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SLA woman to be Jewish
THE daughter of a former Christian Lebanese ally of Israel is converting to Judaism. Leilan Hadad, 30, whose father, Saad, founded the now defunct South Lebanese Army, has begun conversion classes in Haifa, according to an interview with her mother in Yediot Achronot. “Leilan decided that she wants to convert,” said Therese Hadad. “I’m happy for her that she has taken the course she has chosen.”
A HOLOCAUST memorial in Ukraine has been vandalised two days before it was due to be unveiled. A swastika and the words “SS” were painted on the monument in Donetsk, according to the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union. The memorial marks the border of the Jewish ghetto set up by the Nazis before they sent most of local Jews to their deaths. A dedication ceremony for the memorial went ahead despite the vandalism.