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Poland charges 11 over bizarre Auschwitz stunt

Varsovia - Polish prosecutors on Saturday said they had pressed charges against 11 people who slaughtered a lamb and then stripped naked at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Jews, Israelis fear fallout from bomb hoax arrest

Jerusalem - Israel's arrest of a Jewish teenager accused of masterminding dozens of anti-Semitic threats could encourage racism and ease pressure on US President Donald Trump to tackle anti-Semitism, Jewish groups have warned.

Greek Jewish community hails citizenship decision

Atenas - Greece's Jewish community hailed on Saturday lawmakers' decision to allow descendants of Holocaust survivors to apply for Greek citizenship.

Old files reveal wartime tale of 'Bolivian Schindler'

La Paz - Old files have revealed the story of a businessman hailed as the "Bolivian Schindler" for helping thousands of Jews flee to the South American country to escape the Nazis.

Parade sees tributes to Israeli soldier convicted of killing

Hebron - Israeli settlers celebrating a Jewish holiday in the occupied West Bank Sunday paid tribute to a soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, with some even dressing up as him.

Threats against US Jewish groups stoke fears of rising anti-Semitism

Washington - More than 100 bomb threats against US Jewish organizations and the desecration of three Jewish cemeteries are stoking fears of a rise of anti-Semitism, with some analysts blaming the politics of the Trump era.

Third Jewish cemetery damaged in surge of US anti-Semitic acts

Washington - Vandals tumbled and defaced headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York, local officials confirmed Friday, the third such cemetery in the United States to suffer damage in a surge in apparent anti-Semitic acts.

Vandals attack Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia

Washington - Vandals have broken and overturned more than 500 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, the latest in a spate of bomb threats and attacks against Jewish sites across the United States.

Former Israeli chief rabbi sentenced to jail for graft

Jerusalem - Former Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger, convicted of taking more than $1.9 million in bribes, fraud and obstructing justice, was sentenced Thursday to serve four-and-a-half years in jail, court officials said.

At least 11 US Jewish centers get bomb threats

Washington - Nearly a dozen Jewish community centers across the United States received bomb threats that led to evacuations Monday, in the latest wave of such attacks since Donald Trump became president a month ago.

Pence pays somber visit to Nazi concentration camp

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Germany on Sunday, against the backdrop of concerns about a surge of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States since Donald Trump was elected president....

Nazi hunter fears hundreds of suspects could still be at large

Jerusalem - Hundreds or even thousands of Nazi war crimes suspects could still be at large, one of the world's leading experts on the matter said Thursday, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Another 5,000 Jews quit France for Israel: agency

Paris - Another 5,000 French Jews emigrated to Israel last year, figures showed Monday, continuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting the community.

Protesters scuffle with ultra-Orthodox Jews at Western Wall

Jerusalem - Protesters demanding equal prayer rights for women at one of Judaism's holiest sites scuffled with ultra-Orthodox Jews on Wednesday as they sought to approach Jerusalem's Western Wall, organisers said.

Poles mark 70 years since brutal post-Holocaust pogrom

Kielce - Seventy years after dozens of Polish Holocaust survivors were bludgeoned to death in the Kielce Pogrom, psychologist Bogdan Bialek is intent on reconciling Poles and Jews.

Israeli restaurants in kosher food row with Jewish authorities

Jerusalem - Jonathan Vadai just wanted a certificate confirming his Jerusalem restaurant as kosher, but he found himself fed up with the Israeli religious authorities overseeing the process.

Suspended sentence for French teacher who invented IS attack

Marseille - A French teacher who pretended to have been the victim of anti-Semitic violence by supporters of the Islamic State group days after November's attacks in Paris received a six-month suspended sentence on Thursday.

Drag queens raise holy hell in Jerusalem's only gay bar

Jerusalem - In conservative Jerusalem, the last thing you might expect to find in the cramped back of a bar is a clutch of amateur drag queens railing against political and religious taboos.

Israel blocks off Gaza Strip and West Bank for Passover

Jerusalem - Israel has announced the closure of all points of entry between the occupied West Bank, the Gaza strip, and Israeli territory on Friday and Saturday for the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Knife-wielding attackers should be killed: Israel chief rabbi

Jerusalem - An Israeli chief rabbi said that knife-wielding attackers should be killed, after a call by the head of the armed forces to not use excessive firepower in combating a wave of Palestinian violence.

In Israel, Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' an enduring taboo

Jerusalem - The controversy over the upcoming re-publication of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany is having particular resonance in Israel, where memories of the Holocaust run deep and the book remains taboo.

Vatican marks historic end to official anti-Semitism

Vatican City - The Catholic Church on Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of a landmark declaration by which it ended centuries of officially condoned anti-Semitism and urged bridge-building with all other faiths.

Madrid city offical resigns over Holocaust joke on Twitter

Madrid - Madrid's new cultural affairs commissioner resigned from his post Monday -- just two days after being sworn in -- after it emerged he had joked on Twitter about the Holocaust.

U.S. rabbi jailed for secretly filming women

Washington - A Washington rabbi who admitted setting up cameras to spy on women as they prepared for Jewish ritual baths was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison, the Justice Department said.

Pope condemns resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe

- Pope Francis on Monday condemned a "worrying" resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and urged the continuation of dialogue between Christians and Jews.

Nazi-hunters praise German efforts to nail war criminals

Jerusalem - Nazi-hunters the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Monday praised Germany's efforts to bring war criminals to justice some seven decades after the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Anti-Semitism in Europe akin to 1930s: Jewish leader

Washington - A prominent Jewish figure urged the United States to beware surging anti-Semitism in Europe and warned that seven decades after World War II Jews on the continent are having to look over their shoulders once more.

After Copenhagen shootings, Norway's Muslims and Jews link up

Oslo - Norwegian Muslims organised a peace vigil in Oslo Saturday in a show of solidarity with Jews a week after fatal shootings in Denmark targeted a synagogue and free speech seminar.

Danish Jews hit by mounting anti-Semitism

Copenhage - Denmark's small Jewish community, which Wednesday buried a Jewish man shot dead outside the Copenhagen synagogue, has been the butt of mounting anti-Semitism in recent years after centuries of living at peace.

Danish Jews reject Netanyahu's call to move to Israel

Copenhage - Danish Jews on Monday turned down an offer by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to emigrate to Israel following a deadly weekend attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen.
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