Kerry: Sequestration would cut funds to Israel, Egypt & Jordan

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sequestration could lead to cuts in military assistance to Israel, Jordan and Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress. “Under sequestration, our security assistance accounts would face an approximately $500 million reduction, undermining our efforts around the world to prevent conflict and protect our national security,”...
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Entertainer’s poster with swastika-Star of David draws ire of Greek Jews

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — Greek Jews want posters featuring a symbol of an intertwined swastika and Star of David to promote a nightclub entertainer’s shows to be taken down.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has complained to authorities in Athens about the posters advertising a series of...
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Attack on British soccer fans in France appears to be anti-Semitic

(JTA) — Fans of the British soccer team the Tottenham Spurs were targeted in an apparent anti-Semitic attack at a pub in Lyon, France. A mob of about 50 entered the Smoking Dog on Wednesday night making a Nazi salute before smashing doors and throwing chairs and other objects.

There were...
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Aussie rabbi denies he knew of sexual abuse

SYDNEY (JTA) – The head of a suburban Sydney day school denied allegations that he was aware of child sexual abuse taking place at the institution decades ago and failed to report it to authorities.

One of two men accused of sexually abusing boys at the Yeshiva Centre in Bondi...
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Michael Moore intervenes to help Palestinian attend Occars

(JTA) — Director and activist Michael Moore intervened to help Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat enter the United States to attend the Academy Awards ceremony.

Burnat, co-director of the film “5 Broken Cameras,” which is nominated for best documentary, was detained early Wednesday morning by U.S. immigration officials at Los Angeles...
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Israeli doctor, technician accused of harvesting eggs

(JTA) — Romanian police reportedly detained two Israel medical professionals suspected of illegally harvesting eggs from local women. Dr. Rapahel Ron-El, a fertility specialist and director of the in vitro fertilization unit at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in central Israel, and Daphna Komarovsky, a technician, were released to house arrest at their...
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U.S. lawmakers in Cuba push for release of Gross

(JTA) — A U.S. congressional delegation is in Cuba to press for the release of imprisoned American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross. Seven lawmakers led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) arrived in Cuba on Monday for a three-day visit, according to Reuters.

The delegation plans to meet with Gross, as well as parliament...
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Dershowitz claims a leading candidate for pontiff is anti-Semite

(JTA) — Alan Dershowitz wrote in a letter to the editor of the Miami Herald that one of the leading candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI is an anti-Semite. Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and Israel activist, was responding to a list published last week after the resignation of Benedict that...
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Golden Dawn questions Holocaust commemoration day in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — The Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party questioned the country marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, calling it “unacceptable.”

In the Greek Parliament last week, Golden Dawn lawmaker Ioannis Lagos asked the Education and Interior ministers why state institutions and schools commemorate the remembrance day, which is marked...
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Designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization, Congress members urge EU

(JTA) — More than 100 members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to the European Union’s foreign policy chief urging her to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The bipartisan letter was sent Monday to Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for...
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