American Jews have disproportionate influence over politics, says ex-British politician with close Trump ties

(JTA) – The former leader of a nationalist political party in Britain with close ties to U.S. President Donald Trump said that American Jews have a disproportionate influence over politics.

Nigel Farage, the ex-head of the Independence Party and now a talk show host on the LBC radio station, made the remarks Monday on while discussing whether Russian influence had aided Trump’s election in the wake of the first charges being brought against Trump administration officials. [Read more…]

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U of Illinois Chabad menorah vandalized again

(JTA) – The menorah in front of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was vandalized for the fourth time in two years.

Security cameras caught two people pushing a shopping cart walking by the Chabad center on the southern Illinois campus on Friday night trying to move the entire 9-foot menorah, then breaking off a branch and walking off with it. [Read more…]

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Why a haredi Orthodox yeshiva student nearly missed his wedding

(JTA) – British immigration officers detained a haredi Orthodox Los Angeles man for three days who had come to the United Kingdom to marry a citizen there.

Yosef Goldenberg, who is studying in Israel and has citizenship there, arrived Thursday at Heathrow Airport in London carrying his American passport en route to his wedding Monday in Newcastle even though his request for a special marriage visa had been denied, Arutz 7 reported Tuesday. Goldenberg was hoping to enter as a tourist but was barred from doing so because he had already applied unsuccessfully for the marriage visa. [Read more…]

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German soccer fans use photo of Anne Frank to mock rival team

(JTA) – Stickers showing a doctored photo of Anne Frank wearing a German soccer team’s jersey appeared in Dusseldorf, Germany, a week after a similar incident in Rome.

Fans of the Borussia Dortmund club are believed to have created the stickers showing the teenage Holocaust diarist in a Schalke team jersey. Borussia Dortmund reportedly has a number of neo-Nazis as part of its hardcore fan base. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu to appear via satellite at Jewish Federations’ General Assembly

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly next month via satellite on the last day of the conference.

Netanyahu will be interviewed live from Israel, as he was last year. He appeared in person at the 2013 and 2015 General Assemblies and by satellite in 2014 and last year. [Read more…]

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