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Israel appoints first female haredi Orthodox judge

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli judicial committee appointed the first female haredi Orthodox judge.

The Judicial Selection Committee on Thursday appointed Havi Toker to the Jeursalem Magistrate’s Court.

Toker, 41 and the mother of four, was appointed in Israel a year after 

Poland needs a ‘Polocaust’ museum to tell story of its non-Jewish Nazi victims, government minister says

(JTA) — A Polish government minister supported calls for a “Polocaust” museum to tell the story of non-Jewish Poles killed by the Nazis.

Deputy Culture Minister Jaroslaw Sellin offered his support on Tuesday for such a museum in an interview with state media amid already strained relations between Poland and Israel, and world Jewry, over its recently passed Holocaust law criminalizing claims that the Polish nation or state is responsible for Nazi crimes.

The Nazis murdered nearly 2 million Poles during World War II and about 3 million Polish Jews.

“I think that the story of the fate of…

Ruderman Foundation pulls video criticizing Poland’s Holocaust law

(JTA) – The Ruderman Family Foundation, an American Jewish philanthropic organization, has removed a video from YouTube that criticizes Poland’s new law on rhetoric about the Holocaust.

The video posted Wednesday morning was part of a campaign urging the United States to suspend its ties with Poland over the law that criminalizes blaming the Polish nation or state for Nazi crimes.

The video shows men, women and children saying “Polish Holocaust,” which is supposed to be in defiance of the law passed by Poland earlier this month. In one scene a man is seen standing in a bar holding…

US ambassador to Israel reportedly says evicting settlers ‘could lead to civil war’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Evicting hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers from the West Bank “could lead to civil war in Israel,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told American Jewish leaders.

His remarks were first tweeted and reported on Israel’s Channel 10 by journalist Barak Ravid, who said he received the remarks from three participants at the meeting.

Friedman spoke Monday night during an off-the-record briefing in Jerusalem for about 100 American Jewish leaders at a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations.

The U.S. Embassy and the Presidents Conference disputed the report.

“We have seen…

Israel extends sovereignty over West Bank universities

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Knesset approved legislation that would extend Israeli sovereignty over universities and colleges in the West Bank.

Under a bill approved Monday, the institutions will be placed under the auspices of Israel’s Council for Higher Education rather than be overseen by the parallel Judea and Samaria Council for Higher Education.

The legislation is known as the “Ariel bill” because it was aimed at supporting Ariel University in the northern West Bank.

Academics are concerned that the passage of the law will anger the European Union and endanger academic funding to Israeli institutions of higher learning.

The…