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Charlottesville, VA – What You Need To Know About Antifa, The Group That Fought White Supremacists In Charlottesville

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 Charlottesville, VA - Is it OK to punch a Nazi in the face? That’s the question animating much of the discussion of Saturday’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which quickly devolved into a brawl between rally-goers and a contingent of anti-fascist counterprotesters known as antifa. Following the clashes, a white supremacist rammed his car into the counterprotest...

Zurich – Booking.com Drops Swiss Hotel That Featured Signs Singling Out Jews

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 Zurich - The online hotel reservation service Booking.com dropped from its website a Swiss establishment whose management put up signs singling out Jews and urging them to shower before entering the swimming pool. The Paradise Apartments in Arosa, some 80 miles southeast of Zurich, still appears on Booking.com, but is blocked for reservations. “We’re sorry, but it is currently not...

Zurich – Swiss Hotelier Sorry For Signs Telling Jews To Shower Before Entering Pool

Monday, August 14th, 2017 Zurich - The manager of a hotel in Switzerland said she was wrong to post signs instructing “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool and to access the refrigerator at set times. Ruth Thomann, who runs the Paradies Arosa hotel 80 miles southeast of Zurich, responded Monday to articles published in Israeli media outlets about the signs put up by hotel staff over the...

Jerusalem – The Corruption Scandals Plaguing Benjamin Netanyahu And His Family, Explained

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 Jerusalem - He has a firm grip on the government, but a mounting political scandal might bring him down. Officials from his own party have begun to distance themselves from him, but he remains defiant. Oh, and his son is in trouble, too. Just one more thing Benjamin Netanyahu has in common with President Donald Trump. Except there’s a difference: While Trump faces one sprawling...

University City, MO – Vandalized Jewish Cemetery In Missouri City Rededicated

Monday, August 7th, 2017 University City, MO - Almost six months after a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis was vandalized, it has been rededicated. Law enforcement is still working to determine if the tipping of 154 tombstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City in February was motivated by anti-Semitism. The attack drew national attention and Vice President Mike Pence visited the cemetery along with...

New York – This New York Giants Player Shows His Jewish Pride On And Off The Field

Friday, August 4th, 2017 New York - As a rookie in the National Football League, New York Giants offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty is splitting most of his time before the season starts in September between grueling practices and long team meetings. To lighten the mood, veteran players ask the newbies each preseason to sing in front of the team. Bisnowaty figures that when it’s his turn, he’ll go with “Dreidel...

Sydney – Australian Municipality: Don’t Blame Us For Banning Synagogue On Terror Grounds

Friday, August 4th, 2017 Sydney - A municipal council in a suburb of Australia’s largest city said it was not to blame for a decision to ban the construction of a synagogue because it could become the target of a terrorist attack. In a statement Friday, the Waverley Council asserted that the decision to reject the synagogue was made by a local land use court, which said the congregation had not addressed the...

Washington – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Withdraws Support For Anti-BDS Bill

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 Washington - In a rare move and after facing criticism at town hall meetings, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, withdrew her sponsorship of an anti-BDS bill. A search of the congressional website on Wednesday showed that Gillibrand withdrew her sponsorship. Asked for comment, her spokesman, Glen Caplin, said Gillibrand remains opposed to the movement to boycott, divest from and...

Managua – VIDEO: 114 People Convert To Judaism In Nicaragua

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 Managua, Nicaragua - Over the course of just a few days, the tiny Jewish community in Nicaragua more than doubled when 114 people converted to Judaism. Last month, community members answered questions before a beit din, or religious court, of three Orthodox rabbis from Israel and the United States and immersed in a newly built mikvah in Managua, the Central American country’s capital. Male...

Los Angeles, CA – Iconic Einstein ‘Tongue’ Photo Brings $125,000 At Auction

Friday, July 28th, 2017 Los Angeles, CA - A famous photo of Albert Einstein, sticking out his tongue at a photographer and signed by the renowned scientist, has been sold for $125,000. The Nate D. Sanders auction house here, in announcing the sale Thursday evening, did not reveal the buyer’s identity. UPI (United Press International) photographer Arthur Sasse took the picture on March 14, 1951 while covering...

New York – This Yiddish Film Is A Rare Look Into Hasidic Brooklyn Life

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 New York - With more than a decade’s worth of experience in the film industry, mostly in documentaries, director Joshua Weinstein has released his first feature-length narrative film. What’s surprising is that Weinstein, a secular Jew, has made a movie entirely in Yiddish. “Menashe,” about Hasidic Jews in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, is among the first full-length Yiddish...

New York – ZOA Calls On Tillerson To Quit Over State Department Saying Palestinian Terrorism Stems From ‘lack Of Hope’

Monday, July 24th, 2017 New York - The Zionist organization of America called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resign over the State Department terrorism report which the ZOA called “bigoted, biased, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating (and) error-ridden.” “This Tillerson State Department Report blames Israel for Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks on innocent Jews and Americans, ignores and whitewashes the...

Grozny – Chechnya’s Jewish Community Doesn’t Exist — But It’s Angry At Israel

Friday, July 21st, 2017 Grozny, Chechnya -  While Russia’s mainstream Jewish leaders in Moscow firmly backed Israel’s actions in clashes this week with Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the small Jewish community of Chechnya broke ranks with them and boldly condemned the Jewish state’s “provocations” against Muslims in the holy city. At least that was the story reported in the national and...

Berlin – Guide At Anne Frank Center In Berlin Compares Jewish Suffering Under Nazis To Palestinians Under Israel

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 Berlin - The Anne Frank Center in Berlin has distanced itself from the statement of a freelance guide who compared the suffering of Jews under the Nazis to that of Palestinians under Israeli occupation today. At issue was a profile of Nesreen Hajjaj, a 24-year-old Berliner of Palestinian background, in the July 19 online English version of Al Arabiya. Hajjaj is one of 25 freelance guides who...

Hungary – Netanyahu Praises His Hungarian Counterpart At Budapest Synagogue

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 Hungary - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a visit to a Budapest synagogue praised his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, for speaking out against anti-Semitism and standing up for Israel in international forums. “I think it’s very important that countries stand against this delegitimization of Israel, which is the delegitimization of the Jewish people, and I thank you...
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