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  • Israeli Air Force troops form a human Google logo

    (JTA) — Google likes to play with its own logo, repurposing the six letters in its name to celebrate everything from the birthdays of famous scientists to the first day of summer to Israel’s Independence Day. But when a senior officer in the Israel Air Force decided to greet a visiting Google executive by positioning dozens of troops…

  • Drug abuse, shame and the Holocaust figure in film about family of notorious Dutch lawyers

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — In a country where 75 percent of Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, the Moszkowicz family of lawyers stood out as a unique Jewish success story. Descended from Max Moszkowicz, a steel-willed Auschwitz survivor who became Holland’s first modern celebrity attorney, his four lawyer sons took the family business to new heights, turning their…

  • Dutch family reports anti-Semitic abuse after displaying Israeli flag

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch Jewish man said he suffered sustained anti-Semitic abuse after he posed in his yard holding an Israeli flag. The 47-year-old executive, who works as an account manager, said the abuse occurred in the city of Almere, 15 miles east of Amsterdam, on Monday. Passers-by saw him holding the flag for the…

  • Jewish migrants preferred to Muslims in Europe, British study finds

    (JTA) — The prospect of Jewish immigration raised the least amount of opposition among respondents to a British survey about attitudes to immigration. A study conducted by the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College in Oxford found that 7 percent of British people would allow no Jewish migrants into the United Kingdom, while 17 percent…

  • David Beckham says he feels Jewish thanks to granddad

    (JTA) — Former British soccer star David Beckham told a JCC audience in London that although he was not raised Jewish, he feels like a member of the tribe. Beckham, 41, was asked last week at a public interview at the JW3 center, “Do you see yourself as Jewish in any way?” He replied: “My grandfather was Jewish, that was…

  • Holland reportedly bent pension laws to pay citizens living in Israeli settlements

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch government made an exception to its pension laws in order to keep paying its citizens living in the West Bank, a Dutch newspaper reported. The practice, which applies to several dozen Dutch citizens, was revealed in a 4,000-word expose published June 18 in NRC Handelsblad, a prominent daily in the Netherlands. The…

  • Falafel wars in Paris: Who’s got the better balls?

    PARIS (JTA) — On a crowded sidewalk in the French capital, Yomi Peretz exchanges jokes and backslaps with customers who are waiting in a 20-yard queue in the rain to enter his falafel shop. This chummy interaction comes naturally to Peretz, a tall enthusiast of boxing and poker who owns and runs l’As du Fallafel…

  • House passes funding boost for Israeli missile defense despite Obama’s opposition

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Despite President Barack Obama’s veto threat, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $576 billion defense appropriations bill, including an allocation of $635 million for Israel’s missile defense program. Thursday’s vote on the bill in the Republican-controlled house passed 282-138, according to Defense News. Congress routinely adds more funds to Israel’s missile…

  • Former Israeli prime minister: Netanyahu enabling ‘budding fascism’

    (JTA) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is encouraging “budding fascism.” “A fanatic nucleus of extremist ideology has taken over Likud by using loopholes in the primaries constitution, purging Likud’s leadership of all those who cherished democracy over populism or some fleeting achievement,” Barak, who served as defense minister under…

  • In Israel, Huckabee defends Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric

    (JTA) — During a visit to Israel, Mike Huckabee, an ex-governor of Arkansas and former candidate in the U.S. Republican presidential primaries, defended the anti-Muslim rhetoric of presumptive nominee Donald Trump, whom Huckabee said would make a “great president” for the Jewish state. “It’s not racist. I think a lot of people are acting like…