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British Labour Party readmits member accused of Holocaust revisionism, bars another

(JTA) – The British Labour Party punished an activist for making an anti-Semitic remark about Adolf Hitler after reinstating a member accused of Holocaust revisionism.

Labour activist Nasreen Khan was passed over this week from representing Labour at a municipal election over her 2012 Facebook post about Jews in which she said teachers are “brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler,” according to the Jewish News. Khan said she regretted the text, which also read, “What have the Jews done good in this world?” [Read more…]

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French courts throw the book at promoters of anti-Semitic hate speech

(JTA) – Amid vocal protests by leaders of French Jewry on the judiciary’s handling of anti-Semitic crimes, French courts made a series of tough rulings on inciters to hatred of Jews.

In three separate rulings last week, French judges rejected the appeal of the far-right Holocaust denier Alain Soral against his prison sentence, affirmed the eviction of his associate and career anti-Semite Dieudonné M’bala M’bala from his Paris headquarters and slapped a $1,700 fine on a teacher who inveighed against Israel and the Jews. [Read more…]

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Israel’s army chief gave an interview to a Saudi news outlet. That’s never happened before.

Gadi Eisenkot, the Israeli army’s chief of staff, speaking at a ceremony for the incoming Technology and Logistics Directorate head, July 13, 2016. (Sraya Diamant/IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

Gadi Eisenkot, the Israeli army’s chief of staff, speaking at a ceremony for the incoming Technology and Logistics Directorate head, July 13, 2016. (Sraya Diamant/IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

(JTA) – The Israeli army’s chief of staff gave the first interview by someone in his post to a Saudi news outlet.

Gadi Eisenkot told the Elaph news website Thursday that Israel is ready to share intelligence with Saudi Arabia as part of a joint effort to curb Iranian influence in the region. The interview was his first with an Arabic media outlet. [Read more…]

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform leaders pushed and shoved by Western Wall security

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90)

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform Jewish leaders were pushed, pulled and had clothes torn by security guards as they tried to pray at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem.

The guards and haredi Orthodox worshippers tussled with the group Thursday as it entered the main entrance to the Western Wall plaza with Torah scrolls. The guards said it was illegal to bring the scrolls into the main plaza. Reform leaders accused the haredi administration of the holy site, which employs the guards, of denying their right to freedom of prayer. [Read more…]

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Germany charges ex-Nazi guards as accomplices to murder

(JTA) – State prosecutors in the German city of Dortmund have filed charges against two former SS guards at the Stutthof concentration camp as accomplices to murder.

The defendants, who are in their early 90s, were charged last week with involvement in the murders of hundreds of inmates at the camp near Gdansk, Poland, where more than 60,000 died at the hands of the Nazis, according to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and archive. The charges were made public Wednesday, after the men were notified. [Read more…]

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Sen. Al Franken asks for ethics inquiry into allegation he groped woman while she was sleeping

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. Sen. Al Franken has called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate allegations by a news anchor that he forced a kiss on her and touched her breasts without consent when both took part in a 2006 tour to entertain U.S. troops.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor and former model, wrote Thursday in an article that Franken, a Democrat who has served as a senator for Minnesota since 2009, groped her during the tour in the Middle East. Franken was a comedian and a writer at the time; he was first elected to the Senate in 2008. [Read more…]

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Buried testimony from the Warsaw Ghetto goes on display for the first time in Poland

Jews are seen lining up in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. (Courtesy of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives)

Jews are seen lining up in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. (Courtesy of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives)

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Eyewitness accounts of Nazi atrocities found buried in the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto have gone on display in Poland for the first time.

The exhibition, “What We Could Not Shout Out To The World,” includes more than 35,000 documents compiled and hidden by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and other Jews who lived in the ghetto. [Read more…]

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