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British soccer fans again face anti-Semitic chants

(JTA) — Fans of a popular British soccer club spewed anti-Semitic taunts and chants at fans of a second British club whose fans are sometimes referred to as the “Yid Army.” West Ham United fans on Sunday sang anti-Semitic songs about Adolf Hitler to supporters of the home team, the...
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Mumbai Jews mark fourth anniversary of attack on Chabad House

(JTA) — Mumbai’s Jewish community marked the fourth anniversary of the attack on the Chabad House that killed six, including the Chabad emissary couple in the Indian city. Among those on hand for Monday’s ceremony was Israel’s consul general in Mumbai, Orna Sagiv, who was in Mumbai at the time...
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Child sex scandals roil Australia’s Jewish community

By DAN GOLDBERG

SYDNEY (JTA) — Another major Jewish organization in Australia is embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal, adding to the trauma triggered by recent revelations of similar cases involving students at schools in Melbourne run by Chabad-Lubavitch and Adass Israel.

The name of the latest organization, alleged...
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Senators Cardin, Collins warn Abbas about U.N. bid

(JTA) — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Susan Collins sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly. The letter, sent Nov. 21, said that “Palestinian statehood can only be realized as a result of...
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Responding to fire from Syria, IDF may have killed Syrians

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli soldiers who fired into Syria after coming under fire from Syrian territory may have killed Syrian soldiers. An Israeli army spokesman told Army Radio on Sunday that Syrian soldiers were believed to have been killed in the incident, which had occurred the day before.

No Israeli soldiers...
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Worldwide rallies held for, against Israel’s Gaza operation

(JTA) – Rallies in support of and against Israel’s ramped-up military operation in the Gaza Strip were held throughout the world. In Australia, about 4,000 Jews in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra joined in solidarity with Israel on Sunday in what rallies that were dubbed as “Code Red” by the...
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President Obama voices support for Israel’s ‘self-defense’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in calls to Israeli and Egyptian leaders backed Israel’s right to self-defense as Israel’s counterattacks on the Gaza Strip intensified. “The President reiterated to Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks...
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Arafat’s tomb closed prior to exhumation

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The tomb of former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat was closed to the public in preparation for the exhumation of his body. A French investigative team is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 26 to take samples from his remains, which are buried in Ramallah in the West...
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Norway’s king nixes honor for foundation leader accused of anti-Semitism

(JTA) — The Norwegian Royal Palace reportedly has dropped controversial plans to recognize a converted Muslim who is accused of anti-Semitism. The decision to withdraw the honor for Trond Ali Linstad was announced Tuesday after Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang canceled his participation in the award ceremony. Linstad, 69, is a...
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Police: Neo-Nazis vandalized German Holocaust memorials

BERLIN (JTA) — Neo-Nazis are behind the destruction of 11 “stumbling block” Holocaust memorials, say police in the German city of Greifswald. The vandalism in the eastern Germany city was discovered Nov. 9, the 74th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom against Jews.

According to the Die Welt newspaper, the brass...
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