Quebec Official: Rosh Hashanah Election Date Not Discriminatory

A Canadian government minister who said the Jewish community receives “privileged treatment” denied that a 2016 election scheduled for Rosh Hashanah discriminates against Jews. “Give me a break,” said Bernard Drainville, the Parti Québécois minister of democratic institutions and active citizenship, in response to a reporter’s question about his refusal to change the proposed date… Read More

‘Really Dangerous’

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Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi

On May 21, Iran’s Guardian Council released a list of “approved” candidates for the June 14 presidential election. As expected, the list of eight candidates included a number of hardliners loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, crushing any hope that Iran’s next president would bring about new policies that would end the nuclear standoff… Read More

Sanctions, Support

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Jay Bernstein

With two weeks until Iran’s presidential election and with an announcement last week by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran has accelerated the installation of critical nuclear infrastructure, allowing Tehran to greatly increase the pace of its uranium enrichment,  the U.S. Senate and House have passed legislation emphasizing Iran’s global threat and restating… Read More

Oldest known Torah scroll found in library of Italian university

What is being described as the oldest Torah scroll known to exist was discovered in the library of the University of Bologna. The parchment scroll had been wrongly catalogued as dating from the 17th century, a university statement said. “Instead, ‘Roll 2’ was copied in a period between the second half of the 12th and… Read More

First Jewish funeral held in Australian Outback since ‘43

The first Jewish funeral in an Australian Outback town since 1943 was held with the aid of a Facebook and Twitter campaign. On Sunday, more than 20 Jews came to the cemetery in the rural town of Goulbourn, about 125 miles south of Sydney, for the funeral of Wayne Robinson, whose dying wish was to… Read More

Will Iran See A Renewed ‘Green Revolution’ Erupt Next Month?

On May 21, Iran’s Guardian Council released a list of “approved” candidates for the June 14 presidential election. As expected, the list of eight candidates included a number of hardliners loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, crushing any hope that Iran’s next president would bring about new policies that would end the nuclear standoff… Read More

‘The Return’ follows four young Polish Jews who are reclaiming their heritage

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Imagine growing up in Roman Catholic Poland only to discover that you have Jewish heritage. What do you do? Filmmaker Adam Zucker explores this question in his documentary “The Return.” Speaking from his home in New York, Zucker, 55, explained that after the Holocaust and through the fall of communism in 1989, Poland’s few Jews… Read More

French university accused of putting on anti-Semitic play

JTA Wire Service A French university defended a student theater production that a Jewish leader labeled “grossly anti-Semitic.” “The humor is difficult to handle, but this is not an anti-Semitic show,” Catherine Benguigui, vice president of the University of La Rochelle, told the local newspaper Sud Ouest in an article published last week.

Paris suburb shuts down unlicensed Jewish preschool

JTA Wire Service A suburban Paris municipality ordered the closure of an unlicensed Jewish preschool. City officials in Charenton, south of the French capital, closed the preschool there last month following complaints and a surprise inspection, the Le Parisien daily reported last week. The preschool, which served about 50 toddlers since its opening about one… Read More

Man who raped Holocaust survivor sentenced to jail

JTA Wire Service An Australian man who sexually assaulted a Holocaust survivor was sentenced to up to five years in prison. Robert Webb, 39, was sentenced to a minimum of three years in jail for the 1991 attack. Arrested and charged in 2011, Webb could be released within a year given time served, according to… Read More