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Macedonia Holocaust museum damaged during protests

(JTA) — The Holocaust museum in Macedonia was damaged in a surge of violence that erupted in the country’s capital. Protesters over the weekend damaged the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia in Skopje and the glass area of the Macedonian Museum of History, and broke several windows...
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Hugo Chavez, anti-Israel president of Venezuela dies

NEW YORK (JTA) — Hugo Chavez, the longtime president of Venezuela who spouted anti-Israel rhetoric and befriended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, died yesterday, March 5.

Chavez, who ruled the South American country for 14 years, died Tuesday following a long battle with cancer, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in...
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Austrailian Jewry’s gay community celebrates ‘bar mitzvah’

SYDNEY (JTA) – Australian Jewry’s gay community celebrated its “bar mitzvah” at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

About 80 members of Dayenu, Sydney’s Jewish GLBT group, wore rainbow-colored prayer shawls and pink kipahs as they danced around a giant pink Star of David emblazoned with the words “Mazel...
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Biden: Obama not ‘bluffing’ on Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Joe Biden said President Obama is “not bluffing” when he says he will stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

The U.S. commitment “is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon period, end of discussion, period,” Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s...
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Danish Jews report record number of anti-Semitic acts

(JTA) — The Jewish community of Denmark documented 40 anti-Semitic incidents in 2012, almost double the number from 2009. A report released last week by AKVAH, the security unit of Denmark’s Jewish community of 8,000, counted six physical attacks on Jews last year.

In one, in November, several men of Middle...
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Experts testify on resurgent European anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Twelve experts of varying religions and homelands urged the U.S. Congress to speak out against hate speech and anti-Semitism throughout the world, notably Europe.

The human rights subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee held a two-hour hearing on Wednesday in which experts testified that anti-Semitism...
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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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