UK Labour Party announces new review process for antisemitism complaints, and end of ‘a dark chapter’ for Jews

(JTA) — Labour members attending the British party’s annual conference passed a rule on how they will handle antisemitism complaints, leading the party’s leader to declare that they had “closed the door this evening to antisemitism in the Labour Party.” “We’ve turned our back on the dark chapter. Having closed that door, that door will […]

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A German police officer allegedly sent fan mail to the gunman who attacked a synagogue on Yom Kippur

(JTA) – A female police officer allegedly wrote fawning letters to the imprisoned gunman who attempted to attack a synagogue in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur in 2019. The unnamed officer, a police commissioner in the Dessau-Roßlau district, has been suspended pending a further investigation, according to the German news agency DPA. The gunman, Stephan […]

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‘A steadfast ally’: Angela Merkel’s departure from politics is a sad moment for many German Jews

(JTA) — After a German court criminalized the nonmedical circumcision of boys in 2012, Angela Merkel did something very out of character for the “rule-of-law chancellor,” as she has been nicknamed. Merkel said the ruling, which was brought against a person who circumcised a Muslim child, put Germany at risk of becoming a “laughingstock.” Her […]

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Rings of Relativity

In this image, the narrow galaxy gracefully curling around its spherical companion is an incredible illustration of a genuinely odd and extremely rare event. Credit:ESA/Hubble & NASA, S. Jha / L. Shatz An image ESA/Hubble published in 2020, showed the largest and one of the most complete Einstein rings ever discovered, dubbed the “Molten Ring” […]

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