Menu JTA Search

Cnaan Liphshiz Twitter Facebook RSS

Latest

  • Judge drops hate crimes charges in rape and robbery of French Jewish couple

    (JTA) — French prosecutors dropped hate crime charges in the case of four men suspected of rape and robbery at a suburban Paris home they acknowledged was targeted because it belonged to Jews. The magistrate responsible for conducting the investigative hearing that precedes a criminal trial decided against including hate crime charges in the 2014 incident in…

  • Warsaw initiates 6-month deadline for renewing dormant restitution claims

    (JTA) — The municipality of Warsaw published a list of 48 buildings claimed in now-dormant restitution suits, opening a six-month window for new claims under recent legislation. If no action is taken on the property before the deadline, it will be transferred permanently to the city, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, or WJRO, wrote in a…

  • Jonathan Safran Foer: My Israeli friends want to raise kids elsewhere

    (JTA) — Jewish-American novelist Jonathan Safran Foer said his Israeli friends no longer wish to raise their children in a country that is excluding itself from the Western world and thus encouraging boycotts against it. Foer, 40, who is among the world’s best-known Jewish writers of fiction, delivered his criticism of Israel under Prime Minister…

  • Report: Lithuania reconsiders plans to build atop former Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — Lithuania’s government is reconsidering plans to build a convention center atop what used to be a Jewish cemetery in Vilnius, rabbis said after meeting with the country’s ambassador to the United States. The seven-member delegation of American haredi Orthodox rabbis and activists met Rolandas Kriščiūnas last week to discuss the controversial plan to build…

  • Meet the gonzo Jewish filmmaker behind Trump’s fake news on Sweden

    (JTA) — Pressed to explain his false claim that something terrible had happened in Sweden last week, President Donald Trump traced the canard back to the reporting of Ami Horowitz, a gonzo Jewish-American filmmaker who spoke about Sweden’s problem with Muslim immigrants on Fox News. On Saturday, during a campaign-style speech in Florida on border security…

  • Israeli civil servants report to duty to help 1,500 ‘lone soldiers’

    (JTA) — Dozens of Israeli civil servants gathered at a Tel Aviv event venue in an effort to resolve bureaucracy problems for 1,500 soldiers with no family in Israel. Forty representatives from government agencies were on hand Thursday for “Yom Sidurim,” Hebrew for “chores day” — an interministerial effort benefiting so-called lone soldiers, including many…

  • J Street Israel boss rejects David Friedman’s remorse for ‘kapos’ remark

    (JTA) — The Israel director of J Street rejected the expression of regret by David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to the Jewish state, for calling her group “kapos.” Yael Patir maintained during an interview Friday with Army Radio that the regret expressed Thursday by Friedman for applying the term — the Nazi designation…

  • Chabad House opens in Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia

    (JTA) — Chabad, the Hasidic movement that operates Jewish centers in more than 90 countries, has set up shop in the Pacific island archipelago of New Caledonia, which has 250,000 residents and 250 Jews. The movement’s emissaries to the island, which is a French territory, are Rabbi Menachem and Bassie Sabbach. The rabbi is a fluent…

  • Lithuanian nationalists celebrate Holocaust-era quisling, Pepe the Frog near execution site

    (JTA) — Lithuanian ultranationalists marched near execution sites of Jews with banners celebrating a pro-Nazi collaborationist who called for ethnic cleansing and a symbol popular with members of the U.S. “alt-right” movement. Approximately 170 people attended Thursday’s annual march in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second city that is also known as Kovno, the website Defending History reported….

  • January tally of terrorist attacks in Israel bloodiest in 6 months

    (JTA) – Five Israelis were killed in January by Palestinian terrorists, making the month the deadliest since June, according to Israel’s security service. The Shin Bet recorded a total of 100 attacks in January, which left 16 wounded, according to its monthly report published earlier this week. Four of the victims were killed in Jerusalem…