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Holocaust researchers use AI to search for unnamed victims

Jerusalem Reuters Researchers in Israel are turning to artificial intelligence to comb through piles of records to try to identify hundreds of thousands of Jewish people killed in the Holocaust whose names are missing from official memorials. More than six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the World War II, a genocide commemorated […]

A $US400 million boost in federal funds for security at US places of worship

New York City, US AP A $US400 million increase in federal funding is available for security in US places of worship, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on the weekend. The boost in money comes as concerns rise over threats against Jewish and Muslim communities, fuelled in part by the Israel-Hamas war.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck […]

US House Speaker Johnson heckled and booed at Columbia, centre of Gaza protests

New York/Los Angeles Reuters Columbia University students heckled House Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday as he visited the flashpoint of nationwide student demonstrations over the Israeli war in Gaza, even as the New York school agreed to 48 more hours of negotiations to end a protest encampment. Johnson’s visit, which he said was meant to […]

Pro-Palestinian encampments spring up on more US college campuses

New York, US Reuters Pro-Palestinian students have set up tent encampments at more campuses across the US to protest Israel’s incursion into Gaza, after mass arrests at similar demonstrations at a handful of mostly East Coast colleges in recent days. The expanding protests include plans by a coalition of Jewish groups opposing Israel’s actions to […]

London police to meet with Jewish leaders as protests spark concerns about the safety of Jews

London, UK AP London’s police commissioner will meet with senior members of the Jewish community on Monday after the force bungled its apology for suggesting an “openly Jewish” man’s presence along the route of a pro-Palestinian march risked provoking the demonstrators. Amid calls for his resignation, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley is also expected to […]

US antisemitic incidents hit record high in 2023 amid war in Gaza, report says

Reuters The number of antisemitic incidents of assault, vandalism and harassment in the US hit a record high in 2023 as anti-Jewish sentiment spiked after the start of the Israel-Hamas war, according to a report released this week. The Jewish advocacy group Anti-Defamation League (ADL) tallied 8,873 antisemitic incidents in 2023, a 140 per cent […]

Gallup poll: More than half of Americans rarely go to church

United States RNS The most popular church in America might be St Mattress, followed by Bedside Baptist.  Those two – euphemisms for sleeping in on Sundays – increasingly describe the attitude of many Americans toward attending churches or other houses of worship. Mark Galli kneels in prayer before Mass at St Michael Catholic Church, on […]

UK unveils new extremism definition amid rise in hate crimes against Jews, Muslims

London, UK Reuters Britain unveiled a new definition of extremism on Thursday in response to an eruption of hate crimes against Jews and Muslims since the 7th October Hamas attacks on Israel, although critics said the change risked infringing on freedom of speech. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned that Britain’s multi-ethnic democracy […]