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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…

Police recommendation to indict Netanyahu an ‘internal Israeli matter,’ US says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Police recommendation to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an “internal Israeli matter,” the U.S. State Department said.

“The United States has a very strong relationship not only with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but also the Israeli Government,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a media briefing on Tuesday. “We’re certainly aware of it, but we consider it to be an internal Israeli matter.”

The news conference came hours after the police recommended to Israeli prosecutors that Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two alleged corruption cases. Netanyahu professed…

17 Jewish groups call on White House to fire adviser Stephen Miller

(JTA) – Seventeen Jewish groups, including the left-leaning J Street, called on the White House to dismiss Stephen Miller as senior policy adviser.

The organizations, including American Jewish World Service, Americans for Peace Now and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, issued the call in an open letter they sent Thursday to the White House chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly.

The co-authors wrote that Miller, who favors an immigration reform he said would benefit applicants who would assimilate more easily into American society than others, has “extreme viewpoints and advocacy of racist policies.”

“As Jews, we are in…

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…

Polish president signs bill on Holocaust rhetoric, drawing rebuke from US

(JTA) – Polish President Andrzej Duda signed and finalized a law limiting rhetoric about the Holocaust, leading to a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The United States is “disappointed,” Tillerson said Tuesday, following Duda’s final approval of a law introduced on Jan. 26 in the Polish parliament. It prescribes up to six years in prison to anyone who blames the Polish state or nation for crimes the law says were perpetrated exclusively by Nazi Germany during World War II.

The “enactment of this law adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry,” Reuters reported  Tillerson as…