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Twitter To Remove Anti-Semitic French Messages

10/21/2012

 Twitter has reportedly agreed to remove French-language anti-Semitic messages from its website and to block access to an account linked to German neo-Nazis.

Stephane Lilti, an attorney for the Union of French Jewish Students said that Twitter has agreed to remove tweets that her group has flagged as anti-Semitic, according to the French newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur.

Twitter Rapped For Abetting Hate Speech After 'Good Jew' Meme

10/16/2012

UPDATED 10/22

Twitter has been engulfed in a wave of French anti-Semitic posts using the hashtag #unbonjuif, meaning “a good Jew” in French.

The tweets were condemned by French anti-racist and Jewish organizations on Monday.

In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said the social networking service, founded in 206 with an estimated 500 million current users,“lags far behind other established social media platforms” in tackling hate speech and banning those who use it. 

Moshe Dayan's Gravesite Vandalized On Anniversary Of His Death

10/16/2012

 

The grave of Moshe Dayan was vandalized on the anniversary of the former Israeli defense minister's death.

Graffiti reading "The minister of failure, on behalf of the fallen" was painted in red on Dayan's gravestone early Tuesday morning, 31 years since the date of his death.

A memorial service was held at the site in the military section of Nahalal cemetery in northern Israel on Oct. 14.

AJC Poll Shows Obama At 65 Percent Of Jewish Vote

09/27/2012

In results that are not terriby surprising, American Jews surveyed by the American Jewish Committee said they favored President Barack Obama over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by a margin of 65 percent to 24 percent.

Ten percent of voters are still undecided, but when asked how they were leaning the undecided voters broke down 63 percent for Obama, the Democrat and 27 percent for Romney, the Republican nominee.

UPDATE: Jonathan Pollard To Be Released From Prison

White House says announcement not timed to assuage Israel on Iran deal; rather 30-years is enough.

07/28/2015
Staff Writer

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will be released from prison Nov. 21 after completing a 30-year prison term, The Jewish Week has learned.

Israeli protesters call for the release of Jonathan Pollard in 2014. Getty Images

Nuclear Deal Reached With Iran

04/02/2015

A framework for a nuclear deal with Iran has been reached, but significant hurdles remain.
At a White House news conference on Thursday, President Obama said the United States and the five other world powers negotiating with Switzerland had reached a “historic understanding with Iran” on a deal that, if fully implemented, would prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The deadline for a comprehensive agreement is June 30.

Conservative Rabbis Break Ranks, Rip Bibi On Arab Comments

RA becomes first major Jewish group to criticize Likud leader's election day rhetoric; Netanyahu defends statements on MSNBC.

03/19/2015
Staff Writer

In a sharply worded statement today, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly “condemned” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for making divisive comments Tuesday when he urged Israelis in a video message to get out and vote because “Arab voters are going en masse to the polls” and thus threatening the country’s “rightwing government.”

The Rabbinical Assembly thus became the first major Jewish organization to strongly criticize Netanyahu for what many have termed racist comments.

Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, wave to supporters as exit polls come in on March 17. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Rapfogel’s Fraud Partners Get Probation, Not Prison

Insurance brokers involved in $9 million Met Council kickback scam lose their licenses, but avoid jail.

02/13/2015

Two of the insurance brokers involved in a $9 million kickback scheme at the nonprofit Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty were sentenced today, Feb. 13, to five years probation and each was ordered to pay $1.5 million they admitting stealing from Met Council.

The two men, who were also ordered to surrender their broker’s licenses, were Solomon Ross and William Lieber. They have each already paid back $1 million, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

ADL Names White House Aide To Succeed Abe Foxman

Anti-Defamation League chooses Jonathan Greenblatt, a special assistant to President Obama, for its top post.

11/06/2014

The Anti-Defamation League’s new national director will be Jonathan Greenblatt, who currently works as a special assistant to President Obama.

Greenblatt will succeed Abraham Foxman, who announced in February that he’ll be stepping down effective July 2015. Foxman, 74, has been ADL national director since 1987.

Jonathan Greenblatt at the ADL Annual Meeting, where his appointment was announced. Courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League

Met Council Probe Not Over Yet, AG Says

Eric Schneiderman says his office is pursuing a few ‘other angles’ provided by Rapfogel.

10/24/2014
Managing Editor

The scandal involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which provided a stunning example of charities fraud and toppled one of the Jewish communal world’s most respected figures, might not be over, The Jewish Week has learned.

Although the probe isn't over, Eric Schneiderman, above, stressed that Met Council has righted the ship. Getty Images
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