UN General Assembly approves Palestine as head of largest bloc of developing countries

Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the observer state of Palestine as the head of the largest bloc of developing countries.

Some 146 countries on Tuesday voted in favor of Palestine to head the Group of 77. Three countries – Israel, the United States and Australia – voted against, and 15 countries abstained. Twenty-nine countries did not vote. [Read more…]

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Recording has Polish PM slamming ‘greedy’ Jewish hedge fund owners

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Dec. 14, 2017. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Dec. 14, 2017. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Poland’s prime minister was heard making allegedly anti-Semitic remarks in secret recordings from 2013, before he rose to power.

The recordings of Mateusz Morawiecki complaining to friends about “greedy” and rich “Americans, Jews, Germans, Englishmen and Swiss” that run hedge funds were published Tuesday by the news site Onet. [Read more…]

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Man arrested in Yom Kippur rock attack on Polish synagogue

Shattered glass at the New Synagogue of Gdansk, Poland, Sept. 19, 2018. (Courtesy of the World Jewish Congress)

Shattered glass at the New Synagogue of Gdansk, Poland, Sept. 19, 2018. (Courtesy of the World Jewish Congress)

(JTA) – A man accused of hurling a rock through the window of a synagogue in the Polish city of Gdansk on Yom Kippur has been arrested.

The man was detained on Friday in the nearby community of Trabki Wielkie, a day after security camera video footage of the alleged vandal attacking the synagogue was released. The video prompted several calls to police. [Read more…]

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Bloody prayer shawl from Yom Kippur pogrom found in former Lodz ghetto

(JTA) – Part of a blood-stained prayer shawl from a 1940 Yom Kippur pogrom was found in the former ghetto of Lodz, Poland and brought to Israel, its finder said.

The part of the shawl, or tallit, is a decorative collar known as an atarah. It was discovered this month by a worker with the Shem Olam Holocaust museum near Hadera in Israel under the wooden floor of a structure that used to be part of the Jewish ghetto of the central Polish city, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Friday. [Read more…]

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Rock hurled inside Polish synagogue during Yom Kippur prayers

Shattered glass at the New Synagogue of Gdansk, Poland, Sept. 19, 2018. (Courtesy of the World Jewish Congress)
Shattered glass at the New Synagogue of Gdansk, Poland, Sept. 19, 2018. (Courtesy of the World Jewish Congress)

Shattered glass at the New Synagogue of Gdansk, Poland, Sept. 19, 2018. (Courtesy of the World Jewish Congress)

(JTA) – A rock was hurled into a synagogue in Gdansk in northern Poland, shattering the glass of one window while worshipers, including children, were inside.

The assault on Gdansk’s New Synagogue occurred on Wednesday, during Yom Kippur, one of Judaism’s holiest days, the Jewish Religious Community in Gdansk wrote on its Facebook page. [Read more…]

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Yad Vashem questions honours for three Poles as Holocaust-era rescuers of Jews

(JTA) – Israel’s state Holocaust museum expressed concerns over a Polish group honouring three people it did not recognize as having risked their lives to save Jews.

Joel Zisenwine, the director of the Yad Vashem museum’s Righteous Among the Nations department, said there is “fear that these actions may lead to misleading the public” in an email he sent this month to Holocaust commemoration activist Meir Bulka in Israel, who runs the JNerations group. [Read more…]

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