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U.N. Experts Will Probe West Bank Settlements

By JTA

The United Nations’ top human rights body has appointed three independent experts to conduct a fact-finding mission on how Israel’s West Bank settlements affect Palestinians.Read More


European Jews Hope To Stop Anti-Semitic 'Quake'

By JTA

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) is demanding a more proactive response to the recent escalation in anti-Semitic attacks around Europe, which its leader called “smaller tremors before a massive earthquake.”Read More


European Far-Right Groups Meet in Milan

By JTA

Milan’s Jewish community has condemned a meeting of European extreme right-wing movements due to be held at a Milan hotel Friday and Saturday.Read More


British Town Marks Old Jewish Cemetery

By JTA

A Jewish heritage committee in Oxford marked an medieval Jewish cemetery in the university town.Read More


Vienna Removes Anti-Semitic Mayor's Name

By JTA

Vienna city councillors removed the name of a notoriously anti-Semitic mayor from a section of the elegant Ring boulevard that encircles the heart of the city.Read More


Presbyterians Reject Divestment Back Boycott

By Forward Staff

In a narrow vote, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected divestment from companies doing business with Israeli security forces in the West Bank.Read More


Many Haredi Enroll in Israel Service

By Haaretz

The uncertainty surrounding the aftermath of the Tal Law’s August 1 expiry has driven a record number of ultra-Orthodox men to volunteer for the national service program in the past few days.Read More


Pub of the Revolution Opens

By Haaretz

A cooperative pub, funded by tent city protest leaders who bought shares in the joint, has opened in Tel Aviv. Cheers to you, guys!Read More


'No Women on Sidewalk' Signs Removed in Town

By JTA

A sign calling for women to avoid using sidewalks in order to avoid contact with men was removed from a neighborhood in Beit Shemesh.Read More


Pesach Lerner Quits as Head of Young Israel

By JTA

Rabbi Pesach Lerner will step down as head of the National Council of Young Israel, the organization said.Read More





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