Tibor Rubin, Holocaust survivor and Korean War hero, dies at 86



Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Tibor Rubin, who survived two years in the Mauthausen concentration camp and then two-and-a-half years in a Chinese prisoner of war camp during the Korean war, died at age 86.

Rubin died Saturday in Garden Grove, California, of natural causes.

Born in Paszto, a Hungarian shtetl of 120 Jewish families, Rubin was 15 when he was liberated by U.S. troops, and vowed to repay his debt by enlisting in the American army after arriving in New York in 1948. [Read more…]


Jewish organizations blast Trump for call to block entry of Muslims into U.S.

Plan to single out religious group “deeply offensive”

WASHINGTON (JTA)  —  Jewish groups blasted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his proposal to block all Muslims from entering the United States.

“A plan that singles out Muslims and denies them entry to the U.S. based on their religion is deeply offensive and runs contrary to our nation’s deepest values,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement Monday evening, hours after Trump, a real estate billionaire and reality TV star, issued his call. [Read more…]


Time readers choose Bernie Sanders as Person of the Year

Bernie Sanders Hosts LA Fundraising Reception

Bernie Sanders Hosts LA Fundraising Reception(JTA) — Readers of Time magazine chose Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as Person of the Year, according to a poll by the magazine.

Sanders is a Vermont senator, who is Jewish and self-identifies as a Democratic socialist. He is challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Sanders’ polling numbers have exceeded expectations, but he still trails Clinton by a wide margin. [Read more…]


Palestinian lawmaker sentenced to 15 months in Israeli prison for incitement

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A member of the Palestinian parliament will spend 15 months in an Israeli prison for incitement to violence.

Khalida Jarrar was convicted in Israeli military court of incitement to violence and belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an illegal organization banned by Israel. The plea agreement reached Monday also carries a 10-month suspended sentence and a fine of approximately $2,600, according to Haaretz. [Read more…]


British-American Jewish academic under investigation for Jewish Nazi comment

Campaign Against Anti-Semitism files police report over Levine’s statements

(JTA) – The British-American Jewish academic who told a 13-year-old Israeli girl that she would not answer her questions for a school project until there is peace in Palestine is under police investigation.

The Cambridgeshire Constabulary confirmed on Friday to the London-based Jewish Chronicle that it was investigating a complaint about a comment by archaeozoologist Marsha Levine, a former academic at the University of Cambridge, who told the Jewish Chronicle in response to an interview about the girl’s request that “the Jews have become the Nazis.” [Read more…]


In Oval Office speech, Obama pledges to destroy Islamic State

San Bernardino attacks an ‘act of terrorism’


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Calling last week’s mass killing in San Bernardino an “act of terrorism,” U.S. President Barack Obama pledged in a nationally televised Oval Office address to destroy the so-called Islamic State.

“It is clear the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization,” Obama said Sunday, referring to the couple who carried out the attack at a social services center in the Southern California city. “This was an act of terrorism.” [Read more…]


Women light Chanukah candles at Western Wall

Women of the Wall lighting Hanukkah menorahs at the Western Wall on the first night of the holiday, Dec. 6, 2015.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — About 100 women gathered at the Kotel to light Chanukah candles.

Security guards permitted 20 women to enter with their menorahs, but then attempted to ban and confiscate a large communal one being brought in by the Women of the Wall organization.

Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova of the Zionist Union party used her parliamentary immunity to bring the communal menorah in to the site on Sunday night, the first night of Chanukah, the Women of the Wall said in a statement. [Read more…]


In Paris, public Chanukah ceremonies held despite security concerns



Jewish community refuses to let
terror attack stop freedom
of religious expression

(JTA) – About 6,000 people gathered in Paris under heavy security for the public lighting of a Chanukah menorah at the base of the Eiffel Tower, despite security concerns in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks.

French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia lit the first candle of a 30-foot menorah on Sunday night, the first night of Chanukah, in the Eiffel tower ceremony attended by French Jewish leaders and government representative and sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch. [Read more…]