Teen arrested for allegedly smashing Holocaust memorial in Poland

The Rajgord monument (Courtesy of FODZ)
The Rajgord monument (Courtesy of FODZ)

The Rajgord monument (Courtesy of FODZ)

(JTA) – A teenager in Poland was arrested for allegedly smashing a Holocaust monument and scrawling anti-Semitic slogans and a neo-Nazi symbol on it.

The 16-year-old had escaped from a state juvenile care center, the PAP news agency reported Tuesday quoting a police spokeswoman. The teenager did not say why he smashed the Star of David on the monument in Rajgrod in the northeast of the country, the spokeswoman said. [Read more…]

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Israeli court awards employee $31,000 for abuse by Sara Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara attending an Israeli Independence Day celebration at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, May 12, 2016. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara attending an Israeli Independence Day celebration at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, May 12, 2016. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara attending an Israeli Independence Day celebration at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, May 12, 2016. (Haim Zach/GPO)

(JTA) – A former employee of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence was awarded $31,000 by a Jerusalem labour court for mistreatment at the hands of the prime minister’s wife.

It was the second time this year the Jerusalem District Labor Court had ruled against Sara Netanyahu in an employment abuse case. [Read more…]

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Ukrainian authorities honour nationalists whose troops butchered Jews

(JTA) – Amid a divisive debate in Ukraine on state honours for nationalists viewed as responsible for anti-Semitic pogroms, the country observed the first minute of silence in memory of Symon Petliura, a 1920s statesman blamed for the murder of 50,000 Jewish compatriots.

The minute was observed on May 25, the 90th anniversary of Petliura’s assassination in Paris. National television channels interrupted their programs and broadcast the image of a burning candle for 60 seconds, Ukraine’s Federal News Agency reported. [Read more…]

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Member of European Parliament from Northern Ireland calls Israelis ‘a rash’

(JTA) – The European Jewish Congress (EJC) is demanding that action be taken against a member of the European Parliament from Northern Ireland, who compared Israelis to a skin disease.

“We can give you a list of all the things we attempted to do, the Israelis are all over this place like a rash,” MEP Martina Anderson from Northern Ireland said last week during a meeting at the parliament in Brussels on May 25. [Read more…]

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No school for Dutch Muslim group whose ex-boss praised ISIS and wished a tsunami on Israel

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Citing potential radicalization, the Dutch government prevented the opening of a Muslim school by a group whose former leader praised Islamic State terrorists and wished for Allah to drown Israel in a tsunami.

Education Ministry Undersecretary Sander Dekker on Monday said that the government is withholding funding and permits for SIO – a Dutch-language acronym for “association of Islamic studies” – because its board is working against giving pupils real knowledge. It was the first time that the government cited Islamist radicalization in withholding its permission for the opening of a Muslim school, the Het Parool daily reported. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, Liberman partially endorse Arab peace initiative

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his acceptance of some elements of the so-called Arab Peace initiative as a basis for talks on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said Monday evening at the Knesset in Jerusalem. “We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002, but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples.” [Read more…]

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British Labour Party readmits activist suspended for blaming slave trade on Jews

(JTA) – An activist who was suspended from the British Labour Party for claiming that Jews were “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade” has been readmitted to its ranks.

Jackie Walker, vice-chair of Momentum, a hard-left group loyal to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was suspended earlier this month after her comments were brought to the party’s attention by The Jewish Chronicle. She was allowed back into the party this week following an investigation, the Jewish paper reported Saturday. A Labour spokesperson said her readmittance was decided on following an investigation. [Read more…]

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Israeli soldier, 19, wounded in Tel Aviv attack seen as terrorism

(JTA) – An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Monday in a Tel Aviv stabbing – reportedly with a screwdriver – in what police are investigating as a terrorist attack.

The alleged assailant, a Palestinian teenager, was arrested near the scene of the attack in the centre of the city, the Times of Israel reported. The teen, identified as a 17-year-old from the West Bank, had fled and tried to hide in a residential building. The incident is being seen as having a nationalistic motive and thus is being investigated as terrorism. [Read more…]

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