Netanyahu requests pardon from Putin for Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent an official request to Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon an Israeli-American woman sentenced in Russia to 7 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into the country.

The request submitted on Sunday to pardon Naama Issachar, 26, and...
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Thousands march in Berlin against anti-Semitism

(JTA) — More than 10,000 people marched in Berlin against anti-Semitism and in a show of support for the victims of anti-Semitic violence in the city of Halle.

The march on Sunday left from Bebelplatz, significant as a site of Nazi book-burning, to the New Synagogue in central Berlin. Several...
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Orthodox synagogue association honored 2 Giuliani associates months before they were arrested


NEW YORK (JTA) — On Wednesday night, federal authorities arrested Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas at a Washington-area airport and charged the Ukrainian-American businessmen with campaign finance violations related to the burgeoning Trump-Ukraine scandal.

Six months earlier they had been honored at the gala dinner of the...
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40-year-old music lover and 20-year-old soccer fan identified as victims of Halle synagogue gunman

(JTA) — Jana Lange was a dedicated fan of German pop music. Kevin S. was a construction worker and decorator who loved soccer.

They have been identified as the two victims killed in the shooting by the gunman who tried to enter the Halle synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur....
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German synagogue attacker confesses to anti-Semitic motive; admits funding through Bitcoin

(JTA) — The German man suspected of killing two people near a synagogue on Yom Kippur has confessed to the attack and said that he had anti-Semitic and far-right motives, the German federal prosecutor’s officer said..

Stephan Balliet, 27, made a “very comprehensive” confession during an hours-long interrogation, according to...
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What is Twitch, the site where the Germany synagogue shooter livestreamed his attack?


(JTA) — As Jews around the world were marking the holiest day of the year on Wednesday, news broke of an attack near a synagogue in the German city of Halle. With some 50 worshippers gathered for the Yom Kippur service, the gunman tried to enter the...
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German authorities capture shooting suspect

German authorities have reported the capture of a single suspect in connection with the shooting incident at the Halle synagogue earlier today, Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Authorities now believe he acted alone.

According to witnesses, the suspect, now identified as Stephan Balliet, a 27-year-old German...
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Sen. Lindsey Graham calls troop withdrawal from northern Syria a ‘nightmare for Israel’

(JTA) — Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria will “eventually become a nightmare for Israel.” Graham, one of the president’s staunchest supporters in the Senate, called the move “shortsighted and irresponsible” in a series of tweets.

“The most...
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Canadian synagogue targeted with swastikas and anti-Jewish symbols

(JTA) — Drawings of swastikas and other symbols were drawn in chalk on the grounds of a Canadian synagogue in Ontario.

The drawings, which were found in four spots at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Hamilton, were discovered Saturday morning when the rabbi arrived for Torah study before Shabbat services, the...
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Anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina more than doubled in 2018 over the previous year

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina soared by 107 percent in 2018 over the previous year, according to a new report.

The 20th edition of the annual Anti-Semitism Report prepared by the research body of the DAIA Jewish political umbrella group showed that nearly 90 percent of...
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