Jewish politician calling for end to British Labour Party anti-Semitism met with heckles and applause

Mike Katz of the Jewish Labour Movement addressing delegates at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, England, Sept. 27, 2016. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Mike Katz of the Jewish Labour Movement addressing delegates at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, England, Sept. 27, 2016. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Mike Katz of the Jewish Labour Movement addressing delegates at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, England, Sept. 27, 2016. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A Jewish Labour Party member in England was heckled and applauded in a speech condemning a recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents in his party.

At the party’s conference on Tuesday in Liverpool, the national vice-chair of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) invoked a former Jewish Labour defence minister by name in an impassioned plea against party bigotry. [Read more…]

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Ex-tourism minister among Yisrael Beiteinu officials to be indicted in huge corruption scandal

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A former Israeli tourism minister and more than a dozen other officials of the Yisrael Beiteinu party will be indicted for offences including bribery and fraud in what is being called one of the biggest ever public corruption investigations.

Party leader Avigdor Liberman, currently the defense minister, is not accused in the corruption affair. [Read more…]

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Brooklyn construction worker convicted in murder of Hasidic developer

(JTA) – A Brooklyn construction worker was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering Hasidic real estate developer Menachem Stark.

Kendel Felix, 28, faces 25 years to life in prison for the murder of Stark, whose body was found on Jan. 3, 2014, in a dumpster on suburban Long Island some 16 miles from his Brooklyn office nearly a day after he was abducted. Police said he was suffocated and his body burned. [Read more…]

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Four acquitted in Denmark synagogue attack

(JTA) – Four Danish citizens accused of assisting the gunman in two deadly attacks in Copenhagen last year, including one outside a synagogue that left a Jewish security guard dead, were acquitted.

On Tuesday, a Danish court found that the actions of the four men were “not of such a character that the actions can lead to a conviction for complicity,” according to the verdict, the French news agency AFP reported. [Read more…]

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Shimon Peres’ condition deteriorates dramatically

Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv, Nov. 30, 2015. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90)

Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv, Nov. 30, 2015. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90)

(JTA) – The condition of former Israeli president Shimon Peres has dramatically deteriorated, Israeli news outlets are reporting.

Peres, 93, who suffered a massive stroke earlier this month, remains on anesthesia and a respirator in serious but stable condition. But his renal function and breathing, as well as several other major indices, have dropped over the last day leading to fears of multiple organ failure, Israel’s Channel 10 reported Tuesday afternoon, citing officials at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer near Tel Aviv, where Peres has been hospitalized. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, following debate, tells Cabinet it does not matter who is elected U.S. president

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet following the first U.S. presidential debate that as far as Israel is concerned, it does not matter who is elected.

“They both spoke of their support for Israel and the importance of bilateral relations between our two countries,” he said Tuesday at the start of a Cabinet meeting, hours after the debate Monday night in New York between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. [Read more…]

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Pope, in meeting with Jewish leaders, calls for integration of migrants

ROME (JTA) – Pope Francis told a World Jewish Congress (WJC) delegation that migrants have enriched Europe and need to be integrated into society.

“Europe often forgets that it has been enriched by migrants,” the pope told the Jewish leaders at an audience Monday evening at the Vatican that was described as taking place in an atmosphere of “great cordiality and friendship.” [Read more…]

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Netanyahu sues to keep his dirty laundry private

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has filed an appeal to keep the details of the amount of money his official residence spent on laundry from being made public.

The laundry request is part of a larger request by the Movement for Freedom of Information for details of all state-paid expenses for the family’s private home in Caesarea and official residence in Jerusalem for 2014. [Read more…]

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Hasidic Jew found guilty in Brooklyn beating of gay black man

(JTA) – A Hasidic Jewish man was found guilty in the beating of a gay black man.

Mayer Herskovic, 23, was found guilty of second-degree gang assault, unlawful imprisonment and menacing charges on Friday by a Brooklyn State Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. Herskovic, who had opted for a bench trial, will be sentenced in November and is facing 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison. [Read more…]

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