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World Bank approves $30 million for Palestinian COVID-19 response

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-07-28 14:46
As part of the grant, the World Bank will provide a $20-million emergency cash fund to nearly 90,000 households affected by the coronavirus crisis

Turkish social media bill presages 'new dark era' of censorship, critics say

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-07-28 14:40
Bill would require foreign social media sites to appoint Turkish-based representatives to address authorities' concerns

A million votes: Why Biden is making unprecedented efforts to court Muslim Americans

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-07-28 14:19
Though the community only comprises about 1 percent of the U.S. electorate, it is largely situated in crucial swing states such as Michigan, Ohio and Florida

Security guard disarms ax-wielding man inside Ukraine synagogue

JTA - Tue, 2020-07-28 14:07

(JTA) — A security guard at a Ukraine synagogue overpowered a man armed with an ax who broke into the compound shouting “where’s the synagogue?”

The intruder slightly wounded the guard, who managed to wrestle the weapon away from him. No one else was injured in the incident Tuesday in Mariupol, in eastern Ukraine.

Police are looking for the intruder, who fled after breaking free from the grip of the security guard, according to Christians for Israel, a Netherlands-based organization that funds security costs for the synagogue, including the guard’s salary.

The incident happened shortly after morning prayers when Mendel Cohen, the local rabbi, was in the building with two other people. The synagogue was nearly empty because of coronavirus measures.

“Thank G-d, the security guard managed to disarm him,” Cohen said in a statement about the incident sent out by Christians for Israel. “I was in the synagogue at the time this was happening. I went inside and exited through the back door.”

Cohen thanked Christians for Israel, saying he would probably not be alive if it were not for the security they are providing.

Cohen, an emissary of the Chabad movement, has been providing aid from Mariupol to Jews living in the rebel-held territories held by separatists alongside the border with Russia.

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Republican senator from Georgia runs campaign ad showing Jewish challenger Jon Ossoff with elongated nose

JTA - Tue, 2020-07-28 13:55

(JTA) — Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, removed a campaign ad from Facebook that showed an image of his Jewish challenger, Jon Ossoff, with his nose apparently elongated.

Photos of Ossoff and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a fellow Democrat and also Jewish, appear under the heading in all capitals “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia! Help David Perdue Fight Back.”

This also appears to invoke the anti-Semitic canard that rich Jews can influence politics.

A spokeswoman for Perdue said in a statement Monday that the ad was an “unintentional error” by an unnamed vendor outside of the campaign and the image has been removed from Facebook. The ad ran for five days before it was deleted.

“Anybody who implies that this was anything other than an inadvertent error is intentionally misrepresenting Senator Perdue’s strong and consistent record of standing firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate,” the spokeswoman said.

Ossoff responded with a statement that he also posted on Facebook.

“Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue’s digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose. I’m Jewish. This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history. Senator, literally no one believes your excuses,” Ossoff said.

The Forward first reported that the image appeared manipulated, noting that it was taken from a 2017 Reuters photo. Graphic design experts told the Forward that the nose in the image was manipulated while the rest of the face remained the same. The Perdue campaign said the distortion occurred when the photo was resized and filtered.

Ossoff, who once interned for the late Rep. John Lewis, was endorsed by the late civil rights leader.

He lost a close 2017 race for the U.S. House of Representatives in suburban Atlanta.

Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue's digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose.

I'm Jewish.

This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history.

Senator, literally no one believes your excuses.https://t.co/PiA7P4O4M2

— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) July 28, 2020

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Sixth-century church found by Circassian village near Mount Tabor

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-07-28 13:30
Discovered during works ahead of building a playground, the church or monastery is likely to join the first ancient church found in Kafr Kama – and be built over

Israeli army reservists manning COVID-19 call center walk off after spike in calls

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-07-28 12:58
The surge in call volume from people mostly seeking to appeal quarantine orders was due to a change in Health Ministry policy, which soldiers complained was unclear and difficult to relay

Far-right Israeli extremists hunt for 'Antifa a-holes' at anti-Netanyahu protests

Haaretz - Tue, 2020-07-28 12:29
Members of extremist group of soccer fans left a pro-Netanyahu protest in Jerusalem last week and went on a night-time quest. Only the police were able to stop a lynch
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