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Attack on British soccer fans in France appears to be anti-Semitic

(JTA) — Fans of the British soccer team the Tottenham Spurs were targeted in an apparent anti-Semitic attack at a pub in Lyon, France. A mob of about 50 entered the Smoking Dog on Wednesday night making a Nazi salute before smashing doors and throwing chairs and other objects.

There were about 150 Spurs fans in the pub, which is popular with British expatriates in France, according to the British newspaper...

Washington JCRC launches legal fund to help Gross, others wrongfully imprisoned

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The first contributions to a new legal defense fund for Jews seen as being held wrongfully because of their Jewishness will go to help Alan Gross, who is imprisoned in Cuba.

Launched by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, the fund will help cover the defense of Jews in the United States and throughout the world who the council believes have been wrongfully charged or...

Aussie rabbi denies he knew of sexual abuse

SYDNEY (JTA) – The head of a suburban Sydney day school denied allegations that he was aware of child sexual abuse taking place at the institution decades ago and failed to report it to authorities.

One of two men accused of sexually abusing boys at the Yeshiva Centre in Bondi told New South Wales police that he confessed to Rabbi PInchus Feldman, the head of the school, the Sydney Morning...

Rubio calls Jerusalem ‘capital,’ praises Obama visit

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Senator Marco Rubio in meetings with Israeli leaders said Jerusalem was Israel’s capital and that he was pleased President Obama was scheduled to visit.

Rubio (R-FL), who delivered the Republican Party response to Obama’s State of the Union speech last week, met Wednesday in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.

The Associated Press quoted Rubio as telling Peres that Jerusalem is “of...

Despite ban, Sarah Silverman’s niece can attend Purim event at Kotel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The niece of American comedian Sarah Silverman will be allowed to attend a women’s Megillah reading at the Western Wall despite being banned from the site.

Hallel Abramowitz Silverman, 17, was one of 10 female worshipers arrested for wearing prayer shawls during a women’s rosh chodesh prayer service at the Western Wall earlier this month. Her mother, Rabbi Susan Abramowitz Silverman, also was arrested.

The women were...

Michael Moore intervenes to help Palestinian attend Occars

(JTA) — Director and activist Michael Moore intervened to help Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat enter the United States to attend the Academy Awards ceremony.

Burnat, co-director of the film “5 Broken Cameras,” which is nominated for best documentary, was detained early Wednesday morning by U.S. immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport along with his wife and 8-year-old son. The Oscars will be handed out Sunday in Los Angeles.


Israeli doctor, technician accused of harvesting eggs

(JTA) — Romanian police reportedly detained two Israel medical professionals suspected of illegally harvesting eggs from local women. Dr. Rapahel Ron-El, a fertility specialist and director of the in vitro fertilization unit at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in central Israel, and Daphna Komarovsky, a technician, were released to house arrest at their hotel in Bucharest on Wednesday following their arrest the previous day, according to the news website of the Romanian television...

Sharansky is elected to second term as head of Jewish Agency

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Natan Sharansky was elected to a second term as chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Sharansky won four more years in the vote Tuesday by the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, which is meeting in Jerusalem.

A day earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called on the board to reappoint Sharansky, calling him a “symbol of Jewish unity and a symbol of the...

Lautenberg announces plans to retire from Senate

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) said he will not run again for the U.S. Senate. Lautenberg, 89, previously had said he would consider running again in 2014, but on Feb. 14 he told various media that instead he would dedicate the final two years of his term to passing new gun controls and environmental protections, and to creating jobs in New Jersey.

Lautenberg first served in the Senate from...

U.S. lawmakers in Cuba push for release of Gross

(JTA) — A U.S. congressional delegation is in Cuba to press for the release of imprisoned American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross. Seven lawmakers led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) arrived in Cuba on Monday for a three-day visit, according to Reuters.

The delegation plans to meet with Gross, as well as parliament president Ricardo Alarcon, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and possibly President Raul Castro.

Leahy met with Gross one year ago during...