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White House, State Department condemn Jerusalem terrorist attack

– “We strongly condemn the heinous terror attack that took place this evening at a synagogue in Jerusalem, and are shocked and saddened by the loss of life, including the killing of at least eight innocent victims,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “The attack tragically occurred on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the memory of those lost in the Holocaust is commemorated around...

Pop artist paints ‘Simpsons’ characters as Holocaust victims outside Milan Holocaust memorial

By DAVID I. KLEIN

(JTA) — Just before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Milan’s Holocaust memorial debuted an eye-grabbing new addition on some of its exterior walls: murals of characters from “The Simpsons” dressed as Jews under Nazi rule.

But the Shoah Memorial Foundation said the well-known Italian pop artist who painted the murals didn’t reach out before creating the series of images, some of which show Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa...

Russia’s foreign minister says West’s opposition to Russia’s war is like Hitler’s ‘final solution’

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Last year, Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s top diplomat, drew criticism after saying Ukraine’s Jewish president was like Hitler. Now he’s upped the ante: Western countries assisting Ukraine in repelling Russia’s invasion are seeking a “final solution.”

Lavrov made the comments Wednesday during an annual press conference with Russian media.

“The United States formed a coalition with almost all Europeans that are part of NATO, and also...

Weapons have been heading from Israel to Ukraine — out of an American stockpile

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — A significant portion of the weaponry that the United States has sent Ukraine for use in its defensive war against Russia has come from a stockpile in Israel, according to a new report in The New York Times.

The location of the stockpile is significant because Israel has declined to supply Ukraine with weapons out of concern over inflaming Russia, which controls the airspace in...

90+ countries, including allies, express ‘deep concern’ over Israel’s retaliation against Palestinians

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Five countries stood out on a statement signed by more than 90 countries calling on Israel to end punitive measures it imposed on the Palestinians in retaliation for a United Nations vote that referred Israel to the International Court of Justice.

Those five countries — Estonia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Romania — were among the minority of 26 who voted against the resolution last month...

British parliament member booted from Conservative Party after comparing COVID-19 vaccination to Holocaust

By DAVID I. KLEIN

(JTA) — Andrew Bridgen, a member of British Parliament, has been booted from the Conservative Party after calling COVID-19 vaccination in the United Kingdom “the biggest crime against humanity since the Holocaust” in a tweet on Wednesday.

Starting on Tuesday, Bridgen has already been serving a five-day suspension from parliament for a breach of lobbying standards last year. Now the Tory leader will sit as an...

In a twist, German rabbi at scandal’s center cedes rabbinical school ownership to Berlin Jews

By TOBY AXELROD

(JTA) — In a shocking development, the embattled founder of Germany’s non-Orthodox rabbinical schools has relinquished his ownership stake in them to the Jewish Community of Berlin.

The 25,000 euro transaction means that Rabbi Walter Homolka is no longer in control of the Reform Abraham Geiger College and the Conservative Zacharias Frankel College at the University of Potsdam.

The sale achieves a result that the Central Council...

German zoo gets $26 million from widow of animal-loving Holocaust survivor

By DAVID I. KLEIN

(JTA) — The zoo in Cologne, Germany, has gotten its first check from the $26 million gift promised by the widow of a Holocaust survivor who credited the city’s residents for saving him during the war.

Elizabeth Reichert willed the funds to the Cologne Zoological Garden in 2017 in honor of her husband Arnulf, who died in 1998. Both Reicherts were born in Cologne and met...

Making good on campaign vow, Netanyahu government introduces bill to diminish Israel’s top court

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — Israel’s new government is wasting little time before following through on a central promise made by its leading politicians: to reshape the country’s judiciary and give lawmakers more power over it.

Yariv Levin, the newly appointed justice minister, on Wednesday announced planned legislation that would severely limit the Israeli Supreme Court’s ability to review and overturn laws and pledged to increase governmental control over the...

Moscow’s former chief rabbi: ‘The best option for Russian Jews is to leave’

By DAVID I. KLEIN

(JTA) — Pinchas Goldshmidt, the former chief rabbi of Moscow who fled the country earlier this year, said other Russian Jews should leave before it’s too late in an interview with the Guardian. 

“When we look back over Russian history, whenever the political system was in danger you saw the government trying to redirect the anger and discontent of the masses towards the Jewish community,” Goldschmidt...