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80 French Jewish gravestones vandalized with swastikas on day of marches against anti-Semitism

(JTA) — About 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in France were discovered vandalized with swastikas hours before the start of marches Tuesday against the recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the cemetery in the eastern French village of Quatzenheim, near the border with Germany,...
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Another fight over Holocaust memory threatens warming ties between Israel and Poland

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA) — It was meant to be a diplomatic triumph for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: a much-touted diplomatic summit in Jerusalem on Monday with four Central European states.

Instead, harsh words from Israel’s acting foreign minister opened a diplomatic rift threatening to severely damage Israeli-Polish...
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Iran’s foreign minister tells security conference Israel is ‘looking for war’

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Iran’s foreign minister said that Israel is “looking for war” and that the behavior of Israel and the United States toward Iran is increasing the chances of such a war.

“Certainly, some people are looking for war… Israel,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an address...
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Pres. Rivlin kicks off countdown for first Israeli mission to the moon

By ARYEH SAVIR

(TPS) — President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday kicked-off the countdown for the launch of Beresheit (Genesis), the first Israeli spacecraft to be sent to the moon, which will blast off on Tuesday.

Project SpaceIL, which has developed the spacecraft, was launched as a national project at Beit...
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German shepherd receives cash reward for finding bodies of Israeli sisters missing in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A German shepherd received a cash reward offered by an Israeli family for finding two sisters who were missing in Argentina for two weeks. Ruca and her trainer Ayelen Castro received the more than $1,300 reward on Friday at the Sociedad Israelita de Beneficencia Jewish...
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Anti-Semitic incidents in UK hit record high for 3rd straight year

(JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in the United Kingdom rose to 1,652 in 2018, marking a new record for the third straight year.

The cases recorded in the annual report of the Community Security Trust, or CST, which is British Jewry’s largest watchdog on anti-Semitism, represented a...
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2 Israeli women missing in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Two Israeli women who were traveling in Argentina have been missing for more than a week.

Dr. Lily Pereg, 54, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of New England in Australia, and her sister, Pyrhia Sarusi, 63, were last seen on Jan. 12 in...
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Israel and Chad announce resumption of diplomatic ties

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and Chad announced the resumption of diplomatic relations.

The announcement came Sunday, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in the African nation on what he called a “historic and important” visit.

“This is part of the revolution that we are doing in the Arab...
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Jewish-American businessman among 21 killed in Nairobi terrorist attack

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Jason Spindler, a Jewish American whose life was changed when he survived the 9/11 attack in New York, was killed in a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya.

The shooting attack Tuesday on a business complex, claimed by the Somali Islamist terrorist group Shabab, claimed at...
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Hillel International investigation finds sexual harassment claims against some donors ‘justified’

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Hillel International has issued a confidential statement to its professional staff and board of directors about an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against some donors.

The statement said that the six-month investigation confirmed the allegations, The New York Jewish Week reported in an article posted Sunday...
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