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BDS veers into anti-Semitism

BDS veers into anti-Semitism

SAN FRANCISCO — Liana Kadisha, a senior at Stanford University, says some Jewish students on her campus feel they have to hide who they are. The 22-year-old knows of several who tuck their Star of David necklaces inside their shirts, self-conscious about drawing attention to their Jewish identity.

That’s not the only worry for Jews at the bucolic Palo Alto campus.

Last month, Molly Horwiz, a Jewish candidate for the Stanford student senate, found herself grilled by members of a campus club who questioned her ability to think independently because of her “Jewish identity,” she said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2015 13:27 )


Israel to cut off child allowances to parents who don’t vaccinate

Israel to cut off child allowances to parents who don’t vaccinateTEL AVIV — Each month, the Israeli government sends a check to every Israeli family with at least one child. The more children you have, the more money you get. Unless, that is, you don’t vaccinate your children. According to a clause in the coalition agreement signed last month by the ruling Likud party and the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, Israel will not provide child allowances to families that refuse to vaccinate their children.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:36 )


Memorial promenade planned for three kidnapped boys

Memorial promenade planned for three kidnapped boysNEARLY A year after the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, the community in which they lived is determined to transform the scene of their abduction into a place of safety and beauty. Community leaders of Gush Etzion call their project “The Boys’ Promenade,” in memory of yeshiva students Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah who on June 12, 2014, were kidnapped at a bus stop by Hamas terrorists posing as Israelis. The abductors murdered the youths within minutes....

Lining up a Jewish rogues' gallery

Lining up a Jewish rogues' galleryNEW YORK — Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for surreptitiously videotaping naked women in the mikveh shower room adjacent to his synagogue. The sentence meted out on May 15 in DC Superior Court represented 45 days each for the 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism to which Freundel, the longtime rabbi of the Orthodox Washington congregation Kesher Israel, pleaded guilty in February. The terms will be served successively. Prosecutors had sought 17 years for Freundel, ...

Gutow stepping down from JCPA

Gutow stepping down from JCPANEW YORK — Rabbi Steve Gutow is stepping down after leading the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for 10 years. Gutow, the JCPA president and CEO, will stay in place while the public policy umbrella searches for a new leader, but will focus on interfaith and environmental projects and will leave day-to-day management to Ethan Felson, the body’s senior vice president, according to a JCPA statement released May 14.
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British Jewish woman wins $25k in religious discrimination suit

Julie Wiener Aurelie Fhima applied to Travel Jigsaw in Manchester, but was rejected after she said at a job interview that her religious observance prevents her from working on Friday nights and Saturdays. ... [Link]

Child Holocaust survivors get $60 million — in a single day

Uriel Heilman The Claims Conference sent out payments totaling about $60 million in a single day last week – the first of an estimated 70,000 one-time payments of 2,500 Euros to child survivors of the Holocaust. ... [Link]

Turkish Jews staying put but eyeing exit amid president’s hostile rhetoric

Cnaan Liphshiz Some Turkish Jews say the anti-Semitic atmosphere whipped up by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Israel rhetoric is prompting many to question their future in a country that long has been a... [Link]

At Jerusalem ‘SlutWalk,’ women protest rape and victim-blaming

Julie Wiener Israel’s fourth annual SlutWalk on Friday promoted the message that women should be free from sexual harassment even when wearing revealing clothing. ... [Link]

In Belgium and France, Jews and Jewish museum employee threatened

Cnaan Liphshiz An African employee at Brussels’ Jewish Museum was warned that talking of Jews is “dangerous for you.” ... [Link]

Alleged Nazi war criminal who moved to Canada dies at 93

Julie Wiener For years Vladimir Katriuk was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of “most wanted” Nazi war criminals. ... [Link]

U.K. launches inquiry into Hasidic group over female driving ban

Julie Wiener The inquiry followed the issuing of a letter from Belz rabbis in London saying that female drivers violate “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and that children would be expelled from B... [Link]

Op-Ed: Comprehensive approach to fighting BDS is needed

Ben Harris Attempts to combat BDS through legislation won’t hold up in America and distract attention from efforts to forget a comprehensive approach, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League wr... [Link]

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