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2018

19

Jan

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Hate crimes rise in 9 major US cities in 2017, preliminary data show

The number of hate crimes in major U.S. cities rose for the third consecutive year last year, driven by attacks on Jews, Muslims, blacks and LGBT people, preliminary police data exclusively provided to VOA show. At least 1,056 hate crimes were committed in nine of nation’s largest cities in 2017, an increase of 18 percent […]

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Country: United States
Source: Voice of America

19

Jan

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Germany’s bureaucratic answer to rising anti-Semitism: appointing an anti-Semitism commissioner

Germany is creating a new position, as part of new legislation, to combat discrimination against the Jewish community. On Thursday (Jan. 18), Germany’s lower house of parliament (Bundestag) voted to create (link in German) the role of anti-semitism commissioner. The commissioner is tasked with being a point of contact for Jewish groups, acting as a middleman for […]

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Country: Germany
Source: QUARTZ

17

Jan

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German given 3½ year sentence for throwing bottles at G20

A man has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for throwing a bottle at police officers during the riots that accompanied last year’s Group of 20 summit in Hamburg — the highest sentence yet over the disturbances. German news agency dpa reported Tuesday that the Hamburg district court convicted the 28-year-old German, whose name […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Washington Post

15

Jan

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Case dismissed against French troops accused of child rape in Central Africa

French investigating magistrates have closed a probe into allegations that French soldiers raped children in the Central African Republic while on a peacekeeping mission, judicial sources told AFP on Monday. The magistrates said there was no evidence that members of Operation Sangaris, deployed to keep warring militias apart, had abused children at a camp for […]

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Country: France
Source: Times Live

12

Jan

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Israel demands compensation from family of Palestinian crushed to death under army jeep

The Israeli army filed a lawsuit against the family, and the entire town, of a Palestinian who was crushed to death under a military jeep which flipped over him, after the army invaded Kafr Malek village, east of Ramallah, in central West Bank, in mid-June 2014. The military is demanding the family of Abdullah Ghanayem (Ghneimat), and […]

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Country: Israel
Source: International Middle East Media Center

09

Jan

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Outrage after French mayor scraps pork-free school meals

A far right local authority in southern France on Monday scrapped pork-free school meals, a move branded “anti-Muslim” or “anti-Jewish” by an equality minister. Julien Sanchez, the National Front mayor of Beaucaire, a town south of Avignon, abolished the scheme, brought in by his predecessor, on the first day of the new school term. The […]

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Country: France
Source: Yahoo News

2017

26

Dec

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Germany plans to start deporting underage migrants to Morocco

The German government started constructing two youth centers in northern Morocco to house local “street children” as well as unaccompanied Moroccan minors who have been deported by Germany, according to a report from the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday. The pilot project creates a legal pathway for Germany to start deporting youths without needing to necessarily […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Deutsche Welle

21

Dec

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Well-to-do Frankfurt fines homeless people for sleeping rough

In the shadows of Frankfurt’s skyscrapers, a growing number of destitute people sleeping on the streets has prompted the German banking capital to come up with a novel solution: fine them on the spot. The move was confirmed on the same day that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for better support for the nation’s homeless, Deutsche […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Week

16

Dec

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Israel Defense Minister Liberman threatened Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with ‘murder’

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Friday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wouldn’t be alive if not for security cooperation between Israel and the PA. “The security coordination between Israel and the Palestinians is in [Abbas’s] interest no less than ours, if not more. He is still alive thanks to the security coordination,” Liberman was […]

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Country: Israel
Source: Times of Israel , Al Jazeera

13

Dec

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260 Palestinians detained since US Jerusalem move

Israeli forces have detained 260 Palestinians since U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week, according to a Palestinian NGO. “The Israeli army has rounded up 260 Palestinians since Trump’s declaration,” the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement on Wednesday. A total of 60 Palestinians have been arrested in overnight […]

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Country: Israel
Source: Anadolu Agency