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Israeli couple detained in Turkey for 8 days return home

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — An Israeli couple who were detained by Turkish police for eight days because they were suspected of being spies have been freed.

Natali and Mordy Oknin were arrested last week on suspicion of espionage after taking a photo of the presidential palace in Istanbul and sending it to family in Israel. Their family feared the couple could be held for the long term after a...

A quarter of European Jewish community leaders say they’ve considered emigrating amid concerns about growing antisemitism

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — A survey of Jewish community leaders in Europe found that 23% said they were considering emigrating.

That figure is unchanged since the last time the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee conducted its regular survey of European Jewish sentiment three years ago.

But the JDC survey found that European Jewish leaders, especially in Western Europe, are increasingly concerned about antisemitism, which for the first time since...

Danny Fenster, Jewish American journalist sentenced to 11 years in Myanmar prison, is released

(JTA) — Danny Fenster, a Jewish American journalist who has been imprisoned in Myanmar since May and was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday has been released.

Former New Mexico governor and former diplomat Bill Richardson, who was in the country on a humanitarian visit, told reporters Monday that Fenster would travel back to the United States “through Qatar, over the next day and a half,” according to CNN.

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Ohio candidate for Senate defends ad calling out opponent Josh Mandel’s Jewishness

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — A candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio defended an ad by his campaign that calls out his opponent Josh Mandel’s Jewishness at a candidate forum Thursday night.

Mark Pukita, an entrepreneur who is one of several candidates vying for the Republican nomination in a crowded primary, released a radio ad in October that called out his opponent Josh Mandel’s Jewishness. The ad highlights Mandel’s...

South African government urges its own representative to boycott Miss Universe pageant in Israel

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — South Africa’s government is urging its national pageant winner to boycott this year’s Miss Universe contest due to its location in Israel. The contest will be held in Eilat on Dec. 12.

Government officials said they would not support the decision by Lalela Mswane, the winner of the country’s beauty contest, and the organizers of the national pageant to participate in the contest in Israel.

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UAE Crown Prince visits Israel Aerospace Industries booth at Dubai Airshow

(Dubai, UAE) – Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, visited the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) booth at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday, Nov. 14.

IAI is exhibiting at the prestigious Dubai Airshow throughout the week. The company is showcasing its state-of-the-art aviation systems, which include products aimed at civil aviation, special-mission aircraft and space systems.

The opportunity...

Israel to buy tens of thousands of doses of Pfizer’s anti-COVID pill

(JTA) — Israel’s government reached an agreement to buy tens of thousands of doses of Pfizer’s experimental new antiviral pill to fight COVID-19.

The pharmaceutical company says the pill slashes the risk of hospitalization or death from the virus by 89%. The news was first reported on Saturday by Israel’s Channel 12 news station, according to The Times of Israel.

President Biden has said the U.S. has also secured millions...

John Cleese cancels Cambridge University appearance over debate sparked by a Hitler impersonation

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — An impression of Adolf Hitler at Cambridge University has touched off a fight over the limits of free speech and has drawn Monty Python comedian John Cleese into the fray. 

The impersonation was delivered at a debate last week on whether there’s such a thing as “good taste.” Andrew Graham-Dixon, an art historian, impersonated Hitler as an example of bad taste, in order to argue...

‘Death to Jews,’ Polish nationalists shout at rally while burning book about Jews in Poland

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — At a nationalist gathering in Poland, locals shouted “death to Jews” as they burned a book representing past centuries of Poland’s protection of Jews.

The book burning Thursday in Kalisz, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants situated 120 miles southwest of Warsaw, was part of a series of nationalist events on Nov. 11, National Independence Day, which is the anniversary of when Poland regained its...

Gonzaga University, a Catholic college near historically neo-Nazi territory, gets its first Torah scroll and Jewish space

By RACHEL ROMÁN

SEATTLE (JTA) — Eastern Washington is a region that, for the last half a century, was far better known for its hate groups than its Jewish community.

Spokane and the surrounding area was infamously a hotbed of racism from the 1970s through the 1990s, a period that included multiple acts of vandalism and neo-Nazi intimidation at the local Conservative synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom. On the outskirts of...