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While European nations are see a huge rise in anti-Semitism, Israel is finding a friendlier  reception in the Arab world. The United Arab Emirates is considering allowing Israelis to visit the Gulf nation as part of the World Expo, an international event that will be hosted in Dubai, according to an Israeli media report. 

While the exception would be made for the event itself, the gesture has the potential to lead to a long-term exception for Israeli tourists, according to the news report. 

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Hate crimes against Jews in Sweden rose to a national high, jumping a chilling 53 percent higher than in 2016, the last time the government issued the same crime report.

The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, which began collecting date in 2006, reported 280 anti-Semitic hate crimes in 2018 compared to 182 in 2016.

Overall, the number of hate crimes rose by 69 percent, but anti-Semitic motives represented the largest increase from 2016. Anti-Semitic attacks accounted for 4 percent of all hate crimes, while the Jewish population of 20,000 comprises merely 0.2 percent of the nation’s population.

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A Colorado man — known to be white supremacist and neo-Nazi — has been arrested for plotting to blow up a local synagogue.

Richard Holzer was taken into custody by the FBI before he committed what the law enforcement agency believes was going to be a major hate crime at Temple Emmanuel in Pueblo, Colo. where he lives. According to the FBI, Holzer indicated he would use arsenic and pipe bombs in an attack on the synagogue.

The FBI said Holzer made several anti-Semitic statements and expressed hatred of Jews, referring to the synagogue as a “cancer” to the community. 

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Days after a barrage of rockets was launched on Israel, Hamas’s leader in Gaza threatened that the terror group would fire “six full months” worth of rockets if Israel does not lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

“We have hundreds of kilometers of tunnels, hundreds of control rooms above and below the ground, thousands of anti-tank missiles and thousands of mortar shells,” Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar said on Monday. “We can turn the enemy cities into ghost towns if they decide to attack us. The whole world must know that in Gaza there are about 70,000 armed young men from all the Palestinian factions, and we have young people who believe in the Palestinian cause and [will] achieve the purpose of the people.”

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With anti-Semitic incidents on the rise across Europe, it was a historic and hopeful moment when Belgium appointed it first prime minister who is both Jewish and a female.

Though she never focused on her Jewish roots during her career, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes lost several relatives on her mother’s side during the Holocaust and has made it a point to attend Holocaust commemoration events. 

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