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Budapest synagogue reopens after centuries of disuse

(JTA) — A former synagogue in Hungary’s capital city that had not been used as a place of worship in centuries reopened as a Jewish house of worship in a ceremony attended by the country’s president.

President János Áder attended the rededication and opening ceremony of Buda Castle Synagogue on...
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Sacks doubles down on Corbyn as anti-Semite criticism in BBC interview saying: ‘I had to issue a warning’

(JTA) — Former British chief rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, warned in an interview that Jewish people are making plans to leave Britain over fears of an anti-Semitic backlash precipitated by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Sacks said Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that “when people hear the kind...
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What’s on and off the table when it comes to Middle East peace

By SEAN SAVAGE

  — Long eluding his predecessors, U.S. President Donald Trump has not shied away from attempting to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he has called the “deal of the century.”

Trump has broken with previous administrations by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the U.S....
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French parliament evacuated over white powder sent to Jewish lawmaker

(JTA) — Dozens of firefighters evacuated a part of the building housing the French parliament after a letter containing slurs against a Jewish lawmaker and white powder was found there.

The letter, reading “fat Zionist pig, you’re not French,” among other insults, was opened by an employee of Meyer Habib’s...
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Arab-Israeli lawmakers ask UN to condemn nation-state law

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Arab-Israeli lawmakers and the Palestinian Authority want the United Nations to condemn Israel’s nation-state law.

Several lawmakers from the Joint List, an Arab-Israeli political party, are involved in an effort to get the U.N. General Assembly to officially condemn the law, along with Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian...
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Trump administration looks set to end UNRWA funding altogether

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration appears set to cut off funding altogether to UNRWA, the United Nations agency that administers relief for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

The United States has so far this year disbursed $60 million to UNRWA. It sent $364 million to UNRWA last year, by...
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J.K. Rowling calls out writer over Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism: ‘What other minority would you speak to this way?’

(JTA) — J.K. Rowling went head to head with a fellow British writer on Twitter over his criticism of Jewish complaints about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Simon Maginn, who has written five thrillers under his own name and satirical comedies under the name Simon Nolan, on Sunday in a...
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PepsiCo will acquire Israel’s SodaStream for $3.2 billion

JERUSALEM (JTA) — PepsiCo will acquire the Israeli home soda maker manufacturer SodaStream for $3.2 billion, the soft drink giant said Monday.

PepsiCo plans to maintain the Israeli company’s current base of operations in the Negev. SodaStream will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary.

The American multinational agreed to acquire...
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Jeremy Corbyn met with terror leader weeks before deadly Jerusalem synagogue attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with the leader-in-exile of a Palestinian terror group in 2014 weeks before its members carried out an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which six people were killed.

Last week, The Times of London published a picture of Corbyn standing next...
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Jeremy Corbyn no longer scheduled to address Jewish audience in London

(JTA) — Talks between Jeremy Corbyn and the Jewish Museum in London on a speech by the leader of the British Labour Party have broken down.

The party, beset by allegations of anti-Semitism, approached the Jewish Museum with a plan to host a speech on the issue, the London-based Jewish...
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