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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    November 27, 2020 

Non-Jewish leader is working to clean up forgotten cemeteries

(JTA) - National Independence Day in Poland has served in recent years as a backdrop for anti-Semitic, xenophobic and violent incidents at nationalist rallies. Last week, thousands in Warsaw flouted t...

 

Abortion protests putting Jewish communal conflict in spotlight

(JTA) — The debate on abortion access, which for years has polarized the predominantly Catholic nation of Poland, is now dividing the country’s Jews as well. A high court ruling last month severely restricting access to abortions in what was...

 

Jonathan Sacks dies at 72

(JTA) - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom whose extensive writings and frequent media appearances commanded a global following among Jews and non-Jews alike, has...

 

To fight radical Islam, France is limiting religious freedoms - with the blessing of its Jewish minority

(JTA) - As the French government rolls out a controversial plan that amounts to its most robust crackdown on religious activity in decades, it is enjoying broad support from at least one of the...

 

Rabbis want 'much more' government control of mosques

(JTA) — Following a suspected terrorist attack that left four dead in Vienna by a shooter who reportedly shouted “Allah,” European rabbis made an unusual appeal for more “control and transparency” over what goes on at mosques across the...

 

Islamists have declared war on France

(JTA) — Islamists have declared war on France, a senior leader of French Jews said following multiple assaults, including the murder of three people at a church in Nice. Gil Taieb, the vice president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish...

 

In Hungary, the left and the far right have united to defeat Viktor Orban

(JTA) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of Europe's most prominent nationalist and anti-immigrant leaders, has often faced accusations that he is too soft on far-right anti-Semitism. But...

 

Jewish groups urge members to rally against Islamic terror

(JTA) — French Jewish groups have called on their supporters to join a rally Sunday in memory of the schoolteacher murdered Friday after facing criticism for showing caricatures of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to his students. The rally in memory...

 

Jews living in Europe as low as it was 1,000 years ago

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Jews’ share of the population of Europe is as low now as it was 1,000 years ago and is declining even further, according to a landmark new demographic study. The study published Wednesday by the London-based Institute for...

 

Obninsk, Russia, home of the world's first nuclear power plant, gets its first synagogue

(JTA) — A synagogue has opened for the first time in Obninsk, a city near Moscow that was built in 1945 to accommodate the staff of the world’s first nuclear power plant. Around 400 Jews, including some from Moscow seeking to move out of the...

 

Palestinian refugee receives Spanish citizenship after discovering Jewish Sephardic roots

(JTA) - As a British resident born in Dubai to a Palestinian father and Lebanese mother, Heba Nabil Iskandarani had plenty of potential national identities. What she lacked, however, was a passport....

 

Kosovo's Jews cheer their Muslim-majority state's new deal with Israel

(JTA) - For Flori Dedoni, a member of the tiny Jewish community of Kosovo, the news that his country is establishing formal diplomatic ties with Israel is cause for celebration. Until last week,...

 

The Red Cross is aiding hundreds of Jewish pilgrims who have amassed at Ukraine's closed borders

(JTA) - On the border of Belarus and Ukraine, Avremi Vitman tried to shake off the morning chill as he prayed earlier this week. Vitman was hungry and uncomfortable after yet another night sleeping...

 

Ukraine's Jewish president thinks Jews especially should invest in his country

(JTA) - If you're looking for a good investment, you should put your money on Ukraine – especially if you're Jewish. That's the message from the office of the country's Jewish president, Vlodymyr...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 10, 2020

With no tourists in Amsterdam, locals are discovering the Anne Frank House

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Under normal circumstances, the queue to enter the Anne Frank House stretches far along this capital city’s Prinsengracht canal. Tourists who had booked their visit at least two...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 10, 2020

Portuguese diplomat who rescued 10,000 Jews to be honored

(JTA) — Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, will be recognized with a monument at a site in Lisbon that recognizes the country’s greatest figures. The parliament decreed the honor...

 

Facebook prank tricks thousands into thinking actors are Israeli couple from the '50s

(JTA) - Last week, thousands of Jews in Israel and beyond responded to a plea for help in identifying a couple pictured in a yellowing photograph from 1955. "Everyone, I need help. I found this...

 

In Amsterdam, the world's priciest menorah gets a new life

AMSTERDAM (JTA) - For the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum, Chanukah this year entailed the stressful chore of assembling the world's most expensive menorah. Last week, the Rintel Menorah, a...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 19, 2020

World Council of Churches wants EU sanctions on Israel if it annexes West Bank lands

(JTA) — The World Council of Churches is asking European diplomats to punish Israel with sanctions if it annexes West Bank lands. The request has triggered a heated debate in Christian circles. The call to punish Israel came last month in a letter...

 

Hans Calmeyer is remembered for saving thousands of Jews-a Holocaust survivor says he sent her to Auschwitz

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—In his native Germany and beyond, Hans Calmeyer is celebrated as a hero who saved more Jews from the Holocaust than Oskar Schindler. As a jurist for the Nazi German forces in the Netherlands, Calmeyer was put in charge of a small...

 

French-Jewish marathoner runs the entire race on his 7-yard-long balcony

(JTA)-Elisha Nochomovitz, a 32-year-old French Jew, was to be among the 17,000 participants in the Barcelona Marathon on March 15. But the marathon, one of Europe's most popular running events, was po...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 24, 2020

Polish leaders block resolution to stop restitution of property

(JTA)-Poland's ruling party took a stand on Wednesday against a far-right push to stop the restitution of property owned by Jews and others before the Holocaust. Far-right activists had gathered enoug...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 17, 2020

Keir Starmer, who has vowed to fight anti-Semitism, replaces Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Britain's Labour Party

(JTA)—A British lawmaker who has said that he supports Zionism will replace Jeremy Corbyn as the head of Britain’s Labour Party. Keir Starmer, who managed the party’s Brexit approach under Corbyn, won 52 percent of the vote in the Labour...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 10, 2020

Why are Jews vastly overrepresented in coronavirus deaths in the UK?

(JTA)—There are about 250,000 Jews in the United Kingdom. They account for only 0.3 percent of its population. But the coronavirus has killed 44 known Jewish victims so far—about 2.5 percent of the total U.K. tally. That means British Jews are ov...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 13, 2020

At another Spanish carnival, dancers equate Jews and Nazis alongside train and Auschwitz floats

(JTA)-A second carnival in Spain has referenced the Holocaust with Nazi and concentration camp prisoner uniform costumes. The theme was "the same." The Holocaust-themed display at the Feb. 23 event...

 

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