U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ over plans for settlement expansion

(JTA) – The U.S. State Department criticized an Israeli announcement approving the construction of hundreds of housing units in four West Bank settlements.

We’re deeply concerned by the government’s announcement to advance plans for these settlement units in the West Bank,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday, in answer to a reporter’s question during a briefing, hours after reports of the approval. “Since the Quartet report came out, we have seen a very significant acceleration of Israeli settlement activity that runs directly counter to the conclusions of the report. So far this year, Israel has promoted plans for over 2,500 units, including over 700 units retroactively approved in the West Bank.” [Read more…]

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Gallup poll shows U.S. Jews favour Clinton over Trump, 52-23 per cent

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish voters favour Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump 52 to 23 per cent in the U.S. presidential race, according to poll tracking by Gallup.

The only religious group showing stronger favorability ratings for the Democratic nominee in data collected from July 1-Aug. 28 is Muslims, who favour Clinton over Trump 64 to 9 per cent, according to the analysis posted Tuesday by Gallup. [Read more…]

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Hungarian court blocks Holocaust denial websites

(JTA) – A court in Budapest has ordered the temporary blocking of about 20 websites that carry Holocaust denial material.

The sites sell the Hungarian edition of a book by a Swedish author that denies that the Nazis committed genocide and makes excerpts available to read on-line, Budapest chief prosecutor Tibor Ibolya said Tuesday, Hungary Today reported. [Read more…]

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U.S. Holocaust museum condemns attack on Ukrainian Roma

(JTA) – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum condemned an attack on Roma villagers in southern Ukraine.

Dozens of Roma, also known as Gypsies, fled their homes in the village of Loshchynivka, after a mob of local villagers destroyed their property and set fire to at least one home on Sunday night. The mob attack came after a local man was arrested on Saturday in connection with the rape and killing of a nine-year-old girl. [Read more…]

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U.S. court dismisses $655M PLO verdict for attacks that harmed Americans in Israel

(JTA) – A U.S. court cancelled a $655.5 million verdict against the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority in a case brought by American families of victims of terrorist attacks that occurred in Israel in the early 2000s.

While acknowledging the “unquestionably horrific” nature of the attacks, which killed 33, including several Americans, and wounded over 450, the appeals court voted 3-0 to cancel a lower court’s 2015 verdict, ordering the lawsuit to be dismissed. [Read more…]

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