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UK professor who called Jewish students ‘pawns’ of Israel fired over comments

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — A professor at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom was fired Friday over his past comments about Jews and Israel.

In remarks during a lecture in February, David Miller, a professor of political sociology, called Israel “a violent, racist, foreign regime engaged in ethnic cleansing” and referred to Jewish students who protested against his previous comments about Israel as Israel’s “pawns.”

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Alleged Nazi-era war criminal, 96, caught in Germany after skipping trial

(JTA) — Police in Germany arrested a 96-year-old suspected war criminal after she failed to show up for the first day of her trial.

The woman, Irmgard Furchner, was indicted in February for complicity in the murders of 10,000 people at Stutthof, a camp in occupied Poland where she served as a secretary during World War II. Although she is 96, she is being tried by a special youth court...

UK Labour Party announces new review process for antisemitism complaints, and end of ‘a dark chapter’ for Jews

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Labour members attending the British party’s annual conference passed a rule on how they will handle antisemitism complaints, leading the party’s leader to declare that they had “closed the door this evening to antisemitism in the Labour Party.”

“We’ve turned our back on the dark chapter. Having closed that door, that door will never be opened again in our Labour Party to antisemitism,” Labour leader...

The last Jew of Afghanistan has reportedly divorced his wife and wants to go to New York

(JTA) — Zebulon Simantov, who was the last Jew living in Afghanistan, granted his wife a Jewish ritual divorce after refusing to do so for decades, according to reports.

He left Afghanistan earlier this month, following the Taliban’s takeover of the country, after at first rebuffing efforts to get him out. He now wants to start a new life in the New York City borough of Queens, where he has...

Iraq issues arrest warrant against activists who called for normalization of ties with Israel

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Hundreds of Iraqi civic leaders and activists attended a conference calling for the country to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel.

But Iraq’s government rejected the call and is now seeking to arrest the leaders of the conference and may also try to arrest other attendees for the crime, under Iraqi law, of aiding and abetting ideas that support Zionism, according to Haaretz. Earlier, governmental...

Ukraine passes law banning anti-Semitism

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law stating that “antisemitism and its manifestations are banned” in that country.

The law, which passed on Wednesday thanks to a majority of 283 lawmakers out of 450, is unusual in that it also proscribes antisemitic sentiment as illegal. Most countries with laws against anti-Semitism, such as Germany, France and the Netherlands, criminalize various expressions of anti-Semitic hatred but not...

Jewish aide to Ukraine’s president survives assassination attempt

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — A Jewish aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky survived an assassination attempt near Kyiv on Wednesday.

Several shots were fired at the car of Sergey Nachmanovich Shefir, a former television producer whom Zelensky appointed as his top aide. Shefir was not injured but his driver was hit by three bullets in his leg and is being treated in a hospital for non-critical injuries.

Shefir and...

More than 30 countries stay away from UN anniversary marking Durban conference

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — More than 30 countries sat out the United Nations commemoration of the 2001 Durban conference, notorious among Jewish groups for devolving into antisemitism and virulent anti-Israel activism.

“Thank you for your withdrawal from the 20th anniversary event of the UN’s Durban Conference,” Israel’s foreign ministry tweeted on Wednesday as country delegations, already in New York to attend the annual General Assembly, gathered to commemorate the...

Iranian president condemns US sanctions, ‘Zionist occupier’ in UN address

( – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, addressing the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly by video on Tuesday, called for an end to ongoing American sanctions, describing them as the United States’ “new way of war with the nations of the world.”

“Sanctions, especially sanctions on medicine at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, are crimes against humanity,” said Raisi, asserting that Iran is the “medical hub of...

French court acquits imam of incitement charges for quoting text commanding Muslims to kill Jews

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — A senior imam in France who in a sermon recited a religious text commanding Muslims to kill Jews has been acquitted of incitement to antisemitic hate charges.

Mohamed Tatai, the rector of the Great Mosque of Toulouse, had no desire to incite hatred in his sermon from 2017, the Correctional Tribunal of Toulouse ruled Tuesday. The sermon came days after news broke that the United...