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Holocaust memorials in Buchenwald and Berlin vandalized in same week

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — In the same week, sets of unidentified individuals cut down trees planted to commemorate Holocaust victims near the former Nazi camp of Buchenwald in Germany and drew swastikas were onto one of the concrete slabs of Berlin’s Holocaust memorial.

Near Buchenwald, the perpetrators on Tuesday sawed off the tops of seven trees planted along a road that used to lead to the camp, the DPA...

Dozens of Jewish graves damaged in 600-year-old Turkish cemetery

(JTA) — Dozens of Jewish graves were damaged or destroyed in the 600-year old cemetery of Istanbul’s Hasköy neighborhood last week, the Turkish Jewish community announced via Twitter.

“Our Hasköy Cemetery was entered at midnight, and 36 of our tombstones were destroyed,” the community’s official Twitter account said last Thursday. The Turkish Jewish weekly Şalom Gazetesi later put the number at 81. “The matter has been conveyed to the relevant...

Biden says ‘ground is not ripe’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as he announces new Palestinian aid

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — After meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, U.S. President Joe Biden conceded that “the ground is not ripe at this moment” to restart long-dormant peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

“I know that the goal of the two-state [solution] seems so far away, while indignities like restrictions on movement and travel or the daily worry of your children’s safety are real and immediate,”...

Saudi Arabia opens airspace to Israeli flights

By CALEB GUEDES-REED

(JTA) — Saudi Arabia fully opened its airspace to Israeli flights for the first time, the latest sign of the two countries’ warming relations.

The country’s civil aviation authority announced the change on Friday, as President Joe Biden flew into Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for a conference of Gulf states.

Until now, Israeli flights to and from Asia had to detour around Saudi Arabian airspace. The move saves...

Shinzo Abe, former Japanese prime minister who bolstered ties with Israel, is assassinated

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan who boosted relations with Israel as part of his effort to increase his country’s global influence, was assassinated at a campaign rally on Friday.

Abe, 67, who led Japan from 2012 to 2020 after a short stint in 2006-2007, was speaking at a rally in Nara when he was shot multiple times from behind. Japan has some...

Ukraine says it will not allow in Uman pilgrims for Rosh Hashanah

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — More than four months into its devastating war against Russia, Ukraine is sending a new message to the world’s Jews: Don’t come here for Rosh Hashanah.

Tens of thousands of Jews flood into Uman, a central city that is home to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, a 18th-century Jewish luminary, annually for the Jewish new year. Even in the first year of the...

Boris Johnson’s Jewish moments, from a broken menorah to a change in Israel-UN policy

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) – For many Britons, Boris Johnson’s tenure as prime minister will have been defined by scandals like the one that forced him to resign on Thursday.

For Jewish Britons, the memories might well include a broken menorah.

Elected in 2019, the Conservative Party leader announced Thursday that he would step down after his cabinet collapsed amid his latest scandal — the way Johnson handled the case...

Exiled from Russia, Pinchas Goldschmidt is formally out as Moscow’s chief rabbi after 29 years

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Pinchas Goldschmidt, who left Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, is no longer the chief rabbi of Moscow after 30 years with the title.

The board of the Moscow Jewish Religious Society voted last month to support a contract extension for Goldschmidt, even though he had been in Israel for some time. But the RBC, a Russian news organization, reported Wednesday that the group, which...

Ben & Jerry’s sues parent company Unilever over sale of Israeli business

By CALEB GUEDES-REED

(JTA) — Ben & Jerry’s is not letting go of its West Bank pullout goal without a fight — with its parent company.

The iconic ice cream brand has filed a lawsuit against Unilever over its decision last week to sell the Israeli arm of the business to Israel-based franchise, American Quality Products, Ltd., which will continue to sell Ben & Jerry’s in the West Bank.

Ben...

Mexico’s president insists that a Jewish critic of his is ‘Hilterian’

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) – Mexico’s president doubled down on calling a Jewish critic of his administration “Hitlerian,” prompting protests from representatives of his country’s Jewish community.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a left-leaning politician, had on Wednesday called Carlos Alazraki “extremely conservative, like Hitlerian” after the journalist criticized the government’s handling of immigration from Venezuela. Alazraki said the government is letting in undocumented foreigners without vetting them, though the...