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UN hosts first-ever antisemitism conference

By Daniel Sugarman, September 15, 2016

The UN last week held a "High-level Forum on Antisemitism" for the first time in its seven-decade history.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told participants via video-link: "Antisemitism is one of the world's oldest and most pernicious and deadly forms of hatred."

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Union pulps BDS magazine

By Benjamin Weinthal, September 15, 2016

A branch of the German teachers' union has pulped copies of its September magazine because it included an article advocating a boycott of Israel.

The Education and Science Workers' Union (GEW), in the northern city of Oldenburg, also apologised for making a "big mistake" .

The piece, written by teacher Christoph Glanz, a GEW member, called for a total boycott of the Jewish state.

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World’s oldest man to celebrate barmitzvah, 100 years late

By Rosa Doherty, September 14, 2016

The world’s oldest man is to celebrate his barmitzvah in Israel later this month.

Yisrael Kristal, who celebrates his 113th birthday on Thursday, missed his barmitzvah growing up in Poland because of World War One.

Mr Kristal’s daughter, Shulimath Kristal Kuperstoch, told the DPA news agency that 100 family members will attend the ceremony in Haifa where he lives.

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US to sign largest military funding deal with Israel in history

By Josh Jackman, September 14, 2016

The US has agreed to provide Israel with $38 billion (£28.8 billion) of military funding, the largest such agreement in history.

After ten months of negotiations, the deal - which will run until 2028 - is set to be signed today at the US State Department in Washington D.C.

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95 year-old Auschwitz paramedic charged for part in over 3,600 murders

By JC Reporter, September 12, 2016

A 95-year-old former Auschwitz paramedic has been charged as being an accessory to the murder of at least 3,681 people.

Hubert Zafke, who until recently was known only as Hubert Z, was charged in a German court on Monday.

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German teachers’ union shreds pro-BDS article

By Benjamin Weinthal, September 12, 2016

A branch of the German teachers’ union has pulped copies of its September magazine because it included an article advocating a boycott of Israel.

The Education and Science Workers’ Union (GEW), in the northern city of Oldenburg, also apologised for making a “big mistake“ in publishing the article.

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Israeli envoy discusses Polish-Jewish relations with priest who runs radio station accused of antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2016

Israel’s ambassador in Poland has held a meeting with a Catholic priest who runs a radio station described as “blatantly antisemitic” by the US State Department.

Anna Azari, the country’s Israeli ambassador, met Father Tadeusz Rydzyk last week. The priest has been denounced by Jewish organisations and the Vatican for his past remarks.

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UN hosts first antisemitism conference

By Daniel Sugarman, September 9, 2016

The United Nations has held a “High-level Forum on Antisemitism” for the first time in its seven-decade history.

The gathering, which took place on Wednesday, was sponsored by Israel, the United States, Canada and the European Union.

Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, addressed the meeting via video-link.

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Try finding a mohel out here

September 8, 2016

Far from Lima, the coastal capital of Peru, where a thriving middle-class Jewish community of roughly 3,000 Ashkenazim is anchored by a web of institutions, a tiny grouping of Jews in the rainforest is just about clinging on.

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Artist turns swastikas into flowers and insects

By Toby Axelrod, September 8, 2016

A Berlin artist has taken on an unusual task - transforming symbols of hate into colourful graffiti.

Starting this year, Ibrahim Omari and a team of like-minded fans of street art have gone around using the same tools that neo-Nazis employ - spraypaint - to turn swastikas into flowers, owls, insects and other pleasant forms.

The "Paintback" initiative started after Mr Omari, who owns a shop

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