Same-sex Jewish wedding takes the spotlight in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A same-sex Jewish wedding ceremony held in the iconic Brazilian hotel frequented by kings and queens has made headlines in Latin America’s largest nation.

It is the first Jewish same-sex wedding to go so public and is believed to be the first Jewish ceremony...
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Putin: Jews may be responsible for US election meddling

(JTA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Jews or other minorities might have been behind attempts to interfere in the 2016 American presidential elections.

In an interview with NBC News to air this weekend, Putin denied charges by U.S. intelligence services that he ordered meddling in the elections, saying the 13...
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British Labour Party suspends members of secret Facebook group over anti-Semitic posts

(JTA) — The United Kingdom’s Labour Party suspended several members of a private Facebook group that included the party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, over alleged anti-Semitic hate speech.

Reports in the British media Thursday did not name those who were suspended. The group had thousands of members.

A spokesperson for Corbyn,...
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Circumcision ban will prevent Jewish community life in Iceland, Scandinavian Jews warn

(JTA) — The leaders of the Jewish communities of four Nordic countries said that a bill proposing to ban nonmedical circumcision in Iceland “will guarantee” that no Jewish community is established there.

The presidents of the umbrella groups of Jewish communities in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland issued the unusual...
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Why is Ireland the most anti-Israel country in Europe?


 The Irish and Jewish people share a common history of suffering cruel persecution and achieving national redemption against immeasurable odds. But today, modern Ireland is one of Europe’s fiercest critics of Israel. This tension was on display last week as the Irish Senate was considering...
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Polish president to sign Holocaust rhetoric bill and refer it for judicial review

(JTA) — President Andrzej Duda of Poland said he would sign a controversial bill limiting rhetoric on atrocities committed in his country during World War II, but added that he would refer the measure for review by a constitutional court.

Duda made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday...
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Irish Ambassador called for clarification over settlements boycott bill


(TPS) — Ireland’s ambassador to Israel, Alison Kelly, was summoned to Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday afternoon at the instruction of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a clarification regarding an Irish legislative initiative calling for a boycott of trade with Jewish settlement communities on the West...
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Netanyahu warns Putin that Israel will ‘stop’ Iranian encroachment in Syria, Lebanon

( — In his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Putin that Israel will “stop” Iranian encroachment in Syria and Lebanon.

“The question is: Does Iran entrench itself in Syria, or will this process be stopped. If it doesn’t stop by itself,...
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Trump message on Holocaust Remembrance Day recalls the murder of 6 million Jews

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump in a message marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day called the Holocaust the “systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people” — a marked departure from last year when his message omitted any reference to Jews.

“Tomorrow marks the 73rd anniversary of the...
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Trump administration freezes half its funding of UN’s Palestinian relief agency

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration froze more than half its funding for the U.N. organization assisting Palestinian refugees and their descendants, citing what it depicted as the oversize U.S. role in the funding.

The State Department said Tuesday that it had put a hold on $65 million of the...
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