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Oskar Schindler’s personal possessions sell at auction for $46K

(JTA) — Personal possessions of German businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,200 Jews he employed in his factory during the Holocaust, sold for more than $46,000.

The items – his Longines wristwatch, a compass, a 1938 Sudetenland Medal, two fountain pens, and a business card –...
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I spoke to the creators of Belgium’s anti-Semitic carnival float. They’re not sorry.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — I initially had some sympathy for the creators of an anti-Semitic carnival float in Belgium. Studying their CVs and past creations for the annual carnival of Aalst, I saw that they were a group of some 20 upstanding citizens — a fireman, a technician, an...
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Israeli spacecraft Beresheet executes complicated maneuver

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet conducted a complicated and successful maneuver as it continues on its journey to the moon.

The maneuver on Thursday was carried out according to plan, despite having to deal with a malfunctioning star tracker. Its main engine burned for 152 seconds during the action....
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Jason Greenblatt urges outside parties to support peace plan — and not to undermine it

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The best thing everyone except for the Israelis and Palestinians can do when the Trump administration reveals its peace plan is to be supportive, Trump’s chief negotiator said. And nothing else.

“It really is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians; they’re the ones...
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Belgian mayor defends carnival float featuring Jews with money and a rat

(JTA) — The mayor of the Belgian city whose annual parade featured puppets of Jews and a rat atop money bags defended the display, telling the local media that “In Aalst it should be allowed.”

Mayor Christoph D’Haese defended Sunday’s float at the Aalst Cranaval from passionate condemnations by Jewish...
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Otto Warmbier’s parents slam Trump’s ‘lavish praise’ for Kim Jong Un

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — The parents of Otto Warmbier, the U.S. college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and died shortly after his release, criticized President Donald Trump for what they called his “lavish praise” for the country’s dictator.

Kim Jong Un “and his evil regime are responsible...
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EU rules halal, kosher meat cannot be ‘organic’

(JTA) — Halal and kosher meat cannot be marketed as organic because the methods used to produce it are not animal-friendly enough, the European Union’s top court ruled. Tuesday’s ruling by the EU Court of Justice is primarily a symbolic victory for opponents of the production of halal and kosher...
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UN commission says Israel committed war crimes during Gaza border protests

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Gaza border protests, a United Nations investigation found.

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 189 Palestinians and injured more than 6,100 during the weekly protests in Gaza from March 2018 until the end of...
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Israel will continue to act against Iran in Syria, Netanyahu tells Putin in Moscow

(JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench militarily in Syria.

Netanyahu shortened his trip and planned to return Wednesday night, the day of his meeting with Putin, reportedly so...
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Chief rabbi of Buenos Aires brutally beaten in home attack

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The chief rabbi of Buenos Aires was brutally assaulted by a gang of people who entered his home before dawn on Monday.

The attackers broke into the apartment in the Jewish neighborhood in Once in Buenos Aires at around 2 a.m. shouting: “We know that...
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