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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    February 17, 2017

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    February 10, 2017

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    February 3, 2017

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 27, 2017

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 20, 2017

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    December 23, 2016

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,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    December 9, 2016

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Opinions    November 18, 2016

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,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    November 18, 2016

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    November 18, 2016

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 28, 2016

With UNESCO vote, Palestinians' bid for attention backfires

(JTA)—If the latest draft resolution at UNESCO on “Occupied Palestine” succeeded in the Palestinians’ aims to reclaim the world’s attention, then it was a Pyrrhic victory at best and a setback at worst. Part of an effort on Jerusalem...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    October 21, 2016

Dutch survivor's diary called an Anne Frank story with a 'happy' ending

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-A Holocaust survivor dubbed "Rotterdam's Anne Frank" in her native Netherlands published her wartime diary, which she wrote while hiding in the bombed-out city. "At Night I Dream of...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    October 21, 2016

A French survivor seeks honors for his Rosh Hashanah rescuers

(JTA)-For Jews all over the world, the High Holidays are a time for closure and new beginnings. Not for Jacques Stuzalft, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor from France. Haunted by his experiences on t...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    September 23, 2016

Burkini debate in France exposes divide in Jewish community

(JTA)-Like their constituents, the mainstream representatives of French Jewry are not known for passing up opportunities to express their opinion on subjects of national debate. And Jewish...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    September 9, 2016

Ukraine's honoring of war criminals leaves Jews uneasy

(JTA)-When Vladimir Putin grabbed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, the Russian president claimed it was to protect minorities from anti-Semitic fascists whom Putin maintained were behind the revolution...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    September 9, 2016

How Paris public schools became no-go zones for Jews

PARIS (JTA)-Twenty-five years after he graduated from a public high school in the French capital, Stephane Tayar recalls favorably his time in one of the world's most thorough education systems. As...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    September 2, 2016

Once a prop for anti-Semites, the Talmud makes a comeback in Russia

(JTA)-A century ago, passages from the Talmud were translated into Russian to be used as evidence in the anti-Semitic show trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Jew charged with-and eventually acquitted...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 26, 2016

Why Spain is standing up to BDS-for now

(JTA)—Only last year, Spain was still the undisputed bastion for the BDS movement in Europe. Some 50 Spanish municipalities had passed resolutions in recent years endorsing BDS—an acronym for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement again...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    August 19, 2016

Raising Christian money for Jewish causes, a star rabbi earns praise and scorn

PARIS (JTA)-The summer drizzle that soaked the French capital did little to dampen Yechiel Eckstein's enthusiasm as he arrived recently with his wife Joelle at the city's Great Synagogue for a...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 5, 2016

This Lithuanian concentration camp is now a wedding venue

KAUNAS, Lithuania (JTA)-In this drab city 55 miles west of Vilnius, there are few heritage sites as mysterious and lovely looking as the Seventh Fort. This 18-acre red-brick bunker complex, which...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 5, 2016

For Jews of Nice, terrorist attack comes as no surprise

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — To the millions of tourists who visit Nice annually, the city in southeast France is an ultimate holiday destination that offers inviting beaches and luxury casinos, stunning architecture and world-class museums. Sandwiched...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    July 29, 2016

Russian synagogue with dark past invites Pokemon hunters to toast its revival

(JTA)-As the Pokemon Go phenomenon grows, some institutions connected to European Jewry's darkest hour have taken precautions against it. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum in Poland...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 29, 2016

Can a hobbled EU live up to its promise to combat anti-Semitism and racism?

(JTA)-When the late Austro-Hungarian aristocrat Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi attended church on Good Friday, his father would famously cause a scene, storming out when the liturgy came to the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    July 22, 2016

Poland wrestles with evidence of complicity 75 years after Jedwabne pogrom

JEDWABNE, Poland (JTA)-As German army troops invaded eastern Poland, Ichak Lewin's family fled their town of Wizna. On July 10, 1941, the Lewins approached the nearby town of Jedwabne, where hundreds...

 

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