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In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 photo the so-called “Judensau,” or “Jew pig,” sculpture is displayed on the facade of the Stadtkirche (Town Church) in Wittenberg, Germany. A court in eastern Germany will consider next week a Jewish man’s bid to force the removal of an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism from a church where Martin Luther once preached. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Germany: Ugly anti-Semitic remnant at center of court battle

Jan. 17, 2020 7:02 AM EST

WITTENBERG, Germany (AP) — High on the wall of a German church where Martin Luther once preached, an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism is now at the center of a court battle. The so-called “Judensau,” or “Jew pig,” sculpture on the Town Church in Wittenberg dates back...

Man charged in Hanukkah attack pleads not guilty

Jan. 16, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The man charged in an attack at a suburban New York Hanukkah celebration that left five people wounded, one critically, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Thursday. Grafton Thomas appeared in Rockland County Court. On Monday, he also pleaded not guilty to...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, visit an Israeli army base in the Golan Heights, on the Israeli-Syrian border. Bennett is ordering plans for new settler housing in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. In a letter sent by his office to defense officials Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, Israel’s new pro-settler defense minister called for “planning processes to be advanced” for new Jewish settler housing. (Atef Safadi/Pool via AP, File)

Right-wing parties in Israel unite, rejecting fringe list

Jan. 16, 2020 2:59 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious-nationalist parties in Israel joined forces late Wednesday ahead of the country's unprecedented third straight election in one year. The parties came together after weeks of jockeying and shut out the fringe Jewish Power party which said it would run independently. It did so in...

Pistol permit applications rise in NY community after attack

Jan. 11, 2020 9:41 AM EST

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — The number of residents seeking to own handguns has risen sharply in a New York community shaken last month by a machete attack that injured five men during a Hanukkah celebration. The Journal News reports 73 pistol permit applications have been filed with the Rockland County Clerk's...

Jewish neighborhoods in NYC to get 100 new security cameras

Jan. 10, 2020 4:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will install 100 new security cameras in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in an effort to prevent anti-Semitic attacks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. Fear has gripped the city's Orthodox Jewish community since the the fatal Dec. 10 attack at a kosher grocery store...

People visit Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, re-opened three years after the Egyptian government started the renovations of the synagogue originally built in 1354. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)

Egyptian restores historic synagogue, but few Jews remain

Jan. 10, 2020 2:48 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt reopened a historic synagogue on Friday in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria after a yearslong government renovation. But only a handful of Jews remain from Egypt's once-thriving community, most of them elderly. The country's Jews largely left more than 60 years...

Grafton Thomas is led from Ramapo Town Hall in Ramapo, N.Y. following his arraignment Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Thomas was charged in the stabbings of multiple people as they gathered to celebrate Hanukkah at a rabbi's home in Monsey, an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City.  (Seth Harrison/The Journal News via AP)

Hanukkah stabbing suspect indicted on federal hate crimes

Jan. 9, 2020 5:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury handed up hate crime charges Thursday against the man accused of stabbing five people with a machete during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City. The indictment charges Grafton Thomas with five counts each of attempting to kill victims based on their religion...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. Leifer is wanted in Australia for 74 charges of sexual assault and the country's request for her extradition has been delayed for years. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Panel: Alleged pedophile wanted by Australia fit for trial

Jan. 9, 2020 11:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli psychiatric panel has determined that a woman facing dozens of sex-abuse charges in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradition, the Justice Ministry confirmed Thursday. The decision is a major breakthrough in a years-old case that has strained relations between Israel and...

In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 photo, Jewish Orthodox women attend an event celebrating the completion of the 7 1/2-year cycle of daily study of the Talmud, in Jerusalem. This week, Jews around the world celebrated the end of the cycle of study of the Talmud, with assemblies from Jerusalem to London to New York. Most of the celebrations were overwhelmingly male affairs. But in Jerusalem, over 3,000 people joined an event that was overwhelmingly female to recognize the dozens of women who completed the lengthy study process. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Orthodox women seek bigger role as Jews end Talmud cycle

Jan. 7, 2020 10:25 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Orthodox Jews worldwide conclude a grueling marathon of daily Talmud study, a growing number of Israeli women have joined the effort, spotlighting collapsing gender barriers in the male-dominated community. Over the past week, Jews around the world have celebrated the end of a 7...

Orthodox Jewish people gather on a street in Monsey, N.Y., on early Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, following a nearby stabbing late Saturday at a Hanukkah celebration. A knife-wielding man stormed into a rabbi's home and stabbed five people in the Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City. (AP Photo/Allyse Pulliam)

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Jan. 4, 2020 1:02 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes New Year’s celebrations in Germany and China; Orthodox Jews standing...