Menu JTA Search

Cnaan Liphshiz Twitter Facebook RSS

Latest

  • Sephardi heritage center honors Spanish politician who said Israel massacres children

    (JTA) — A prominent Spanish organization that is dedicated to preserving the country’s Jewish heritage awarded a prize to a local politician who had accused Israel of “massacring” Palestinian children. The Centro Sefarad-Israel, which was created with government funding in 2006 and based in Madrid, awarded its Crown of Esther prize on Thursday to Maite…

  • Chechnya’s Jewish community doesn’t exist — but it’s angry at Israel

    (JTA) — While Russia’s mainstream Jewish leaders in Moscow firmly backed Israel’s actions in clashes this week with Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the small Jewish community of Chechnya broke ranks with them and boldly condemned the Jewish state’s “provocations” against Muslims in the holy city. At least that was the story reported in the…

  • Istanbul protesters of Temple Mount metal detectors kick synagogue’s doors

    (JTA) — Demonstrators in Istanbul protesting the installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem kicked a synagogue’s doors and hurled objects at it. Several dozen men gathered around Neve Shalom with anti-Israel signs on Thursday night in what the Turkish Jewish community on Twitter called “intimidation and provocation.” The community called on…

  • Three Palestinians reported killed in riots over Temple Mount metal detectors

    (JTA) — Three Palestinians were killed in clashes between rioters and police in Jerusalem and the West Bank over the Israeli government’s decision to keep in place indefinitely metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount, the Palestinian media reported. Thousands of Israeli soldiers and troops were deployed in eastern Jerusalem following riots Thursday,…

  • Businesses use Kushner’s White House connection to lure Chinese investors

    (JTA) — Two businesses working with Jared Kushner’s family real estate company used his status  as a top aide to President Donald Trump to lure Chinese investors, even after the firm had apologized for touting the connection during a sales pitch in May, CNN reported. References to Kushner are part of online promotions by two…

  • 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 stuff of scandal. But precisely such an image — part of a poster campaign celebrating diversity in the Netherlands — has triggered…

  • Anti-Semitism, Hungary and Netanyahu: What you need to know

    (JTA) — To critics of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister’s visit to Hungary this week was a disgrace and an abandonment of local Jews in their fight against a government that is widely seen as one of Europe’s worst promoters of anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism. Yet other Hungarian Jewish leaders and observers of Israel-Hungary…

  • Dutch national railway refers Holocaust survivor seeking restitution to customer service

    (JTA) — Responding to a restitution claim by a Holocaust survivor, the Dutch national railway company referred him to its customer service department, which told him they cannot find his paperwork. Salo Muller, who was a boy when he was separated from his parents 75 years ago in Amsterdam before their murder in an Auschwitz…

  • Leading Russian rabbi criticizes local court for blacklisting book by 19th-century rabbi

    (JTA) – A prominent rabbi from Russia condemned a ruling by a court in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi that blacklisted and labeled as extremist a book penned by a 19th-century rabbi. Rabbi Boruch Gorin, a senior aide to Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and a key figure within Russia’s Chabad-affiliated Federation of…

  • Netherlands’ only kosher slaughterhouse says it faces closure following export ban

    (JTA) – The only kosher slaughterhouse in the Netherlands is facing closure because of a government-introduced ban on exporting its produce, the abattoir’s lawyer said. The ban was included in a July 5 agreement between the government and Jewish and Muslim faith leaders. Herman Loonstein complained about its effects in a letter he sent last…