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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 28, 2017

Why this poster of a Jewish man and a Muslim woman kissing caused a scandal in Europe

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-In a country where sex toys are displayed in shop windows and television commercials often feature nudity, a picture of a clothed, heterosexual couple kissing may not seem like the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 14, 2017

In Holland, the Nazis built a luxury camp to lull the Jews before murdering them

WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA)-Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europe's largest Nazi concentration camps. In the...

 

Israeli conversion bill delayed 6 months 

(JTA)-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelved a controversial bill that would have made the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate the only body authorized by the government to perform...

 

This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Livraria Ets Haim is the world's oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 30, 2017

British Jewry feels left behind amid the election turmoil

(JTA)-Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 23, 2017

A French Jew's killing provides a test for the new Macron administration

(JTA)-Before he threw Sarah Halimi to her death from a window of her third-story apartment in Paris, 27-year-old Kobili Traore called his Jewish neighbor "Satan" and cried out for Allah. These and...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 9, 2017

A government campaign against George Soros splits Hungarian Jews

(JTA)-On a recent Sunday, eight far-right activists filmed themselves on what they called a "raid" on the Aurora Jewish community center in Budapest. Sporting crewcuts and black clothes, the men affix...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 2, 2017

Manchester Jews prepared for attack

(JTA)-Britain's bloodiest terrorist attack in over a decade occurred Monday just two miles from Rabbi Yisroel Cohen's synagogue. Yet one day after the deadly bombing in Manchester, Cohen told JTA he h...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 2, 2017

In Europe, Israel went from darling to divisive in 50 years

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Shortly after the outbreak of the Six-Day War in 1967, Ronny Naftaniel was soliciting donations on the street and putting a lot of money into a box emblazoned with the words "for...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 19, 2017

President-elect Macron and his French Jewish supporters may be on a collision course

PARIS (JTA)-French Jews may have voted en masse for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of France's presidential elections, but that doesn't make him their dream president. Like many other supporters...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    May 5, 2017

Who is Anne Frank? The answers kindle a debate in her native Holland

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Decades after her death at a Nazi concentration camp, Anne Frank’s restless spirit in heaven finally finds a soulmate in Zef Bunga, an Albanian teenager who was murdered in a revenge killing. Anne, whose world-famous diary...

 

Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art, is trending in Paris

PARIS (JTA)-In a dark alley in a poor suburb of this city, five men with violence on their minds closed in fast on 17-year-old Netanel Azoulay and his older brother, Yaakov. "Dirty Jews, you're going...

 

Anne Frank's final days, as told by her former classmate

(JTA)—Looking through the barbed wire of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 14-year-old Nanette Konig could barely recognize her friend and classmate from Amsterdam, Anne Frank. Both girls had been caught by the Nazis in the Dutch capital and w...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 14, 2017

Toppled graves near Paris inspire conspiracy theories among Jews

(JTA)-Five days after a municipal truck plowed through a Jewish cemetery near Paris in what authorities said was a freak accident, Isabelle Zenou arrived at the scene of the incident with a...

 

In France's elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews

(JTA)-With old favorites knocked out of France's presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the...

 

Refugee ban puts Jewish asylum seekers in limbo

(JTA)—A year after they submitted their application for asylum in the United States, Shahi and his mother expected to be let in. As Iranian Jews who applied for asylum through a federally recognized agency for refugee status, their case was expecte...

 

At Auschwitz, a Jewish journalist confronts his anti-Polish bias

OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA)—I did a shameful thing on my first visit 20 years ago to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In a guestbook outside an Auschwitz museum exhibit featuring information on 70,000 Polish non-Jews who were murdered...

 

Britain again breaks rank with Europe-this time over Israel

(JTA)-Two days after delegates from more than 70 nations attended the Paris summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was wrong to label...

 

Is Europe's jihadist problem generating empathy toward Israel?

(JTA)-Is terrorism softening European attitudes toward Israel? When a Palestinian terrorist used a car to ram and kill an Israeli soldier in eastern Jerusalem in 2014, the European Union urged...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 6, 2017

Hasidic female judge sworn in to 'God Bless America'

(JTA)-Rachel Freier of Brooklyn officially became the first Hasidic woman to be sworn in as a judge in the State of New York. Freier, a mother of six and former lawyer who practiced commercial and...

 

Chanukah sufganiyot-a treat in the Netherlands

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Though they are considered a caloric hazard in Israel, sufganiyot are a rare Chanukah treat for many Jews in Europe. When the holiday arrives, some Jewish communities in Russia,...

 

In Holland, a Jewish journalist belatedly honored for unmasking a 'monster'

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Forty years after his reporting exposed one of the worst war criminals in Dutch history, Hans Knoop is still celebrated in his native Netherlands as a hero. On Nov. 23, more than a mil...

 

My father and me, and Leonard Cohen

(JTA)-Using his M-16 assault rifle as a pillow, my father awoke abruptly from a dreamless sleep by the pleading voice of a young woman outside his tent in the Sinai. The woman, a uniformed volunteer,...

 

Fleeing anti-Semitism in France

(JTA)-As a Jewish family originally from the Ivory Coast, Amy and George Camara and their four children felt somewhat immune to the rising anti-Semitic thuggery in France. The Camaras, relieved to...

 

Dutch mark Kristallnacht as Europe, U.S. confront a wave of right-wing populism

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—His name was never mentioned during the Netherlands’ main commemoration event for Kristallnacht, but Donald Trump was likely on everyone’s mind at the ceremony at the Dutch capital’s majestic Portuguese Synagogue. It wasn’t...

 

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