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Belgian parliament calls on EU to prepare list of ‘countermeasures’ against Israeli annexation

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Some lawmakers in the Belgian parliament want to play the sanctions card on Israel should it follow through on stated plans to annex part of the West Bank.

The lower house, the Chamber of Representatives, passed a non-binding resolution on Friday morning calling on the...
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Chabad says 100,000 people attended Zoom commemoration for Rabbi Menachem Schneerson

(JTA) — The Chabad-Lubavitch movement estimates that 100,000 people on 45,000 devices gathered in an online Zoom event to honor the late Chabad rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Schneerson, who died in 1994, led the movement’s transition from a small and insular Hasidic sect to an outward-facing global force. Tens...
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3 Jewish lawmakers who left Corbyn-led Labour over anti-Semitism return to the party

(JTA) — Three Jewish lawmakers who left Labour over its anti-Semitism problem under Jeremy Corbyn said they are rejoining the party because its new leader, Keir Starmer, has spoken out on the issue.

David Triesman, the ex-chairman of the Football Association, quit the party in July 2019, along with Leslie Turnberg,...
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Chuck Schumer and 2 other key pro-Israel Democrats warn Israel against annexation

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Three of Israel’s most stalwart boosters among Democrats in Congress are warning the country against annexing parts of the West Bank.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, and Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Robert Menendez of New Jersey released a...
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EU cancels funding to Palestinian NGO that objected to anti-terrorism clause

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The European Union has canceled a joint project and funding for a Palestinian NGO after the NGO objected to the anti-terrorism clause in the funding agreement.

The Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights refused to sign the agreement for the $2 million project. Under the...
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Jewish cemetery in Poland vandalized with spray-paint

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A wall of the Jewish cemetery in Tarnow, a city in southern Poland, was spray-painted with the letters “AJ,” likely meaning “Anti-Jude,” or anti-Jewish.

The wall’s Star of David was painted over as well. Police are investigating; there are no suspects. According to the cemetery keeper,...
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Protesters shout ‘dirty Jews’ at Paris rally against police racism

(JTA) — Paris police are investigating after multiple participants were heard shouting “dirty Jews” at a demonstration in Paris focused on Adama Traore, a black man who died in police custody there in 2016.

The chants erupted at Republique Square on Saturday during “Justice for Adama” rally, part of an...
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US sanctions ICC officials pushing war crimes’ investigation against allies

The Trump administration authorized sanctions against International Criminal Court (ICC) officials who are investigating alleged war crimes against the United States and its allies, including Israel.

The administration also authorized visa restrictions on Thursday against ICC officials and their family members.

The ICC, which U.S. Secretary of...
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Prominent British Jews urge Israel not to annex West Bank lands

(JTA) — Thirty-seven prominent British Jews, including the former lawmaker Luciana Berger and writer Howard Jacobson, signed a letter urging Israel not to apply its civilian laws in parts of the West Bank.

“It would have grave consequences for the Palestinian people most obviously,” says the open letter published Thursday...
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Nearly half the Jewish sites in Syria have been ruined. The fate of most Iraqi sites is unknown.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Nearly half the Jewish sites in Syria and a quarter of the sites in Iraq have been destroyed, according to a research project.

In Iraq, at least 68 out of 297 Jewish heritage sites have deteriorated to the point that they are beyond repair, the...
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