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British Labour Party leader resigns after supporting council candidate accused of Holocaust denial

(JTA) — A British Labour Party leader has resigned after she called for the reinstatement of a City Council candidate accused of Holocaust denial.

Christine Shawcroft, the chairwoman of the party’s disputes panel, said in a statement announcing her resignation that she was “wrong and misguided” when she sent an email calling for Peterborough City Council candidate Alan Bull to be reinstated. Bull had been suspended from the party last week. Peterborough, a city of nearly 200,000, is located in eastern England about 75 miles from London.

Bull posted an article on Facebook that called the Holocaust a “hoax”…

Former JTA president tapped for US Treasury post

NEW YORK (JTA) — David Eisner, the immediate past president of JTA and its parent organization, 70 Faces Media, has been tapped to serve as assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for management.

In his new post, Eisner will be overseeing operations at the department.

In addition to serving at 70 Faces Media, Eisner is the past president of the Jewish Education Project and the current president of Ohr Torah Institutions of Israel, the educational network founded by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. He is also involved with several pro-Israel causes, including the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

“We welcome…

Dutch aid group for Syrians accused of discriminating against job seeker with Jewish ties

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A job seeker said she was advised to hide her ties to the Jewish community during an interview with a Dutch state-funded group trying to help Syrian immigrants integrate.

Laura Vrijsen, who is not Jewish, wrote earlier this month in the Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad weekly about her 2017 interview for Association Again at Home Rotterdam, prompting an outpouring of condemnations by politicians who accused the organization of discrimination. The association denied the allegations.

According to Vrijsen, the two women who interviewed her for a social worker’s position asked indirectly whether she was Jewish upon noticing that…

Circumcision ban will prevent Jewish community life in Iceland, Scandinavian Jews warn

(JTA) — The leaders of the Jewish communities of four Nordic countries said that a bill proposing to ban nonmedical circumcision in Iceland “will guarantee” that no Jewish community is established there.

The presidents of the umbrella groups of Jewish communities in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland issued the unusual warning Tuesday in an open letter to all Icelandic lawmakers in reaction to the submission last month of a bill proposing to ban all nonmedical circumcision of boys younger than 18 in Iceland, a Scandinavian island nation of some 300,000 people with a few hundred Jews and Muslims.

Lawmakers from…

Chuck Schumer: Orthodox Jews should do more to call out Trump for failing to condemn neo-Nazis

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An otherwise congenial meeting between Jewish organizational officials and Democratic senators included a moment when Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said Orthodox Jews should do more to call out President Donald Trump for failing to confront hate in the United States.

Schumer, D-N.Y., described what he depicted as a tepid reaction to Trump’s equivocation following the neo-Nazi and white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

Members of the Orthodox group present at the meeting on Wednesday, the Orthodox Union, responded by saying that it and other groups had expressed concerns about Trump’s…