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Dozens of rabbis in Israel call for day of mourning over killings of George Floyd and autistic Palestinian man

(JTA) — Dozens of rabbis from Israel and beyond have called for a day of mourning and fasting over the killings of George Floyd, an African-American man, and Iyad el-Hallak, an autistic Palestinian man, by law enforcement.

“We declare that this Friday we will observe a Taanit. A day of...
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98 Israeli rabbis fly to Argentina to certify thousands of tons of kosher meat and save a growing market

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A special flight from Tel Aviv to Buenos Aires brought 98 rabbis to certify thousands of tons of meat as kosher and help preserve the South American country’s Israeli kosher meat market amid the coronavirus crisis.

Under typical circumstances, as many as 15 Israeli rabbis...
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Auschwitz museum issues plea for donations to make up for revenue lost during coronavirus crisis

By TOBY AXELROD

(JTA) — The memorial and museum at the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland has lost so much income due to the coronavirus pandemic that it is now asking for public donations.

In a plea issued Wednesday, the museum administration called on “everyone for whom the preservation...
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Rabbis can be military chaplains in Germany for the first time since the 1930s

BERLIN (JTA) — Rabbis can be military chaplains again in the German military for the first time since they were kicked out by the Nazis in the 1930s, nearly a century ago.

The German Bundestag, or parliament, unanimously approved the move in a vote on Thursday. “The first clergymen are...
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Fatah officials fear Israel is working to replace Abbas

By BARUCH YEDID 

(TPS) – Fatah officials fear that Israel is working to establish an alternative Palestinian leadership that would replace Mahmoud Abbas in response to his decision to cut all channels of coordination with Israel and abolish the Palestinian commitment to the agreements it signed with Israel and the U.S.

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Jewish schools have reopened in the Netherlands, but some worry that their security is compromised

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch government’s decision to reopen the country’s schools came none too soon for Channa Feige, a mother of nine who teaches Torah at a Jewish elementary school here.

“It was very cozy and full of togetherness, but it was also tough,” Feige, 44,...
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Germany reports highest number of anti-semitic crimes since 2001

BERLIN (JTA) – Germany has recorded the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes nationwide since 2001. And a new wave linked to coronavirus conspiracy theories is expected, Jewish leaders say.

Police registered 2,032 anti-Semitic crimes, including two killings, in 2019, according to newly released figures published in the German news media....
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80% of Dutch cities involved in theft of Jewish property have no record of it

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Most Dutch municipalities were involved in the theft of Jewish-owned real estate during World War II — and most appear to have no record of it.

Among the 223 municipalities involved, 80% have no data about it, according to a new report that’s generating a strong public...
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2 Jewish news websites launch in Canada with demise of national Jewish newspaper

(JTA) — The coronavirus crisis closed a door on Jewish journalism in Canada but opened a window.

When the Canadian Jewish News stopped publishing last month after 60 years, observers worried that the country’s Jewish population of some 400,000 would be underserved without a news outlet geared toward the community.

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Abbas ends Palestinians’ agreements with Israel, including security cooperation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements with Israel, including security cooperation, effectively turning over to Israel’s government the running of the entire West Bank.

“The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements...
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