Soccer match in Argentina turns violent amid fans’ chants of ‘killing the Jews to make soap’

(JTA) – A soccer match in Argentina descended into violence when fans of a team playing against a squad associated with Jews chanted about “killing the Jews to make soap.”

Supporters of the All Boys squad in Thursday’s match against Atlanta, a professional Argentine team founded more than a century ago in a Jewish neighbourhood, chanted as they waved Palestinian flags and T-shirts bearing Iranian symbols. [Read more…]

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Argentina arrests two men with suspected links to Hezbollah

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – Police in Argentina arrested two men suspected of ties to Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement based on information provided by local Jews.

The two brothers in their twenties, Axel Ezequiel Abraham Salomon and Kevin Gamal Abraham Salomon, were arrested Thursday in the capital, Buenos Aires. Police discovered a small arsenal that included a rifle, one shotgun and a number of pistols, among other weapons, Reuters reported. [Read more…]

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Pope Francis on Pittsburgh synagogue attack: ‘All of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence’

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Pope Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh in St. Peter’s Square, in the wake of an attack on a synagogue there that left 11 worshippers dead.

The head of the Catholic Church said Sunday morning that “all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.”

On Sunday, after reciting the prayer The Angelus, the Pope said: “I express my closeness to the city of Pittsburgh, in the United States of America, and in particular to the Jewish community, hit yesterday by a terrible attack in the synagogue. The Most High welcomes the dead in his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded. In reality, we are all wounded by this inhumane act of violence. May the Lord help us to extinguish the outbreaks of hatred that develop in our societies, strengthening the sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civil values, and the holy fear of God, who is Love and Father of all. “ [Read more…]

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Tens of thousands of documents show how Argentina supported the Nazis

This photo, one of tens of thousands of documents that clarify Argentina’s relationship with the Nazis, shows 15 000 people gathered in Buenos Aires at a rally supporting Hitler on April 10, 1938. (Courtesy DAIA)
This photo, one of tens of thousands of documents that clarify Argentina’s relationship with the Nazis, shows 15 000 people gathered in Buenos Aires at a rally supporting Hitler on April 10, 1938. (Courtesy DAIA)

This photo, one of tens of thousands of documents that clarify Argentina’s relationship with the Nazis, shows 15 000 people gathered in Buenos Aires at a rally supporting Hitler on April 10, 1938. (Courtesy DAIA)

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – Argentina’s Jewish political umbrella revealed excerpts from tens of thousands of documents about World War II that shed light on the Nazi influence on the country and the Nazi war criminals who hid there.

In a short documentary released Tuesday, the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations, or DAIA, released some images from the documents, including one that shows 15,000 people gathered in Buenos Aires at a sports venue, Luna Park, for a rally supporting Hitler on April 10, 1938. [Read more…]

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Argentina blames Gaza violence on Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the San Martin palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 12, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/Government Press Office/Flash90)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the San Martin palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 12, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/Government Press Office/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the San Martin palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 12, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/Government Press Office/Flash90)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – In a sign of Argentina’s changing attitude toward Israel, the Argentine Foreign Ministry has issued a statement that seems to put the blame for recent clashes between the Israeli military and Hamas squarely on the Palestinians.

Referring to the recent escalation in tensions that has seen Hamas fire hundreds of rockets into Israeli territory and the Israelis carry out numerous retaliatory strikes against Hamas outposts and fighters, Friday’s statement expressed its “deep concern” over the violence, which it said was “caused by the launch of rockets towards Israel.” [Read more…]

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