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Hundreds attend first Jewish film festival in Casablanca

Maurice Elbaz and Vanessa Paloma Elbaz in Casablanca (Courtesy of Vanessa Paloma Elbaz)

Maurice Elbaz and Vanessa Paloma Elbaz in Casablanca (Courtesy of Vanessa Paloma Elbaz)

(JTA) – Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta.

The three-day event, which ended Wednesday at the offices of Casablanca’s SOC club, featured three films about the “consequences of the emigration of the Jews from the fabric of Moroccan society,” the organizer, Vanessa Paloma, told JTA on Thursday. Each screening drew about 150 viewers, she said. [Read more…]

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Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

(JTA) – Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago.

Occurring amid an acrimonious debate in Poland on local complicity in the Holocaust and the attention it merits, the conference planned for July in Kielce, 110 miles south of Warsaw, aims to promote “the spiritual concept of forgiveness” in relation to the 1946 murder of 42 Jews, Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, told JTA on Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Ex-mayor of London suspended from Labour Party for saying Hitler was Zionist

Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone at the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Flickr Commons)

Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone at the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Flickr Commons)

(JTA) – Britain’s Labour Party suspended former London mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday for saying Adolf Hitler was a Zionist.

A Labour Party spokesperson told The Guardian that the action was “for bringing the party into disrepute.” British anti-racism activists and Labour Party politicians had demanded Livingstone’s expulsion. [Read more…]

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British Labour Party suspends MP for Facebook post calling for Israel’s relocation to U.S.

(JTA) – A British member of Parliament member who in a 2014 Facebook post called for relocating the entire State of Israel to the United States has been suspended from the Labour Party.

Naz Shah, who is Muslim, was suspended Wednesday by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a day after she resigned from her post as private secretary to the Parliament’s shadow chancellor. Pending an investigation, Shah is “unable to take part in any party activity,” a Labour Party spokesperson was quoted as saying in the Jewish News. [Read more…]

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