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Son of Jewish engineer elected president of Latvia

(JTA) — The son of a Jewish engineer was elected president of the Baltic nation of Latvia. Egils Levits, 63, was elected Monday by a majority of 61 lawmakers out of 100 in the Saeima, the Latvian parliament, the news service BNN reported. The president holds some executive authorities in...
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UK politician accused of promoting anti-Semitism in US wins European Parliament elections

(JTA) — A politician whom British Jews have accused of promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories emerged as a the largest representing the United Kingdom in the European Parliament.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party clinched 31.7 percent of the British electorate Sunday, leading by more than 13 points over the second-largest Liberal Democrats.

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German tabloid publishes cut-out kippah to wear in solidarity with country’s Jews

BERLIN (JTA) – Germany’s most-read tabloid, BILD, has printed a cut-out kippah for readers to wear in solidarity with their Jewish neighbors.

The publication follows controversial comments by Felix Klein, Germany’s commissioner on anti-Semitism, that he could not recommend that Jews wear kippahs in public at any time and place...
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Photos of Holocaust survivors exhibited on Vienna street vandalized again

(JTA) — An exhibit of photos of Holocaust survivors lining a major street in downtown Vienna was vandalized for a third time.

Holes were cut into the portraits of the survivors taken by German-Italian photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano, days after some were defaced with swastikas and cut into with...
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Palestinians officially reject economic summit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization made it official: They will not be attending the Trump administration’s economic summit next month in Bahrain. The Palestinians said they were not consulted on the plan to hold the conference in Manama as part of the overall peace proposal...
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Al Jazeera suspends 2 journalists for video questioning Holocaust

(JTA) — The Al Jazeera Media Network has suspended two journalists for making a video in which they said the Holocaust is “different from how the Jews tell it.”

On Sunday, the Qatar-based network distanced itself from the Arabic-language video posted a day prior on AJ+, an online channel owned...
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Paris Holocaust monument for children ‘censored’ in unusual case of vandalism

(JTA) — Parts of a text commemorating the murder of Jewish children in the Holocaust were painted over, as if redacted, at a newly-opened memorial park for victims of the genocide in Paris.

Police received reports this week of the unusual vandalism at the memorial space that opened in 2017...
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Is Iran the new Iraq? Here are the similarities — and big differences

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An American administration is issuing dire warnings about a Persian Gulf nation, there’s talk of war and questions about the quality of intelligence. And those who back confronting Iran and those who don’t are citing Israel as a factor.

If the Iran war talk...
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Trump praises Orban as ‘tough’ defender of Christians

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a “tough” defender of Christianity, ignoring calls from lawmakers of both parties to call out the right-wing leader as anti-Semitic and anti-democratic.

“Viktor Orban has done a tremendous job in so many different ways,” Trump said Monday...
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Thousands led by Palestinian icon Ahed Tamimi march in London for a ‘free Palestine’

(JTA) — Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through central London for the National Demonstration for Palestine.

The marchers during the event on Sunday called to “free Palestine,” for a “right of return” for Palestinians, and for the end to “unprecedented attacks on Palestinians by Israel.

The event, which marks the...
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