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International

Canada applies pressure to PA; Aussies prepare to abstain; France will approve U.N. bid

TORONTO (JTA) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally intervened to pressure the Palestinian Authority to drop its bid for upgraded status at the United Nations. While in New York to accept an award and attend the opening of a new session of the United Nations at the end of September, Harper had “a short, brusque meeting with [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas,” the Globe and Mail newspaper reported Monday.

“In...

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 Tottenham Hotspurs, and referred to the stabbing last week in Italy of a Spurs fan by a West Ham fan.

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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 of the 2008 massacre in which members of a Pakistan-based terror group attacked several sites in the city, including luxury...

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 sexual abuser and alleged victims cannot be disclosed because of a suppression order issued by an Australian court. The case...

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 a broader peace agreement negotiated with the Israelis, not through unilateral measures at the United Nations.”

Cardin (D-MD) and Collins...

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 were injured in the incident. It was the fourth time in a week that Israeli soldiers have fired into Syrian...

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 Zionist Federation of Australia. The participants, many dressed in red, heard the 15-second “code red” siren that has echoed across...

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 being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians,” said a statement from the White House Wednesday night.

“The President urged Prime...

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 Bank. A Russian investigative team also will be there on the same day, reportedly at the request of the Palestinian...

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 former communist activist who converted to Islam and has published texts warning of Jewish influence on media and lobbying.

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