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Six weeks ago, Facebook announced a ban on Holocaust denial. It’s still easy to find.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — As of Wednesday afternoon, one of the first results in a Facebook search for “Holohoax” — a term popular with Holocaust deniers — was a post decrying “Zionist White Jewish Supremacist Child murdering Apartheid State, Talmudic Satanic Holohoax promoters.”

Right below it was a video, posted by a group with more than 6,000 followers, captioned “Research: Holohoax and Jew world order.”

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Jonathan Pollard is freed of restrictions, may travel to Israel

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Almost 35 years to the day after his arrest outside the Israeli embassy in Washington DC, Jonathan Pollard was granted the freedom to do what he wanted that day — travel to Israel.

Pollard’s lawyers announced Friday that the U.S. Parole Commission had lifted remaining restrictions on him, five years after he was paroled from federal prison, and 35 years since his Nov. 21,...

Top Pentagon adviser has said ‘Israeli lobby’ funds government officials who want war

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Douglas Macgregor, a top adviser to President Donald Trump’s new acting defense secretary, routinely blames “the Israeli lobby” and “neocons” for pushing the United States into wars.

Trump last week in the wake of his loss in the presidential election to Joe Biden purged senior staff at the departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security and named loyalists to the jobs. Among the new...

Report: Israeli agents assassinated al-Qaeda’s no. 2 in Iran

– Israeli operatives shot al-Qaeda’s second in command on the streets of Tehran on behalf of the United States, intelligence officials told The New York Times in a report published on Friday.

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was one of the planners of the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was shot in his car, together...

Rockets fired from Gaza, IDF attacks targets in response

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a swift Israel Defense Forces (IDF) response to two rocket attacks overnight from Gaza.

While sparse on details, the prime minister indicated that the IDF struck back at targets it labeled as Hamas “infrastructures & military posts.”

Speaking at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu issued a stern warning to the terrorists responsible for launching the rockets.

“I warn the terrorist organizations...

Netanyahu says he will not treat Democrat Biden any differently from how he treated Trump

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Tuesday that for him “there is no difference if it’s a Republican or Democratic administration.”

“What I see before my eyes is not Democrats and not Republicans. It is just the state of Israel,” Netanyahu said in a speech to Israel’s Knesset, the Associated Press reported. “I am committed to stand behind the interests that are crucial to our future and...

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli officials and AIPAC congratulate Biden and Harris

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials have congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election victory, despite President Donald Trump protesting the result.

Netanyahu alluded to his long acquaintance with Biden in his tweet, which was sent Sunday morning Israel time. Biden was projected Saturday to be president-elect after the voting result showed him winning Pennsylvania’s vote, and thus the Electoral College and the...

Israeli Hasidic rabbi denounces ‘those Jews who snitch’ on Jews who flout pandemic guidelines

(JTA) — The leader of a major Hasidic sect in Israel denounced those who inform on other Jews for violating school closure orders and other restrictions intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The comments by Rabbi Yisroel Hager, head of the Vizhnitz Hasidic sect, are reminiscent of others accusing whistleblowers in Hasidic communities in recent months of being a “moser,” one who informs on his or her fellow...

In an Arab first, Bahraini institution joins with State Dept. to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Bahraini institute has signed an agreement with the US State Department to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and delegitimization of Israel.

The memorandum of understanding, signed Thursday in Washington, D.C., marks the first time an Arab country has embraced a key Trump administration agenda item, to get countries to include anti-Zionism and some forms of harsh criticism of Israel in their definitions of anti-Semitism. It...

JDC names Ariel Zwang as its first woman CEO

For the first time in its more than a century of service to the worldwide Jewish community, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced the selection of a woman, Ariel Zwang, as its CEO.

Zwang, a highly visible Jewish figure in New York, will be leaving her present post as CEO of Safe Horizon, the former Victim Services Agency, a social services agency that sheltered and protected victims of...