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  • Spanish city reportedly loses Tel Aviv flight over Israel boycott motion

    (JTA) — A Spanish city trying to increase tourism lost a direct flight connection with Israel over its symbolic support for boycotting the Jewish state, a Spanish newspaper reported. The Spain branch of El Al for months had negotiated with tourist officials from the autonomous region of Galicia, in northern Spain, over opening a direct line…

  • Jedwabne mayor calls for exhumation of Jewish mass grave

    (JTA) — The mayor of a Polish town where locals killed and buried hundreds of Jews added his voice to a growing chorus of officials seeking to exhume the bodies from a mass grave to see if German soldiers were the killers. Michael Chajewski, the mayor of the town in northeastern Poland, told Gazeta Wyborcza…

  • Russian synagogue with dark past invites Pokemon hunters to toast its revival

    As the Pokemon Go phenomenon grows, some institutions connected to European Jewry’s darkest hour have taken precautions against it. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum in Poland has banned the addictive smartphone game, in which players viewing their environments through their device’s camera run in search of animated figures that the game’s application superimposes on…

  • Post-Brexit, more British Jews reportedly requesting naturalization in Portugal

    (JTA) — One of Portugal’s Jewish communities said it was observing an increase in requests for naturalization by British Jews following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. About 300 British Jews who are descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews requested Portuguese nationality from the Porto Jewish Community, compared to five before the June…

  • Holocaust monuments vandalized in Germany, Belarus

    (JTA) — Three World War II monuments in Germany and another Holocaust memorial in Belarus were vandalized. The cases were reported last week. No arrests have been made. In Belarus, a tour guide reported seeing doused yellow paint on a statue commemorating the mass murder of Jews in the Minsk Ghetto, which German occupation forces…

  • Flemish Jews: Better coverage of Israel would have prepared Europe for truck attack in Nice

    (JTA) — A group representing Flemish Jews said that the vehicular attack in France was shocking to Westerners because their media has willfully ignored a spate of car ramming attacks in Israel. The Flemish Region’s Forum of Jewish Organizations issued its unusual statement Friday about the July 14 assault in the southern French city. As many as 80 people were…

  • Pokémon Go game leads to body’s discovery behind New Hampshire Holocaust museum

    (JTA) —  A person playing the Pokémon Go game on his smartphone discovered a dead human body behind a Holocaust Memorial in New Hampshire. A young man found the body floating in Salmon Brook near Rotary Common Park in Nashua, New Hampshire, while hunting for cartoon monsters using the Pokémon Go app, WMUR reported Thursday. Authorities…

  • Former synagogue in Poland demolished

    WARSAW (JTA) — A wedding planner who in 2012 bought a 19th-century building in southern Poland that used to be a synagogue had it demolished to make room for a new structure. Bulldozers on Saturday began tearing down what used to be the old synagogue of the city of Gorlice 200 miles south of Warsaw,…

  • Rabbinical court sentences Israeli man to 5 years in jail for refusing wife a divorce

    (JTA) — A high rabbinical court in Israel sentenced to five years in prison a man who for years has refused to give his wife a divorce. The High Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem passed on Thursday the sentence, which is one of the harshest meted out in recent years to an intransigent spouse, the news…

  • Diggers in Lithuania unearth complex that housed Vilna Gaon’s synagogue

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (JTA) — An international team of archeologists unearthed part of the complex that housed the former Great Synagogue of Vilnius, which Soviet authorities destroyed after World War II. An underground floor of a building belonging to the complex that housed the 18th-century synagogue was exposed for the first time since 1957 earlier this…