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President Trump announces death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in special ops raid

By ALAN SMASON

President Donald Trump acknowledged the death of Daesh (ISIS) top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by unspecified U.S. special forces in a dangerous raid in northwestern Syria last night.

In an impromptu White House news conference, the president confirmed al-Baghdadi was pursued by forces, trapped in a tunnel...
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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is making a political comeback in Argentina, and the Jews there are split

By ALAN GRABINSKY

(JTA) — Argentines head to the polls for the final round of presidential elections later this month. The two candidates are the incumbent, Mauricio Macri — the first conservative elected in the South American nation in several decades — and Alberto Fernandez, a left-wing populist.

Things are...
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Organizers of Belgian parade that caused anti-Semitism controversy print new caricatures of Jews

(JTA) — Organizers of a parade in Belgium that this year provoked international uproar over alleged anti-Semitism published 150 caricatures mocking Jews ahead of the 2020 event.

The caricatures, some featuring Orthodox Jews with red, hooked noses and golden teeth, were printed on ribbons intended for participants in the annual...
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Congressmen call out Twitter for allowing Hamas and Hezbollah on the platform

(JTA) — Four members of the House of Representatives have called out Twitter for allowing Hamas and Hezbollah to maintain a presence on its social media platform.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-NY.; Tom Reed, R-NY.; Max Rose, D-NY.; and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-PA., wrote in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey...
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Trump’s ‘impulsive’ decision to leave Syria undermines Israel’s interests, according to experts

By JACKSON RICHMAN

(JNS.org) – The abrupt decision by U.S. President Donald Trump last week to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria has led to a major foreign-policy crisis in the region and worldwide.

Equally as important are the changing roles of Syria, Turkey, Russia, Iran and Israel in the immediate area....
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Netanyahu requests pardon from Putin for Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent an official request to Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon an Israeli-American woman sentenced in Russia to 7 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into the country.

The request submitted on Sunday to pardon Naama Issachar, 26, and...
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Thousands march in Berlin against anti-Semitism

(JTA) — More than 10,000 people marched in Berlin against anti-Semitism and in a show of support for the victims of anti-Semitic violence in the city of Halle.

The march on Sunday left from Bebelplatz, significant as a site of Nazi book-burning, to the New Synagogue in central Berlin. Several...
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Orthodox synagogue association honored 2 Giuliani associates months before they were arrested

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — On Wednesday night, federal authorities arrested Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas at a Washington-area airport and charged the Ukrainian-American businessmen with campaign finance violations related to the burgeoning Trump-Ukraine scandal.

Six months earlier they had been honored at the gala dinner of the...
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40-year-old music lover and 20-year-old soccer fan identified as victims of Halle synagogue gunman

(JTA) — Jana Lange was a dedicated fan of German pop music. Kevin S. was a construction worker and decorator who loved soccer.

They have been identified as the two victims killed in the shooting by the gunman who tried to enter the Halle synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur....
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German synagogue attacker confesses to anti-Semitic motive; admits funding through Bitcoin

(JTA) — The German man suspected of killing two people near a synagogue on Yom Kippur has confessed to the attack and said that he had anti-Semitic and far-right motives, the German federal prosecutor’s officer said..

Stephan Balliet, 27, made a “very comprehensive” confession during an hours-long interrogation, according to...
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