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Israeli Embassy in Finland attacked for 15th time in past 18 months

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Embassy in Finland has been vandalized by neo-Nazi and far right extremists for at least the 15th time in the last year and a half.

The glass front door of the embassy in Helsinki was shattered over the weekend, and images of swastikas and...
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Power struggles over ‘day after Abbas’ rage largely under the surface, for now

By YAAKOV LAPPIN

 In the West Bank, a number of factions, militias and armed terror organizations have been thinking for a while now about the day after the leadership of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas comes to an end.

Competition over the question of who will fill in...
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On 25th anniversary of AMIA bombing, Argentina lists Hezbollah as terrorist group

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina listed Hezbollah as a terrorist group on Thursday, the 25th anniversary of a deadly attack on Argentine Jews attributed to the Lebanon-based militia.

Hezbollah, which has denied any involvement in the 1994 bombing on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, was placed on...
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Linda Sarsour tweets that Jesus was Palestinian and Twitter goes crazy

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Muslim political activist Linda Sarsour started a mini-Twitter war after tweeting that Jesus was Palestinian.

“Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair,” she tweeted on Saturday.

This led to a more than 24-hour...
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Israel’s embassy didn’t want you to see the lobster in envoy’s lunch with Brazil’s president

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Israel’s embassy in Brazil shared a photo of its ambassador eating lunch with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, but not before blurring out the lobster dishes the two appeared to be enjoying.

The camouflaged picture made headlines in Brazil, with local media noting that the crustacean...
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Yad Vashem tells Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘learn about concentration camps’

(JTA) — Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum, had a response to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referring to migrant detention centers as “concentration camps.”

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” the freshman New York Democrat had said Monday night in an...
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Swastika graffiti found on Argentine Holocaust memorial

(JTA) — A swastika was spray-painted on a Holocaust memorial in the northeastern Argentine city of Resistencia.

The Monument to Humanity commemorates, among other victims, Irene Schwimmer de Korytnicki, the last survivor of the Holocaust who lived in the capital of the Chaco region. She died this year.

On Wednesday,...
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Director of Berlin Jewish Museum resigns over tweet linking pro-BDS story

(JTA) — The director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum has resigned a week after the museum tweeted a link to a pro-BDS story.

Peter Schaefer announced in a statement from the museum Friday that he would resign “to avert further damage from the Jewish Museum Berlin.”

Monika Grutters, the chairwoman of...
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Germany is accused of downplaying anti-Semitic attacks by Muslims

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — The annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin is often cited as a prime example of the rise of so-called new anti-Semitism in Europe: hatred of Jews in connection with Israel, often by people from Muslim societies.

Despite attempts by organizers in recent years to suppress some expressions of...
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International New York Times ends publication of political cartoons

(JTA) — The New York Times announced that it will no longer publish daily political cartoons in its international edition, in the wake of backlash over a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered anti-Semitic.

In the announcement made on Monday, the Times ended its relationship with two contract...
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