flagship global affairs interview program.”

”This week 82 years ago, Kristallnacht happened,” Amanpour said in the monologue. “It was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide...

Proposal to ban circumcision of boys scrapped from Finland bill

(JTA) — Lawmakers in Finland have removed language against nonmedical circumcision of boys from a bill on female genital mutilation following a push by Jews in the country and Europe. The measure calling to “clarify” Finland’s ban on the genital mutilation of women passed Friday in the Parliament.

Amendments would have potentially limited or outlawed the nonmedical circumcision of boys, Yaron Nadbornik, president of the Central Council of Finnish Jewish...

Saeb Erekat, longtime Palestinian peace negotiator, dies of the coronavirus


(JTA) — Saeb Erekat, the perpetually optimistic Palestinian peace negotiator who forged close relationships with his Israeli counterparts and pressed until his final days for a two-state outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has died.

Erekat, 65, died Tuesday at Hadassah hospital in Ein Kerem, a suburb of Jerusalem, where he was in the care of Israeli physicians. He had been hospitalized with the coronavirus since last month....

Vienna shooting did not hit a synagogue, community leader says

(JTA) — About 50 shots were fired in an incident on Monday near an area in Vienna with several synagogues, but the attack did not involve the Jewish institutions, the president of the city’s communal organization said.

One man was seen lying on the ground at the scene of the incident where police are investigating, Heute reported.

The Austrian Ministry of the Interior said the incident may have been a...

Jeremy Corbyn could be expelled from Labour over anti-Semitism, his successor says

(JTA) — Jeremy Corbyn, who was suspended from Britain’s Labour party this week for downplaying its anti-Semitism problem, could be kicked out of the party altogether, his successor said.

In an interview Friday, Keir Starmer, who succeeded Corbyn as party chief in April, responded to the dramatic fallout from a report this week by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which found that Labour had violated anti-discrimination laws under Corbyn...

In an Arab first, Bahraini institution joins with State Dept. to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Bahraini institute has signed an agreement with the US State Department to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and delegitimization of Israel.

The memorandum of understanding, signed Thursday in Washington, D.C., marks the first time an Arab country has embraced a key Trump administration agenda item, to get countries to include anti-Zionism and some forms of harsh criticism of Israel in their definitions of anti-Semitism. It...

JDC names Ariel Zwang as its first woman CEO

For the first time in its more than a century of service to the worldwide Jewish community, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced the selection of a woman, Ariel Zwang, as its CEO.

Zwang, a highly visible Jewish figure in New York, will be leaving her present post as CEO of Safe Horizon, the former Victim Services Agency, a social services agency that sheltered and protected victims of...