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Kosovo’s Jews cheer their Muslim-majority state’s new deal with Israel


(JTA) — For Flori Dedoni, a member of the tiny Jewish community of Kosovo, the news that his country is establishing formal diplomatic ties with Israel is cause for celebration.

Until last week, Israel was among the dozens of countries that had not recognized the Muslim-majority territory sandwiched between Albania and Serbia.

“When someone learns I’m Jewish, they usually ask sometime during the conversation why Israel doesn’t...

Jewish and pro-Israel groups welcome Israel-Bahrain normalization


– Jewish and pro-Israel groups instantly applauded Israel and Bahrain for agreeing on Friday to normalize relations between the two countries—the second of its kind between Israel and a Persian Gulf nation in the wake of the United Arab Emirates.

It’s also the fourth peace accord between Israel and a Middle Eastern country, following Egypt in 1979, Jordan in 1994 and the UAE, which agreed to...

Polish auction house selling possessions of Holocaust survivor behind ‘The Pianist’ story


(JTA) — A Polish auction house has announced the sale of 51 objects that belonged to the Holocaust survivor whose life story served as the basis for the 2002 film “The Pianist.”

Desa Unicum will start selling Władysław Szpilman’s objects, including bowties, an antique metronome and a death mask of the Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, on Sept. 22, the Warsaw-based firm said on its website. Szpilman was...

U.S., announces Bahrain set to normalize relations with Israel

(WASHINGTON)  – Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, jointly announced the normalization of relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel.

Bahrain becomes the fourth Arab nation to formally recognize Israel.

According to Trump’s announcement Bahrain “will fully normalize its diplomatic relations with Israel. They will exchange embassies and  ambassadors, begin direct flights between their countries and launch cooperation initiatives against a broad range of factors including, health, business,...

Serbia won’t move embassy to Jerusalem if Israel recognizes Kosovo, reports say

(JTA) — Serbia will not move its embassy to Jerusalem if Israel recognizes Kosovo as an independent country, according to two English-language Israeli publications.

The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post each cited unnamed sources who said that Israeli recognition of Kosovo would torpedo the Israel-Serbia relationship.

President Donald Trump announced that Serbia would move its embassy to Jerusalem in the next year, and that Israel and Kosovo will...

Danish parliament to debate bill that would ban non-medical circumcision

(JTA) — The Danish parliament is scheduled to consider a bill proposing a ban on non-medical circumcisions.

Henri Goldstein, the president of the Jewish Community in Denmark, says the measure represents “the worst threat since World War II” to the country’s Jews, who traditionally circumcise baby boys on their eighth day of life, a ritual known as brit milah.

The Danish parliament is set to vote sometime during its next...

President of Malawi says his country will open embassy in Jerusalem

(JTA) — The president of Malawi said that his country would open an embassy in Jerusalem Lazarus Chakwera made the announcement Saturday as part of a larger expansion of the country’s diplomatic representation abroad. Malawi currently does not have a diplomatic mission in Israel.

The announcement came a day after Serbia and Kosovo announced that they too would open Jerusalem embassies.

Most countries with diplomatic missions in Israel locate them...

Serbia to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem and Kosovo to normalize ties with Israel, Trump says


(JTA) — Serbia is moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem and Kosovo is normalizing ties with the Jewish state, President Donald Trump said in a statement Friday.

Trump’s announcement said that Serbia would move its embassy by next July, mirroring Trump’s decision to do so in 2018. The country will also open a commercial office in the city, which the United States recognizes as Israel’s capital but...

BBC journalist sets up Twitter account saying Israel is ‘racist’ and ‘white supremacist’

(JTA) — The BBC is investigating one of its journalists for an anonymous Twitter account on which he reportedly wrote anti-Israel posts.

The Jewish Chronicle outed Nimesh Thaker, a longtime BBC World News journalist, as the man behind the now-private Not that bothered Twitter account.

Thaker’s account tweeted that Israel is “racist” and a “white supremacist state.” After Jewish BBC host Emma Barnett spoke out about the British rapper Wiley’s...

Jared Kushner says in UAE that he’s ‘100%’ sure all Arab countries will normalize ties with Israel

(JTA) — Jared Kushner says he’s “100%” sure that all the Arab countries will follow the United Arab Emirates in formalizing ties with Israel.

The White House senior adviser, an architect of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, made the assertion on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi as delegations from Israel and the United States wrapped up a diplomatic meeting there.

“I think thanks to the UAE leadership there will...