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In Alabama’s Senate race, Jews have become an issue. It’s not a first for the South.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jews have come up multiple times in the Senate election roiling Alabama, a state with few of them.

Some mentions have been friendly and some, well, less so.

Among the friendly: The enthusiastic reception for President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at a rally last week in Pensacola, Florida, that was essentially a campaign event for Roy Moore, the Republican candidate.

“Now I don’t know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem — where the King of Kings, where our soon coming King is coming back to Jerusalem, it is…

Los Angeles synagogue targeted with anti-Semitic vandalism

(JTA) — A Los Angeles synagogue was targeted with a spray-painted swastika and gang symbols.

Temple Aliyah in the Woodland Hills neighborhood was vandalized Monday. The Los Angeles Police Department told the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles that it considers the attack a hate crime.

The police have no suspects; footage from the synagogue’s security camera did not show the vandalism.

The graffiti, with the swastika drawn backwards, was painted at the entrance to the Conservative synagogue. Male genitalia was drawn on the sign bearing the synagogue’s name.

“Even though it is a minor vandalism, it is considered a…

After second incident, Swedish anti-Semitism watchdog warns of wave of attacks

(JTA) — In the aftermath of a second anti-Semitic attack this week in southern Sweden, the spokesman for a local watchdog group said the Jewish community must be vigilant but will not go underground.

Willy Silberstein, spokesman for the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism, spoke to JTA on Monday hours after an incident in Malmo in which police said they discovered traces of a flammable fluid near a Jewish cemetery that they suspect had been targeted by arsonists.

“There is a wave of anti-Semitic attacks right now, and I suspect this won’t be the last incident,” Silberstein said.

A spokesman…

Anti-Semitism in France has deep roots and new masks, French PM says

PARIS (JTA) — Amid attacks in Europe on Jews following the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe condemned anti-Semitism “that always tries to justify itself with new pretext,” and which he said has deep roots in France.

Philippe’s remarks, which were unusual for his acknowledgment of the phenomenon’s depth in his country, came Sunday during a speech before approximately 700 participants of the 8th annual conference of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities.

“In our country, anti-Semitism is alive. It is not new, it is ancient. It is not superficial, it is…

Three arrested in firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue

(JTA) — Three people were arrested in connection with a firebomb attack on a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden.

The arrests were made early Sunday morning, hours after more than a dozen men hurled firebombs at the synagogue and locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

No one was injured in the Saturday night attack, which occurred while the synagogue was hosting a youth group program.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority announced the arrests, but no information was provided about the identities or motives of the people taken in.

On Saturday, protestors…