‘Son of Saul,’ ‘Amy’ and ‘Spotlight’ win Oscars

Géza Röhrig as Saul in "Son of Saul." (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Géza Röhrig as Saul in “Son of Saul.” (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – A Hungarian Holocaust drama, a documentary about a sultry Jewish rock star who died too young, and a film about an investigation of church sex abuse led by a Jewish newspaper editor won Academy Awards.

“Son of Saul,” the Hungarian Holocaust drama from first-time feature director Laszlo Nemes, won the Oscar on Sunday night for best foreign language film. [Read more…]

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PA rejects Iranian funds for families of Palestinian terrorists

(JTA) – The Palestinian Authority (PA) rejected an announcement by Iran saying the Islamic Republic would pay thousands of dollars to families of Palestinians killed while carrying out terror attacks against Israelis.

Financial assistance to such families is the purview of the PA, Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, reportedly said Sunday, according to several news outlets, including the French news agency AFP. [Read more…]

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Haifa Rabbinate accused of rejecting couples associated with Tzohar rabbis

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A rabbinical organization in Israel called for a police investigation of the Chief Rabbinate of Haifa following a report that the rabbinate denied couples’ requests to marry due to their affiliation with the group.

Tzohar, which is comprised of religious Zionist rabbis who aim to bridge the religious-secular divide of Jews in Israel, launched its call for a probe after Israel’s Channel 2 reported that the Haifa Rabbinate denied licenses to couples who registered to marry using Tzohar rabbis to perform the ceremonies. [Read more…]

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Alleged attacker of West Bank mall security guard arrested

(JTA) – A Palestinian man suspected in an axe attack that critically wounded a mall security guard in the West Bank was arrested by Israeli security forces.

Saadi Ali Abu Hamed, 21, was arrested Saturday night in al-Azariya, a village adjacent to Maale Adumim, where the attack took place late Feb. 25. The arrest was a joint operation of the Shin Bet security service, the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Police. [Read more…]

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Oberlin College president ‘respects’ free speech of faculty member behind anti-Semitic Facebook post

(JTA) – In response to an article revealing that an Oberlin College professor made numerous postings about Jews and Israel to Facebook, the Ohio liberal arts college’s president said Oberlin “respects the right of its faculty, students, staff and alumni to express their personal views.”

Marvin Krislov’s statement came after The Tower on Feb. 25 published an article about Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at the elite Ohio institution. [Read more…]

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Young soccer fans accost Jewish-Italian sportscaster in London

(JTA) – An Italian-Jewish sportscaster said he was accosted by a group of youths after their team lost a key match in London.

In a blog post David Guetta, known as the radio voice of the Florence soccer team Fiorentina, reported that about 20 youths had accosted him on Feb. 25 as he waited for an underground train after Fiorentina lost to the English team Tottenham Hotspur, a club with many Jewish supporters. The loss ousted Fiorentina from the European League championships. [Read more…]

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McGill University students reject BDS motion in online vote

The Arts Building at McGill University in Montreal (Wikimedia Commons)
The Arts Building at McGill University in Montreal (Wikimedia Commons)

The Arts Building at McGill University in Montreal (Wikimedia Commons)

MONTREAL (JTA) – Students at Montreal’s McGill University failed to ratify a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion against Israel.

In online voting last week by undergraduates, the motion was rejected 2,819-2,119 (57 per cent to 43 per cent), with 440 abstentions. It had passed at an assembly of the university’s student society on Feb. 22 by a vote of 512-357, and was seen as a blow by pro-Israel students. [Read more…]

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