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  • Drake and Jamie Foxx perform at flashy bar mitzvah that shocked the Netherlands

    (JTA) — Dutch tabloids recently had to teach their readers an exotic and rarely seen term comprised of two words of ancient Hebrew: bar mitzvah. The celebrities section of the Telegraaf daily and the Het Parool were forced to explain the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony in reporting about one of the most extravagant private events held this…

  • Spain scraps language test for elderly applicants for Jewish law of return

    (JTA) — Spanish authorities dispensed with language and culture tests for elderly applicants for citizenship under the country’s law of return for Sephardi Jews. The Spanish Justice Ministry decided to offer the dispensation from tests on the Spanish language and heritage, which were mandated for citizenship applicants under the 2013 law, after it emerged that…

  • The Hague advised to offer $2.75 million in Holocaust restitution

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The executive board of the municipality of The Hague advised the city government to offer $2.75 million in restitution for money wrongfully collected from Holocaust survivors. The recommendation announced Monday follows the vote last year by the City Council of Amsterdam to allocate $11 million to Jewish causes as compensation for similar…

  • Chabad rabbi banned from Lithuania’s main synagogue

    (JTA) — In an escalation of the internal feud dividing Lithuanian Jews, the Chabad movement’s senior emissary to the country was banned from the capital city’s main synagogue. Rabbi Sholem Ber Krinsky, who has lived in Vilnius for 22 years, was informed in an email Monday from the chairman of the Vilnius Jewish Religious Community…

  • In Budapest, Roma and Jews use alternative JCC to fight right-wing populism

    BUDAPEST (JTA) — Although she lives in the undisputed nightlife capital of Central Europe, Andi Angelip knows of only a handful of bars here where she is truly comfortable bringing a date. Angelip, a 19-year-old student and activist for lesbian and gay rights, said she avoids “rainbow” establishments that cater only to homosexuals. Yet in…

  • Jewish prankster fools ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judges with ‘crappy’ rapping rabbi act

    (JTA) — As one of the United Kingdom’s best-known pranksters, Simon Brodkin is well versed in the art of infiltration. Without subterfuge, he would never have gotten close enough to the former soccer boss Sepp Blatter to shower him with fake dollar bills as he did during a 2015 news conference to protest Blatter’s alleged corruption….

  • Trump reiterates neutrality on two-state solution, but says he ‘likes’ it

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump said he “likes” the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict while reiterating his noncommittal approach. Asked during an interview with Reuters Thursday whether he had backed away from the two-state concept during his Feb. 15 joint White House appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said, “No, I like…

  • 3rd Spanish municipality reverses own BDS vote following legal action

    (JTA) — The Spanish municipality of Petrer, which is known internationally for hosting mock battles celebrating crusaders, rescinded its support for boycotts against Israel following legal action against the city. The City Council of Petrer, a city of 95,000 located 200 miles southeast of Madrid, voted Thursday to withdraw its support from a 2016 resolution…

  • UN human rights office decries Israeli sentence of soldier as ‘excessively lenient’

    (JTA) — The United Nations’ human rights office said it is “deeply disturbed” by the 18-month prison term given to an Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian terrorist after he had been subdued. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, criticized the sentence for manslaughter as “excessively lenient” and “unacceptable” on…

  • Israeli tourist arrested for climbing Brooklyn Bridge for a selfie

    (JTA) – Police in New York arrested an Israeli tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge to take a selfie there. The tourist was an 18-year-old man whom the New York Post identified as “Shivel Dikstein.” Unlike Shoval, Shivel is not a common Israeli name. He was arrested at 7 p.m. Thursday after allegedly jumping a…