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Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

Nov. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival announced Wednesday that he had failed to form a new government, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year. The announcement by Benny...

Hungary signs special agreement with Orthodox Jewish group

Nov. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government has signed a special agreement with an Orthodox Jewish group, granting them a status in the country enjoyed only by a small number of churches. The accord, for example, provides the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation’s institutions, such as...

Suspect in Colorado synagogue plot will remain in jail

Nov. 8, 2019 3:16 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A man arrested on suspicion of plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue waived his right to have the evidence against him aired in court Friday and will remain behind bars for now. Richard Holzer, 27, wore a yellow jail jumpsuit with his arms and legs shackled during a brief court...

France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

Nov. 8, 2019 1:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cum-holy site in the city's volatile eastern half. After several aborted attempts, the French Consulate...

Colorado synagogue to add surveillance cameras after arrest

Nov. 5, 2019 5:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The synagogue that was the target of an alleged bombing plot plans to add surveillance cameras to enhance security that was already tightened in response to the deadly Pittsburgh synagogue attack last year. The cameras will help keep watch on activity outside the synagogue in Pueblo and will...

FBI: Man who spoke of hating Jews held in temple bomb plot

Nov. 4, 2019 8:38 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A man who repeatedly espoused anti-Semitic views has been arrested in a plot to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue, federal officials said Monday. The co-conspirators in the plot turned out to be undercover agents, who arrested the man shortly before he planned to bomb the synagogue early...

The Latest: Synagogue suspect monitored by ADL since 2016

Nov. 4, 2019 6:09 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a man charged with plotting to bomb a Colorado synagogue (all times local): 4:05 p.m. The regional head of the Anti-Defamation League says it had been monitoring the online activity of a man accused of plotting to bomb a Colorado synagogue for a couple of years. The ADL's...

Germany ups fight against anti-Semitism, far-right extremism

Oct. 30, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet passed new measures Wednesday aimed at helping fight far-right extremism and anti-Semitism following an attack on a synagogue earlier this month. The proposals include tightening gun laws, stepping up prosecution of online hate, and boosting financial...

French president inaugurates Jewish center in Paris

Oct. 29, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has given a speech inaugurating the European Judaism Center in Paris. The 5,000-square-meter (53,820-square-foot) space that was opened Tuesday is a place of exchange and boasts a synagogue with 600 seats and an exhibition center. Macron said "this center is an...

Israeli PM hopeful Gantz vows mixed Western Wall prayer area

Oct. 29, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The man who is trying to become Israel's next prime minister says he would implement a long-stalled plan for an egalitarian section at a key Jewish prayer site in Jerusalem if he takes power. Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz told a gathering of overseas Jewish leaders Tuesday that...