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In France, a quenelle arrest

In France, a quenelle arrest

PARIS — French police arrested a man suspected of disseminating a photo of a quasi-Nazi salute being performed in front of a school where four Jews were murdered.

The man, who was identified as Joe le Corbeau, was arrested Jan. 28 near Marseille in southern France, according to a report by the France3 news network.

Police believe he was involved in inciting hatred against Jews because he spread online a photo of a man performing the quenelle — a gesture that many French Jews believe is anti-Semitic and based on the Nazi salute — in front of the Ohr Hatorah school in Toulouse, where three Jewish children and a rabbi were murdered in 2012.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:09 )

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International

Scarlett Johansson stands up for Israel against Oxfam

Scarlett Johansson stands up for Israel against OxfamNEW YORK — Oxfam accepted actress Scarlett Johansson’s resignation as a global ambassador, calling the role “incompatible” with her work for the Israeli company SodaStream. “Oxfam has accepted Scarlett Johansson’s decision to step down after eight years as a Global Ambassador and we are grateful for her many contributions,” the global anti-poverty charity said in a statement issued Jan. 30. “While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johansson’s role promot...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:27 )

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Israel

Women of Wall near agreement

Women of Wall near agreementJERUSALEM — Women of the Wall is close to approving an agreement with the Israeli government to move the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian area. The report Monday, Jan. 27, in Haaretz was corroborated on the organization’s Facebook page. The agreement comes after months of negotiations between the organization and an Israeli government committee. In October, the Women of the Wall presented 16 conditions under which the group would move its monthly prayer service to an ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:55 )

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International

Swedish, Danish docs call for ban on bris

COPENHAGEN — Large medical associations in Sweden and Denmark recommended banning non-medical circumcision of boys. In Sweden, the recommendation came in a resolution that was unanimously adopted last week by the ethics council of the Sweden Medical Association — a union whose members constitute 85% of the country’s physicians, the Svenska Dagbladet daily reported on Jan. 25. It recommended setting 12 as the minimum age for the procedure and the boy’s consent. Jewish ritual circumcisio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:49 )

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National

$100,000 to disabilities advocate

$100,000 to disabilities advocateBOSTON — The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation awarded Harvard University professor Michael Stein with its first Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The $100,000 award announced this week recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish world and the greater public, and awards the potential for future contributions.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:53 )

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