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Polish Jewish leaders, ruling party chief at odds over what they talked about in meeting

(JTA) — Leaders of Polish Jewry said they flagged what they termed rising intolerance in their country at a meeting with a ruling party politician, but the party chief denied the subject was broached.

Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich and Leslaw Piszewski, the president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, met Friday with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a founder of the Law and Justice party, to discuss various topics, including the “issue of growing intolerance towards various minorities, including the Jews,” Schudrich told JTA on Monday.

But in an interview with the PAP news agency, Kaczynski denied the issue ever came up.

“We talked…

Number of anti-Semitic hate crimes edged up last year, FBI reports

(JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the United States rose slightly in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to FBI statistics.

The data released Monday by the federal law enforcement agency show there were 684 anti-Semitic hate crime incidents last year, a 3 percent increase from the 664 recorded by the FBI in 2015.

Overall, there were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent percent from the previous year. In both years, anti-Semitic incidents accounted for just over half of religious hate crimes and about 11 percent of hate crimes of all types.

Over 300 rabbis urge Israel not to sell arms to Myanmar amid persecution of Rohingya Muslims

(JTA) — More than 300 American rabbis and cantors called on Israel to stop selling weapons to Myanmar amid violence there against the Rohingya people.

Israel has refused to stop selling arms to Myanmar, also known as Burma, despite calls from human rights activists to do so.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people, most of whom are Muslims, have been pouring into Bangladesh in recent months amid increased persecution in neighboring Myanmar. Refugees and human rights groups say they are being ethnically cleansed by the army in the majority-Buddhist country.

The 302 rabbis and cantors invoked the Holocaust and the…

Pence’s Middle East Christians tour to include Israel stop

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence will include Israel on a tour of the Middle East to check on the status of the region’s Christians.

“This president, you can know with confidence that America condemns persecution of any faith in any place at any time, and we will stand against it with all of the might of this great nation,” Pence said Wednesday in Washington, D.C., at a conference of In Defense of Christians, a group that advocates for the protection of Christians in the Middle East.

“In fact, President Trump has directed me to go…

Why Orthodox Jews are flocking to this gritty English town

GATESHEAD, England (JTA) — It’s lunchtime, and as they wait for their sandwiches at a kosher deli, five young haredi Orthodox men have a lively discussion in Yiddish about Jewish texts.

Such a scene may be mundane in Jerusalem or New York, or even Antwerp or London. But it’s not a sight that many outside Britain would associate with Gateshead, a gritty miners’ town in northern England — a region that has seen its once large Jewish communities decline dramatically in recent decades.

Yet due to a unique set of circumstances Gateshead, which sits directly across the River Tyne from…