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  • Dutch police arrest jihadists who planned synagogue attack

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Dutch police arrested several suspects in connection with jihadists’ unrealized plan to attack a synagogue in the country’s capital city a year ago, a local daily revealed. The main suspect belonging to the ring, which is connected to Amsterdam’s Arrayan Sunni mosque, is a man in his 40s of Moroccan descent with…

  • Swiss court overturns hate-incitement conviction for Jewish musician’s Facebook remarks

    (JTA) – A Swiss court overturned the hate-incitement conviction of a Jewish musician who on Facebook described Muslims as “the Nazis of today.” A Basel Appeals Court on Friday acquitted David Klein of the offense for which he was convicted last year after consideration of his apology for words that he wrote about a video showing Arabs…

  • Polish culture minister denies involvement in anti-Semitic event

    KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) – The Polish culture minister denied any involvement in an anti-Semitic event though its organizers said he helped put it together. Piotr Glinski’s statement Friday was over a discussion in Lodz last week about a 2014 book titled “The Jewish Political Lobby in Poland.” Far-right activists advertised the discussion about the book, which features many anti-Semitic…

  • Austria’s rising far right seen as proof of failure to address Nazi past

    (JTA) — Despite admitting to taking Jews to the gas chambers at Majdanek, Erna Wallisch lived as a free women in Vienna until she died at the ripe age of 86. An Austrian former Nazi guard at two concentration camps, Wallisch died in 2008 after evading three attempts to prosecute her in Austria for crimes against…

  • Britain’s Mitzvah Day brings out record 25,000 volunteers

    (JTA) – Some 25,000 people, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, participated in British Jewry’s largest-ever Mitzvah Day. Organizers said the number of volunteers for the faith-based day of social action, which this year was held on Nov. 27, was the most since Mitzvah Day was first inaugurated in the United Kingdom in 2005. Bringing together…

  • Hollande says he will not seek 2nd term as French president

    (JTA) — French President Francois Hollande said he will not seek another term, clearing the path for a presidential bid by his pro-Israel prime minister, Manuel Valls. Hollande, whom polls give a single-digit approval rating, surprised many with his statement Thursday in a televised speech. He is the first president to decide not to run…

  • Report: Iran owns 5% of shares of the German firm building subs for Israel

    (JTA) — An Iranian state-owned firm has substantial shares in the German shipping giant that is supplying the Israeli Navy with submarines, a newspaper in Israel reported. The Iranian investments in ThyssenKrupp began in the 1970s and were inherited by the Islamic regime when it took over Iran in the 1979 revolution, Yediot Acharonot reported…

  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to step down

    (JTA) — Howard Schultz, who as CEO of Starbucks built the coffee company into a global empire, is stepping down as its chief executive, the company said. Schultz, 63, will become the company’s executive chairman, and its current president and chief operating officer, Kevin Johnson, will become CEO, NBC News reported Thursday based on a…

  • Ethel Rosenberg’s sons urge Obama to posthumously exonerate spy mother

    (JTA) – The sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg urged President Barack Obama to exonerate their mother more than six decades after her execution. Michael and Robert Meeropol were turned away from the White House on Thursday when they came to deliver a letter to the president referencing what they say is new evidence in…

  • IDF chief rabbi sworn in after apologizing over statements on rape in wartime

    (JTA) – Eyal Karim, the rabbi whose appointment as the chief chaplain of the Israeli army was suspended over his remarks seeming to justify rape during wartime, was sworn in to the position. Karim’s appointment as the chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces follows a Supreme Court review of his suitability last month. The…