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Muslim mayor of London sets out to build bridges

Muslim mayor of London sets out to build bridges

LONDON — The newly elected mayor of London, the first Muslim to hold the position, attended a community program commemorating the Holocaust as his first official public engagement.

Sadiq Khan also reiterated plans to lead a trade delegration to Israel and said it is important to improve Jewish-Muslim relaions in the UK capital.

Khan of the Labour Party joined thousands of members of the Jewish community and its supporters for the Yom Hashoah program on Sunday, May 8, in a local stadium three days after his election.

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Cameron: Corbyn must renounce 'friends'

Cameron: Corbyn must renounce 'friends'NEW YORK — British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to renounce his past indication of friendship with Hamas and Hezbollah. Cameron made the public demand on Wednesday, May 4, during Prime Minister’s Questions, a weekly session in the House of Commons during which lawmakers question the prime minister on a wide range of topics.
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Corbyn's bluster infuriates Jews

Corbyn's bluster infuriates JewsLONDON — Even before he was kicked out of Britain’s Labour Party for saying that Israel runs the Islamic State, Bob Campbell was a marginal figure within the party. A former forest ranger and first-aid trainer from northern England, Campbell, 49, began his Labour career last year volunteering to help the campaign of Jeremy Corbyn — a veteran socialist who, since being elected Labour chair in September, has both impressed and alienated many Britons with his views on the redistribution of w...
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Venice marks 500th anniversary of Jewish ghetto

Venice marks 500th anniversary of Jewish ghettoVENICE — Venice has kicked off commemorations marking the 500th anniversary of the imposition of the world’s first official Jewish ghetto. Artists, scholars, musicians and actors, as well as Jewish US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will take part in an array of events lasting through the year. The gala opening ceremony for anniversary events took place on March 29, 2016 — 500 years to the day that the Venetian Senate, under the Doge, or chief magistrate, Leonardo Loredan, ord...
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More fallout from Brussels

More fallout from BrusselsANTWERP — The hundreds of rifle-toting police and soldiers who patrol Isaac Michaeli’s neighborhood have done little to improve his sense of safety. “When the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, the soldiers might as well be cardboard cutouts,” he said.
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Drake has a crush on Sarah Silverman

Gabe Friedman News flash: The most famous Jewish rapper on earth has a crush on one of the most famous Jewish comedians on earth. As explained on “Late Night with Seth Myers” Thursday night, Drake recently post... [Link]

Netanyahu’s government may be near collapse, report says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10. In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders... [Link]

Arab states have reportedly hand-picked Palestinian leader to succeed Abbas

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly planning to have former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Citing unnamed senior ... [Link]

Captain America is a secret Nazi, and people are going crazy about it

Andrew Tobin The new Captain America comic book includes an epic reveal, and some people are not happy about it. When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1” on its relea... [Link]

US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

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