Israeli archaeologists say they found the ring of Pontius Pilate

A painting of Pontius Pilate and Jesus. (Nikolai Ge/Wikimedia Commons)
A painting of Pontius Pilate and Jesus. (Nikolai Ge/Wikimedia Commons)

A painting of Pontius Pilate and Jesus. (Nikolai Ge/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – Israeli researchers say they have found a ring that belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who had Jesus crucified.

The copper alloy jewelry was one of the artifacts found during a 1968-69 dig unearthing a section of a tomb and palace belonging to the biblical King Herod near Bethlehem in the West Bank, The Times of Israel reported Thursday. But the ring was examined and cataloged only this year, the report said. [Read more…]

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Jordanian assaults Israeli co-workers in Eilat in suspected terrorist attack

(JTA) – A Jordanian citizen on his second day on the job at the Eilat Port assaulted two Israeli co-workers with a hammer in what police said may have been a terrorist attack.

The incident Friday left the two victims with moderate injuries, the Israel Broadcasting Corp. reported. They were sent to a local hospital for treatment and then flown to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic crimes rise by 60 per cent in Canada

(JTA) – Hate crimes against Jews in Canada have spiked 60 per cent from 2016 to 2017, making them the most targeted minority group in the country for the second straight year.

Statistics Canada reported Thursday that the number of incidents reported to police rose to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016. The increase was attributed to nonviolent “mischief” hate crimes.

The country’s main Jewish advocacy group said it was “alarmed” by the numbers.

“It is disturbing to think an anti-Semitic hate crime takes place every 24 hours in our country,” Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs CEO Shimon Koffler said. “History demonstrates that those who target Jews and other minorities pose a threat to society as a whole. All Canadians should be vigilant in standing against hate.”

Overall, hate crimes in Canada jumped 47 per cent in 2017. Statistics Canada reported a rise in hate crimes against the Muslim, black, Asian and LGBTQ communities.

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Jewish Americans sue Airbnb over plan to remove listings in West Bank settlements

Nati Rom, founder of the anti-Israel boycott organization Lev Haolam, walks next to an Airbnb apartment located in an outpost near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh, Nov. 20, 2018. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Nati Rom, founder of the anti-Israel boycott organization Lev Haolam, walks next to an Airbnb apartment located in an outpost near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh, Nov. 20, 2018. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A group of Jewish-American citizens have sued Airbnb in U.S. federal court over the announcement that it will remove the listings of homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The 18 plaintiffs filed the civil rights lawsuit in the United States District Court in Delaware alleging that the internet hospitality company has enacted a new policy discriminating against them based upon their religion. [Read more…]

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300-pound menorah stolen from Boston-area synagogue and later recovered

(JTA) – A 300-pound menorah was stolen from the entrance of a Boston-area synagogue and found hours later dumped about a mile away.

The six-foot-tall menorah that had been on display at the entrance to Temple Emeth in Brookline, Massachusetts since 1948 was ripped from its base sometime on Tuesday night. It was discovered by police at about 6 am in Wednesday in a community several miles away, according to reports. [Read more…]

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Office of Jewish professor at Columbia U vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

(JTA) – The office of a Jewish professor at Columbia University in New York City was spray painted with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Swastikas were spray painted on two walls of the office of Elizabeth Midlarsky, professor of psychology and education, at Columbia Teachers College. The word “YID” also was spray painted on a wall of the office of the professor, who is Jewish and who researches and publishes about the Holocaust. [Read more…]

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Rabbis who survived Pittsburgh shooting mark 30 days of mourning

(JTA) – The outpouring of love and compassion in the wake of the shooting attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue has been a comfort to the Jewish community, the rabbi of the Tree of Life Synagogue said.

In thoughts to mark the end of the shloshim, or the first 30 days of mourning, since the deaths of 11 worshippers in the attack on a Shabbat morning in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers also said that the “nightmares, fear, insomnia and trauma” remain. [Read more…]

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