Anti-Semitic incidents decreased by 27% in Ukraine in 2019, Jewish group says

(JTA) — A Jewish organization in Ukraine said that the number of anti-Semitic incidents documented there last year decreased by 27 percent over 2018.

The United Jewish Community of Ukraine, one of several groups representing Ukrainian Jewry, said in a report published Monday that it has documented 66 anti-Semitic incidents...
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Pompeo announces intensified sanctions on Iran

(JTA) — The United States levied intensified sanctions on Iran, extending existing sanctions on its financial and energy sectors to its trade in metals.

The sanctions announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday are “in response to Iran’s attacks against U.S. forces and interests, and to deprive the...
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4 Jews injured in brawl with locals in Uman, Ukraine

(JTA) — Four Jews were lightly injured in the Ukrainian city of Uman in a violent altercation with a group of non-Jewish locals.

The incident happened Friday night, reported Sunday.

Violence broke out between the four Jews and as many as 30 men, some of them wielding clubs, the...
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Iran launches missiles on Iraqi bases housing US troops

 – More than a dozen ballistic missiles hit the Ain Al-Asad and Irbil Iraqi air bases in western Iraq early Wednesday morning there, with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) taking responsibility for the attacks. The bases house U.S. troops.

No casualties have been reported.

The attacks come less than a...
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Amar’e Stoudemire calls for end of anti-Semitism among African-Americans

(JTA) — Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire called for an end to anti-Semitism among African-Americans.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, Stoudemire said he wanted to “address the situation that happened in Monsey, with the brother that had the attacks on the Jewish people. Anti-Semitic attacks.”

His video statement continues:...
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Chabad emissaries warned to be on ‘high alert’ after Soleimani assassination

(JTA) — Chabad emissaries around the world have been warned to be on “high alert” in the wake of the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

The Chabad-Lubavitch Security Commission, in an email dated Jan.2, warned that Chabad centers could be targets of retaliation by the Islamic Republic.

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Netanyahu ends Danny Danon’s term as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not extend the term of Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Danon’s term officially expired on Tuesday, the same day that the announcement that his term would not be extended was made, Israel’s Channel 12 first reported.

Danon’s term was...
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Aussie Jewish groups slam Israel for choosing health minister who helped alleged pedophile

(JTA) — Jewish groups in Australia have decried Israel’s appointment to health minister of a lawmaker who is accused of helping an alleged pedophile sheltering in Israel to avoid deportation.

Yaakov Litzman, who heads the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party and serves as deputy health minister, was appointed to...
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Airstrike on Syria that killed 3 leads to Iranian threat against Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran has threatened Israel over an airstrike near Damascus, Syria, that killed three Iranians.

The attack on Sunday was attributed to Israel by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It targeted Iranian and Syrian military positions near Damascus, according to the group.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a...
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Astronaut Jessica Meir tweets Chanukah message from space

(JTA) — Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir tweeted a Chanukah greeting that included a photo of her holiday-themed socks with earth seen through the window in the background. “Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it on Earth!” Meir tweeted from the International Space Station.

Meir joined the crew of the...
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