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Pompeo says US will ‘exact consequences’ if International Criminal Court continues to investigate Israel

(JTA)  — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will “exact consequences” on the International Criminal Court if it “continues down its current course” of attempting to “assert jurisdiction over Israel.”

Israel has for years been accused of committing war crimes in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the...
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West Bank annexation by Israel would lead to ‘massive conflict’ with Jordan, its king says

(JTA) — King Abdullah of Jordan said that “if Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict” with his country.

Abdullah in an interview published Friday in the German Der Spiegel weekly magazine was responding to a question on what would happen should...
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Netanyahu names one person to serve simultaneously as Israel’s Washington and UN ambassador

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Gilad Erdan, currently Israel’s public security minister, will serve simultaneously as the nation’s ambassador to Washington and the United Nations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Monday.

The announcement comes three days ahead of the formation of a new coalition government between Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny...
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German monitor finds increase in anti-Semitic incidents following Halle synagogue attack

By JOE BAUR

BERLIN (JTA) — A new report from an anti-Semitism monitor in Germany found that reported incidents rose following the attack on a Halle synagogue last Yom Kippur.

“The public perception of the topic of anti-Semitism was strongly marked by the far-right terrorist attack on a synagogue in...
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7 congressional Republicans threaten Jordan with sanctions for not extraditing terrorist in ’01 Jerusalem pizzeria bombing

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Seven Republicans in Congress warned Jordan that the United States was now in a position to sanction that country unless it extradites one of the terrorists who plotted the 2001 bombing of a Jerusalem pizzeria.

“The potential seriousness of these sanctions provisions reflect the deep concern of...
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Kiss frontman Gene Simmons learns about his Holocaust survivor mother’s ordeal

(JTA) — Kiss frontman Gene Simmons said his mother almost never spoke about her Holocaust ordeal, including time in Nazi camps.

A German newspaper has provided him with plenty more information. Bild am Sonntag presented the Israel-born rock star with 100 pages of documents about his mother’s ordeal, including her...
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UK’s new Labour leader is ‘failing’ in vow to crack down on anti-Semitism, British Jewish groups say

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — New U.K. Labour Party leader Keir Starmer still can’t quite get over the Corbyn hump. Shortly after his election to head the party a month ago, Starmer promised to implement a zero-tolerance policy on anti-Semitism. For British Jewry, it was a refreshing new start after...
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GoDaddy.com urged to shut down website hosting ‘Miss Hitler’ pageant

(JTA) — An anti-Semitism watchdog in Australia wants GoDaddy.com to shut down the website that is promoting the global “Miss Hitler 2020” beauty pageant.

The Anti-Defamation Commission has contacted the Australia-based internet domain registrar and web-hosting company with its request, saying the competition and the content on the World Truth...
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A ‘Holocaust Disneyland’? Historians say a controversial film director wants to turn a Ukrainian museum into one.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — The latest cinematic release by the Russian film director Ilya Khrzhanovsky is so extreme that he is currently under a police investigation for alleged torture of extras, including underage orphans, in Ukraine.

He filmed the movies in his “Dau” series on a 3-acre set in...
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Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada rise to record high for 4th straight year

(JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada rose to a record high for the fourth consecutive year mainly due to online harassment.

The League for Human Rights, part of B’nai Brith Canada, recorded 2,207 anti-Semitic incidents in its 2019 Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents. That’s an 8% increase...
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