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Preliminary results revealed for US voting in World Zionist Congress election

WASHINGTON – The seven-week U.S. election for the World Zionist Congress garnered a record-breaking number of  more than 123,000 votes. That is more than double the turnout in 2015 – the last such election – and the highest number of votes since elections were first held for the entire American...
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Former leader of Milan Jewish community dies of coronavirus

(JTA) — Michele Sciama, a former secretary-general of the Jewish Community of Milan — the city’s local Jewish communal life organization — has died of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Sciama, known to his friends and family as Micky, was 79 when he died Monday morning. He is survived by his wife,...
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We’re tracking the impact of the coronavirus on the Jewish world. Here’s what we know.

NEW YORK (JTA) — Like the rest of the world, the Jewish world is reeling as the novel coronavirus spreads. We’ll be tracking the latest developments here.

Have an idea or question? Reports of coronavirus in your community? Send us an email.

A cluster of cases involves New York Jews....
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Spanish town says it was told crematoria carnival float was Holocaust commemoration

By CNAAN LIPSHIZ

(JTA) — Answering criticism of a float that depicted Holocaust victims dancing with Nazis alongside crematoria, the Spanish town that hosted the parade said the display was allowed only because its creators had described it as a form of commemoration.

The municipality of Campo de Criptana offered...
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Carnival float in Spain features Nazi uniforms and trains with crematoria

(JTA) — At a carnival procession in Spain, participants dressed like Nazis and Jewish concentration camp prisoners while dancing next to a float evoking crematoria.

The Israeli Embassy in Madrid on Tuesday protested the display this weekend at the annual carnival procession in Campo de Criptana, a town situated about...
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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who kept the peace with Israel for 30 years, dies

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hosni Mubarak, who as president of Egypt for 30 years kept his nation’s “cold peace” with Israel, died on Tuesday.

Mubarak was ousted and jailed in 2011 following massive street protests.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement of condolence on behalf of the citizens and...
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1 in 5 Europeans says secret Jewish cabal runs the world, survey finds

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

PARIS (JTA) – A secret network of Jews influences global political and economic affairs. That’s the feeling among a fifth of the 16,000 respondents to a survey among Europeans from 16 countries. The same number also agreed with the statement that “Jews exploit Holocaust victimhood for their...
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Brazilian Carnival parade featured costumes with swastikas. A local Jewish leader was fine with it.

By MARCUS M. GILBAN

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A leading Brazilian Jewish official gave a thumbs up to a local Carnival performance that featured swastikas and mirrored a spectacle that raised eyebrows in the 1990s.

Some 100 dancers of the Vai-Vai samba school wore costumes featuring swastikas on their...
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In World Zionist elections, American Jews who care about Israel get their say

By BEN HARRIS

It’s election season, and American Jews are turning out in large numbers to vote with Israel on their minds.

No, we’re not talking about the U.S. presidential election or Israel’s upcoming Knesset elections, but elections for the World Zionist Congress – the only genuinely democratic body in...
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German shooter who killed 10 said he wanted to exterminate people from Asia, Africa and Israel

By TOBY AXELROD

BERLIN (JTA) – The shooter who murdered 10 people in the Gernam city of Hanau was a far-right-wing extremist who reportedly said he wanted to exterminate people from Asia, North Africa and Israel.

Germany’s main Jewish organization expressed shock over the Wednesday night attack, which  the country’s...
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