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Blaze Bernstein’s alleged killer belonged to extremist neo-Nazi group

Samuel Woodward, left, has been charged in the Blaze Bernstein murder case. (Screenshot from ABC News)

(JTA) — The 20-year-old former classmate of Jewish college student Blaze Bernstein, charged in his murder, belonged to an extremist neo-Nazi group.

Samuel Woodward is an “avowed Nazi” and a member of Atomwaffen Division, an extremist neo-Nazi group, the ProPublica news website reported.

Woodward was charged with murder in a complaint filed earlier this month in Orange County Superior Court. He is being held in the county jail in lieu of a $2 million bail. The…

Polish Jews split on bill to outlaw ‘Polish death camp’ term


Leaders of Polish Jewry offered diverging reactions to the controversial bill passed Friday in the country’s parliament, which aims to criminalize the term “Polish death camps” and claims of complicity by Poland in Nazi crimes.

Artur Hoffman, the president of the TSKZ cultural organizations of Polish Jews said he strongly supported the bill whereas Rabbi Eliezer Gur-Ari of the Chabad movement in Poland said he opposed it, the Israeli daily Makor Rishon reported Sunday.

“Israel and Jews all over the world need to help Poland fight this combination of words,” Hoffman said, referencing the term “Polish death camps”…

Super Bowl tourists will see a Holocaust photo exhibit at the Minneapolis airport

A view of the “Transfer of Memory” exhibit at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. (David Sherman Photography)

By Ben Sales January 26, 2018

(JTA) — If you’re going to Minneapolis to see the Super Bowl, you’ll also be viewing photos of Holocaust survivors at the airport.

That’s the idea behind “Transfer of Memory,” a traveling exhibit of photos of Holocaust survivors, mostly from the Twin Cities, that is being shown at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. The exhibit has been on tour since 2012, but the organizers placed it in the airport’s two terminals starting last month so…

Israeli hospital gets grant to help Syrian refugee kids with hearing loss

A Syrian injured during fighting in Syria’s civil war is rushed into Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel, in 2015. (Photo via Ziv Medical Center)

(JTA) — An Israeli philanthropist has made a six-figure grant to a hospital in northern Israel to fund treatment for Syrian children who have suffered hearing loss as a result of their country’s civil war.

Morris Kahn’s pilot grant to Ziv Medical Center in Safed is part of the Genesis Prize Foundation’s global initiative to aid refugee causes and encourage other Jewish foundations and philanthropists to do the same.…

Al Jazeera planted undercover reporter in US pro-Israel groups

Workers at the Al Jazeera offices in Jerusalem, June 13, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(JTA) — An Al Jazeera editor acknowledged planting an undercover reporter inside pro-Israel organizations last year in Washington, D.C.

Clayton Swisher, the Qatar-owned news network’s head of investigative reporting, made the revelation Monday in an interview on Al Jazeera’s main Arabic channel. He said a documentary will be aired based on the reporter’s work.

Earlier in the day, the United Kingdom official media watchdog rejected complaints against an earlier Al Jazeera documentary that exposed an Israeli Embassy official attempting to influence…