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France’s National Front gains among Jews with tough stance on Arab anti-Semitism
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
October 2, 2014

From the window of his Paris home, Michel Ciardi can see into the waiting room of a government welfare agency, where a predominantly Arab and African crowd awaits government checks. A former communist, Ciardi once believed the scene at the agency was a necessary element of French efforts to help integrate new immigrants. But that CONTINUE »

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Polish Jews split over plan to exhume massacre victims
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
October 2, 2014

In September 1941, a group of villagers wielding axes and other tools descended upon the homes of their Jewish neighbors and murdered every last one, according to testimonies gathered by Holocaust scholars. Not much else is known about the massacre in Wasosz, a village 100 miles east of Warsaw, including basics such as the number CONTINUE »

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Arab Bank held liable for supporting Hamas
BY Batya Ungar-Sargon/JTA
October 2, 2014

NEW YORK — Following a five-week landmark civil trial and two days of deliberation, a Brooklyn jury found Arab Bank liable of knowingly supporting terrorism in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. According to the U.S. District Court ruling on Sept. 22, the Jordan-based bank provided material support to Hamas — backing that helped CONTINUE »

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Amid neo-Nazi surge, Jewish groups applaud Greece’s Holocaust denial ban
BY Gavin Rabinowitz/JTA
October 1, 2014

ATHENS, Greece — Jewish groups say the passage of a bill banning Holocaust denial and imposing harsher penalties for hate speech is an important milestone in the fight against Greece’s rising neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.   “This comes very late but not too late,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said. Greece’s parliament passed the CONTINUE »

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In Israel’s poorest schools, teachers improvise fixes for funding shortfalls
BY Ben Sales/JTA
October 1, 2014

OFAKIM, Israel — In 2008, Asher Nachmani wanted to buy a computerized blackboard for his classroom, but the elementary school where he teaches technology in this low-income town didn’t have the money.   So Nachmani built one himself.   He downloaded a free program from the Internet, bought a controller for a Nintendo Wii video CONTINUE »