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Seattle Jew in Line to Be First Sephardic Jew Granted Spanish Citizenship

March 17, 2016, by

From the Seattle Times: Seattleite Doreen Alhadeff got back from Spain on Feb. 15 with a historic accomplishment in hand: She had become the first American — and now one of only seven people in the world — to reach the final stage of a process that allows Sephardic Jews to become Spanish citizens. A

America’s Proudest Shabbos Goys?

March 17, 2016, by

The JTA has this lovely story about several shop-owners in Kew Garden Hills, NY, who are known happily as Shabbos Goys. For Samir Patel, the term “goy” is no slur. It’s a point of pride. Patel is a manager of Suhag Wine & Liquors, a family-owned business in the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, in

Anti-Semitic Slogans, Swastikas Painted on Synagogue in France

March 15, 2016, by

From the JTA: Unidentified individuals painted anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas on a synagogue in the French city of Verdun but failed to break in. Congregants discovered the vandalism on Saturday morning, Jean Blacharz, the local community’s vice president, told the L’Est Républicain daily. He added that the incident was the first of its kind in recent memory in Verdun,

Guinness: Israel Holocaust Survivor, 112, World’s Oldest Man

March 15, 2016, by

From the AP. A 112-year-old Israeli who lived through both World Wars and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is the world’s oldest man, Guinness World Records announced on Friday. Guinness said in a statement that Israel Kristal is 112 years and 178 days old as of March 11. Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for

Suburban Boston Principal Sorry for Not Reporting 2 Anti-Semitic Incidents

March 10, 2016, by

From the Forward: The principal of a suburban Boston middle school apologized to parents for failing to notify them about two anti-Semitic incidents at the school, days after he notified them about a third incident. The words “Burn the Jews” was written on the wall of a boys’ bathroom at the F.A. Day Middle School

Hasidic Terror Victim Stabs Attacker—Credits God with Saving Him

March 10, 2016, by

From the Forward: Only after Yonatan Azriaev grabbed the terrorist’s arms and threw him against a wall of soft drinks did he think he was about to die. Azriaev, a member of the Breslov Hasidic sect, had been handing out religious pamphlets in the open-air market here when he stepped inside a shop at around

Official Palestinian TV Calls Jaffa Terrorist a ‘Martyr’

March 9, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: The official news station of the Palestinian Authority described the terrorist who went on a stabbing spree in Jaffa Wednesday night as a “martyr” and called his victims “settlers.” On Wednesday night, 22-year-old Palestinian Bashar Massalha killed an American tourist, US army veteran Taylor Force, and injured 10 other people,

Palestinian Terrorist Kills US Tourist, Wounds 10 in Jaffa Stabbing Spree

March 8, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: An American tourist was killed and at least 10 people were injured Tuesday evening when a Palestinian man carried out a stabbing spree in Jaffa. Five of the injured were described as being in critical condition. The terrorist stabbed his victims in at least three locations in an attack that

16-Year-Old Danish Girl Charged with Planning to Bomb Jewish School

March 8, 2016, by

From The Jerusalem Post: Copenhagen—A 16-year-old Danish girl has been charged with planning a “terrorist” attack on two schools, one of them Jewish, after acquiring chemicals for bombs, police said on Tuesday. A police press release said the girl’s 24-year-old friend, who local media have said was a former fighter in Syria, had also been

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