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 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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 6, 2020

Israeli coronavirus carrier infected his wife and sold Purim costumes to children while sick

(JTA)—The owner of a toy shop near Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport infected his wife with the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases in that country to three. The man, who was not named, spent about 30 hours at the Red Pirate costume shop...

 

Israeli dad documents his family and the coronavirus

(JTA)-Like many parents when their small children are a bit under the weather, Ofer Dekel measures his boy's temperature frequently. But in Dekel's case, his concern for his son Liam is exacerbated...

 

The first kosher bar in the former Soviet Union serves up cocktails and Torah lessons

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA)-As an Orthodox Jew, Aryeh Rov had little interest in this port city's rich and vibrant bar scene. For one thing, most drinks served in Odessa's bars are not kosher, limiting his...

 

Belgian leader celebrates Holocaust rescuer's 100th birthday

(JTA)—One week before International Holocaust Remembrance Day, dozens of European officials arrived in Poland for a large commemoration event at Auschwitz. The delegation from the Brussels-based European Jewish Association visited the former Nazi d...

 

Johnson defeats Corbyn in UK

LONDON (JTA)—Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has defeated Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party by a large margin in Britain’s general elections on Thursday, exit polls indicate. The...

 

Belgian parade that mocked Jews gives up its UNESCO endorsement

(JTA)-The U.N.'s leading cultural body was scheduled to vote this month on whether to remove a Belgian carnival that had hosted a float seen as mocking Jews from its list of important human cultural...

 

Belgian parade that mocked Jews gives up its UNESCO endorsement

(JTA)—The U.N.’s leading cultural body was scheduled to vote this month on whether to remove a Belgian carnival that had hosted a float seen as mocking Jews from its list of important human cultural expressions. But the carnival’s organizers...

 

Holocaust rescuer gets a surprise 100th birthday party in Poland

(JTA)-The day after he turned 100, Jozef Walaszczyk prepared to attend yet another Holocaust commemoration ceremony in his native Warsaw. Walaszczyk is Poland's oldest living Righteous Among the...

 

Jordan reclaims farmland

(JTA)—Jordan reclaimed two pieces of land leased by Israel as part of a 1994 peace agreement. King Abdullah II announced Sunday that Jordan would “impose our full sovereignty on every inch” of the properties known in Jordan as Ghumar and...

 

How Ukraine's bloody 2014 revolution affected Jews

(JTA)-Ukraine is in the news now for its ties to the Trump impeachment scandal, but this year also marks the fifth anniversary of a turbulent revolution that roiled the country and ousted its...

 

In Ukraine, aid for needy Jews comes with a catch

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA)—Alina Feoktistova always knew she was Jewish, but the first time she sought contact with the community was to see if it could pay her tuition. Feoktistova’s family couldn’t afford to send her to college, but the local...

 

93-year-old Albanian who rescued Jews to be honored in Poland

(JTA)-A Muslim man from Albania who saved Jews during the Holocaust will attend an event in Poland honoring rescuers from across Europe. Xhemal Veseli, 93, who is among a handful of Muslim rescuers...

 

The German synagogue shooter was a far-right extremist-here's why that's rare in Europe

(JTA)-The identity of the German synagogue attacker may have sounded familiar to American Jews, who have endured multiple attacks by far-right extremists over the past year. But the suspect's...

 

A Jewish family sold this Kandinsky painting to survive the Nazis and Amsterdam is keeping it

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Following a protracted legal fight, the family of Irma Klein last year finally got Dutch restitution officials to recognize that the Nazi occupation forced Klein to sell her...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 23, 2019

Israel has been barring lawmakers of friendly nations for years (just not from the US)

(JTA)—When Israel announced that it would deny entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the decision struck many as an unprecedented step. But Israel has blocked multiple lawmakers from coming in recent years. The difference this time is that...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 16, 2019

Author David Grossman eulogizes settler teen who was murdered hugging his book

(JTA)-Those close to Dvir Sorek, the 19-year-old student who was murdered Thursday in a West Bank terrorist attack, described him as a unique young man. One of his friends from the West Bank...

 

Gymnast Agnes Keleti survived the Holocaust to win 10 Olympic medals-at 98, she's as feisty as ever

BUDAPEST (JTA)-When journalists ask Agnes Keleti about her health, she gently smiles and slowly extends her right hand in apparent gratitude for the question. Keleti yanks anyone who is foolish...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 9, 2019

2,300 Jewish athletes gather in Budapest for European Maccabi Games

\BUDAPEST (JTA)-More than 2,000 Jewish athletes from 42 countries and thousands of spectators gathered at a stadium in the Hungarian capital for the opening of the 15th European Maccabi Games. With...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 9, 2019

In Eastern Europe, Holocaust museums are missing from key historical sites

(JTA)-In the capital of Lithuania, an institution formerly known as the Museum of Genocide Victims barely mentions the murder of nearly all the country's Jews by Nazis and locals, focusing instead on...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 2, 2019

5 Jewish things to know about Boris Johnson

(JTA)—No matter their political affiliation, all sides can agree that Boris Johnson, who has secured his Conservative Party’s vote to become the United Kingdom’s next prime minister, is a colorful character. As the mayor of London, a position...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 19, 2019

50,000 flock to Lubavitcher Rebbe's grave in New York

(JTA)-An estimated 50,000 people have visited the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, ahead of the 25th anniversary of his passing. The pilgrimage to the burial site in...

 

When elders reveal they are Jewish on their deathbeds, their children often return to Judaism

(JTA)-In a few months, Simone Azoubel will realize a lifelong dream and move to Israel with her husband. A 56-year-old Jewish woman from Recife in northern Brazil, Azoubel is brushing up on her...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 21, 2019

A famed French-Jewish philosopher is afraid to leave his home

PARIS (JTA)-As a French celebrity philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut belongs to a tiny group of VIPs who get to lead normal, paparazzi-free lives despite having film star-like recognizability here....

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 7, 2019

Undone by Brexit, May resigns

(JTA)-Theresa May, who announced her resignation on Friday as the prime minister of the United Kingdom, will be remembered as one of her country's shortest-serving and least popular leaders. Blamed...

 

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