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Romanian police nab suspect in anti-Semitic vandalism of Elie Wiesel’s home

Elie Wiesel arriving for a roundtable discussion on the Iran nuclear deal on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2015. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Elie Wiesel arriving for a roundtable discussion on the Iran nuclear deal on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2015. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Romanian police arrested a 37-year-old man whom they suspect wrote anti-Semitic slogans on the childhood home of Elie Wiesel.

The man, whose name police did not release to the public, is believed to have written in florescent pink graffiti on the Memorial House Elie Wiesel in Sighet in eastern Romania the words “public toilet” and “Nazi Jew lying in hell with Hitler” as well as “Anti-Semite pedophile.” [Read more…]

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Israel’s attorney general gives Chief Rabbinate ultimatum over payments from restaurants to supervisors

The building of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel is located in Jerualem. (Flash90)

The building of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel is located in Jerualem. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The attorney general of Israel said it would end the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on kosher certification if the government agency does not comply immediately with a 2017 Supreme Court ruling requiring it to end the long-time practice in which restaurants and others directly pay the salaries of government inspectors.

Avichai Mandelblit said that unless the Chief Rabbinate meets the September deadline imposed by the court requiring the establishment of an alternative system, he could not continue to enforce the law that prohibits independent kosher supervisory agencies from operating in Israel, according to The Times of Israel.

The court had ruled that the current system creates unacceptable conflicts of interest. [Read more…]

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Israeli commits to Gaza reconstruction in Hamas ceasefire deal

A picture taken on July 14, 2018 shows smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City in retaliation for Hamas rockets sent into southern Israel. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Smoke plumes rising following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City in retaliation for Hamas rockets sent into southern Israel, July 14, 2018. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel has committed to the reconstruction of Gaza and to discussing the possibility of airports and seaports in the Hamas-controlled coastal territory, Haaretz reported on Thursday.

Details have begun to emerge regarding these and other terms of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. It’s implementation began Wednesday, closing out months of escalating tensions between the two sides. [Read more…]

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Corbyn met with terror leader weeks before Jerusalem attack

Jeremy Corbyn (right) standing next to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine chief Maher al Taher at a commemoration ceremony for the Black September terrorists who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics. (Twitter)

Jeremy Corbyn (right) standing next to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine chief Maher al Taher at a commemoration ceremony for the Black September terrorists who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Jeremy Corbyn, who was not yet British Labour Party leader, met with the leader-in-exile of a Palestinian terror group only weeks before its members carried out an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which six people were killed.

The Times of London published a picture of Corbyn standing next to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) chief Maher al Taher at a commemoration ceremony for the Black September terrorists who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics. [Read more…]

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Malaysian prime minister defends his right to be anti-Semitic

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia speaks at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, May 10, 2018. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia speaks at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, May 10, 2018. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Anti-Semitism is an artificial construct created to silence critics of the Jews, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said.

“There is one race that cannot be criticized. If you are anti-Semitic, it seems almost as if you are a criminal,” Mohamad said in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, denying that he disliked Jews, as such. “Anti-Semitic is a term that is invented to prevent people from criticizing the Jews for doing wrong things.” [Read more…]

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Israeli attorney general to investigate security services’ interrogations of liberal activists

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

Peter Beinart attending the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, June 21 2012. (Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Attorney General’s Office in Israel is investigating a spate of incidents in which prominent left-wing activists have been detained and questioned about their politics and ideologies when trying to enter the country.

According to a report in Haaretz, Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber has asked the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence service, to clarify the reasoning behind its actions, which have been a source of controversy both domestically and abroad. Her investigation follows a complaint by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Zilber plans on chairing a meeting on the issue in September. [Read more…]

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Ronald Lauder, in second public rebuke, asks if Israel ‘is losing its way’

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder speaking at the Neue Galerie in New York, June 19, 2015. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder speaking at the Neue Galerie in New York, June 19, 2015. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

(JTA) – The president of the World Jewish Congress issued another rare rebuke to Israel on Tuesday, panning the recently passed nation-state law, calling out the country’s Orthodox monopoly and accusing the Netanyahu administration of damaging “the sense of equality and belonging of Israel’s Druze, Christian and Muslim citizens.”

Writing in The New York Times, Ronald Lauder, a usually vociferous defender of Israel, listed a number of recent incidents – including the arrest of a Conservative rabbi for conducting weddings and the exclusion of same-sex couples from a newly passed surrogacy law – that he believes “are creating the impression that the democratic and egalitarian dimensions of the Jewish democratic state are being tested.” [Read more…]

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Jerusalem hostel ridiculed for blacklist of Jews it says committed ‘crimes against the Jewish people’

A list of names of “Sonei Yisrael,” or haters of Israel, banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House hostel. (Jacob Kornbluh)

Part of a list of names of supposed “Sonei Yisrael,” or “haters of Israel,” banned from the Jerusalem Heritage House hostel. (Jacob Kornbluh)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City has published a list of “haters of Israel” who have been “banned…because of crimes committed against the Jewish people,” drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted.

The Jerusalem Heritage House describes itself as an institution that provides “warm and comfortable accommodations for Jewish travellers in the heart of the Old City for a nominal fee.” It boasts of having hosted more than 60,000 guests since 1985. [Read more…]

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