Rabbis seek pope’s cooperation in fighting Islamic extremism

ROME (JTA) – Meeting at the Vatican, an international delegation of rabbis sought the pope’s cooperation in combating Islamic extremism.

At the audience Thursday with Pope Francis, the rabbis presented a document calling for the two faiths to work together on Islamic extremism and other issues. The document was drafted last year by the Conference of European Rabbis along with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Rabbinical Council of America in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican’s Nostra Aetate declaration of 1965, which opened formal dialogue between the Vatican and the Jewish world. [Read more…]

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Israeli plan would deport illegal immigrants without consent, defying Supreme Court

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has proposed an amendment that would allow illegal immigrants to be deported without their consent, contradicting the Supreme Court.

The proposal, which reportedly is backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, comes days after the court ruled Monday that the government cannot hold migrants for more than 60 days and that they can only be deported with their consent. [Read more…]

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Israeli government must reinstate Western Wall deal or explain why it won’t, Supreme Court orders

Anat Hoffman being arrested after saying the Shema prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Oct. 16, 2012. (Women of the Wall)

Anat Hoffman being arrested after saying the Shema prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Oct. 16, 2012. (Women of the Wall)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to either reinstate the Western Wall agreement with non-Orthodox groups or explain why it should not force the state to honour the deal.

“One can’t help but ask ‘What exactly happened here?’” Chief Justice Miriam Naor said at a hearing Thursday. “There was an agreement, they were working on it. But then the government came and said there isn’t one. It raises some questions.” [Read more…]

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European Jewish Congress slams Poland’s ‘lack of concern’ over anti-Semitism

(JTA) – In an unusually harsh condemnation, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) said the Polish government has a “staggering lack of concern” about anti-Semitism and a “transparent divide-and-rule tactic” vis-à-vis Jews.

The statement Thursday follows an open feud between leaders of Polish Jewry on whether Poland has seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents or sentiment since the rise to power of the nationalist Law and Justice Party in 2015. [Read more…]

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BDS protesters chant about killing Jews at Netherlands rally

Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Hundreds of demonstrators protest outside the Rotterdam Central Train Station in the Netherlands against Israeli security measures around the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount, July 22, 2017. (Abdullah Asiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A Jewish umbrella group has filed a police complaint over demonstrators in Rotterdam shouting in Arabic about killing Jews.

The Dutch Central Jewish Board said in a statement Wednesday that the July 22 incident occurred at a rally advertised by a newly formed organization called the Palestinian Community in the Netherlands, or PGNL. The Rotterdam branch of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which also advertised the event on its Facebook page, was the real organizer of the rally, according to the statement. [Read more…]

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