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Berlin synagogue mezuzah vandalized with swastika

BERLIN (JTA) — The mezuzah at the entrance of the Tiferet Israel synagogue in Berlin was found damaged last week with a swastika drawn on the parchment.

The anti-Semitic incident was first reported by Sigmount A. Königsberg, a commissioner covering anti-Semitism for the Jewish Community of Berlin organization. Last Thursday evening, Königsberg tweeted from his personal account that he learned of the incident from the synagogue’s Rabbi Reuven Yaacobov and...

Jewish student seriously injured in attack outside synagogue in Hamburg, Germany

(JTA) — A Jewish student was seriously injured in an attack outside of a synagogue in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday, days before the one year anniversary of the Halle synagogue attack last Yom Kippur.

According to a police report, a 29-year-old man dressed in military garb hit the Jewish student, who was wearing a kippah, over the head with a folding spade shovel outside of the Hohe Weide Synagogue in Hamburg. The...

Mike Pompeo’s Yom Kippur visit to Thessaloniki posed ‘dilemma’ for Greek Jews

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Any other day of the year would have been easier for the head rabbi of Thessaloniki, Greece, to welcome Mike Pompeo for a visit.

The U.S. Secretary of State’s schedule for a whirlwind tour of southern Europe this week left only Monday open, which happened to be Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. But for Rabbi Aharon Israel, the opportunity was too...

A Google search for ‘Jewish baby strollers’ yields anti-Semitic images. An extremist campaign may be to blame.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — The Google results are shocking: Do an image search for “Jewish baby strollers” and you’ll see row upon row of portable ovens — an offensive allusion to the Holocaust.

Google says it’s looking into the search results and wants to improve them. But according to researchers, the results may not be an accident. It’s possible that they’re the result of a coordinated extremist campaign on...

A year after the Halle terror attack, Jews who were there are still looking for answers

By JOE BAUR

BERLIN (JTA) — The protective locked door had kept out the shooter.

One year ago, that was the bright spot in the aftermath of the attempted synagogue shooting on Yom Kippur in Halle, a sleepy city of 240,000 located about 100 miles southwest of Berlin. 

It was the most frightening terrorist attack targeting Jews on German soil in recent memory, and many saw it as symbolic of...

Is Saudi Arabia about to go nuclear with China’s help?

By ISRAEL KASNETT

– The recent normalization deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have fundamentally shifted the region’s alliances. Both Gulf countries maintain close ties with Saudi Arabia, and speculation abounds as to whether or not the Saudis will be the next country to formalize ties with the Jewish state.

While Israel may be on the verge of cementing a close alliance with major Sunni...

Hearing in trial of Hyper Cacher store killings set for Yom Kippur, and court won’t change the date

(JTA) — A hearing in the trial of alleged accomplices in the 2015 Hyper Cacher kosher store attack in Paris that left four people dead was set for Yom Kippur.

Lawyers for the families of victims have asked for a postponement for the Sept. 28 hearing, i24 News reported Tuesday. On the Day of Atonement, the most sacred on the Jewish calendar, Jews are prevented from traveling, working, eating and...

Germany pledges extra $26 million for Jewish security

By TOBY AXELROD

(JTA) – Germany has pledged an additional $26 million to the country’s Jewish umbrella organization this year to cover security costs as Jewish leaders fret over a rise in right-wing anti-Semitism.

The announcement comes nearly a year after a violent attack on the synagogue in Halle, on Yom Kippur, which left two passersby dead. The alleged perpetrator, who attempted to enter the synagogue with a gun but...

The Israel-UAE-Bahrain peace deals, explained

By GABE FRIEDMAN and BEN SALES

(JTA) — Israel has signed diplomatic agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two of its Arab neighbors, and the word “historic” has been used a lot. 

For Israel and the region, the so-called Abraham Accords signings truly were historic: There was a big ceremony on the White House Lawn, which conjured memories of Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shaking hands after signing...

White House ceremony celebrates new era for Israel, UAE and Bahrain — details to follow

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu has complained for years about Arab leaders telling their people one thing in Arabic and diplomats saying another to Western audiences in English.

Not on Tuesday.

Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, was on the White House lawn speaking — in Arabic — about the “innate principle” of peace and thanking the Israeli...