Tel Aviv will play host to 2019 Eurovision competition

TEL AVIV- The municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo officially announced today that the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv. It is the first time Tel Aviv will be hosting the show, which last year attracted an estimated 186 million viewers.

After an extensive inspection of local amenities and...
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Australian lawmaker with Jewish wife attacked with pig entrails at office door

SYDNEY (JTA) — The district office of an Australian member of Parliament whose wife is Jewish was targeted by racists who threw pig’s entrails at the front door.

The early Wednesday morning attack follows an earlier attack by the far-right group Antipodean Resistance on Sept. 1 on another office belonging...
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Jewish restaurant owner injured, restaurant vandalized during German neo-Nazi riots

(JTA) — Jewish groups are incensed that an attack on a Jewish restaurant and its owner in Chemnitz during last month’s riots in that former east German city went unmentioned for several days.

According to Die Welt newspaper, during anti-migrant demonstrations that turned violent on August 27, about 12 masked neo-Nazis injured...
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Budapest synagogue reopens after centuries of disuse

(JTA) — A former synagogue in Hungary’s capital city that had not been used as a place of worship in centuries reopened as a Jewish house of worship in a ceremony attended by the country’s president.

President János Áder attended the rededication and opening ceremony of Buda Castle Synagogue on...
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Sacks doubles down on Corbyn as anti-Semite criticism in BBC interview saying: ‘I had to issue a warning’

(JTA) — Former British chief rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, warned in an interview that Jewish people are making plans to leave Britain over fears of an anti-Semitic backlash precipitated by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Sacks said Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that “when people hear the kind...
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What’s on and off the table when it comes to Middle East peace


  — Long eluding his predecessors, U.S. President Donald Trump has not shied away from attempting to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has called the “deal of the century.”

Trump has broken with previous administrations by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the U.S....
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French parliament evacuated over white powder sent to Jewish lawmaker

(JTA) — Dozens of firefighters evacuated a part of the building housing the French parliament after a letter containing slurs against a Jewish lawmaker and white powder was found there.

The letter, reading “fat Zionist pig, you’re not French,” among other insults, was opened by an employee of Meyer Habib’s...
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Arab-Israeli lawmakers ask UN to condemn nation-state law

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Arab-Israeli lawmakers and the Palestinian Authority want the United Nations to condemn Israel’s nation-state law.

Several lawmakers from the Joint List, an Arab-Israeli political party, are involved in an effort to get the U.N. General Assembly to officially condemn the law, along with Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian...
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Trump administration looks set to end UNRWA funding altogether

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration appears set to cut off funding altogether to UNRWA, the United Nations agency that administers relief for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

The United States has so far this year disbursed $60 million to UNRWA. It sent $364 million to UNRWA last year, by...
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J.K. Rowling calls out writer over Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism: ‘What other minority would you speak to this way?’

(JTA) — J.K. Rowling went head to head with a fellow British writer on Twitter over his criticism of Jewish complaints about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Simon Maginn, who has written five thrillers under his own name and satirical comedies under the name Simon Nolan, on Sunday in a...
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