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  • Hungarian government denies ending anti-Soros campaign early

    (JTA) — Hungary’s government denied a report that it prematurely ended its media campaign against billionaire George Soros amid pressure by leaders of Hungarian Jewry and Israel’s Foreign Ministry. The report appeared Wednesday on the news website of the ATV television station, which is highly critical of the policies of Hungary’s right-wing prime minister, Viktor Orban. ATV reported that posters…

  • Algerian playwright denies ‘justifying’ killer of 4 at French Jewish school

    AVIGNON, France (JTA) — Jewish leaders in France and relatives of the gunman who murdered four at a Jewish school in Toulouse protested the staging of a play on the killer’s life at the prestigious Avignon theater festival. “I Love Death as You Love Life,” which premiered last week at the Festival of Avignon in southern…

  • Spanish judges void 2 municipal BDS motions, calling them racist

    (JTA) — Spanish judges scrapped motions favoring a boycott of Israel that were passed last year by two city councils. The rulings last week by separate tribunals in two of Spain’s autonomous regions bring to 20 the number of municipalities that over the past three years have either reversed their motions of support for an…

  • First Spain-born Liberal rabbi ordained

    (JTA) — The main rabbinical seminary in Europe for Reform and Masorti Jews ordained the first ever Spain-born Progressive rabbi, the seminary’s spokesperson said. Rabbi Haim Casas, who was born and raised in Cordoba, was ordained at a ceremony in London last week along with six other rabbis of the Leo Baeck College, the institution…

  • Muslims and Jews in Europe hammer out strategies for blocking bans on ritual slaughter, circumcision

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A spokesman for one of Europe’s major intergovernmental agencies told Jews and Muslims at an event about attempts to limit religious customs like kosher slaughter and circumcision  that “[d]iverse communities must join together in the face of intolerance and discrimination.” Ilan Cohn of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE,…

  • Dutch PM slams Israel’s dismantling of West Bank solar project his government funded

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Holland’s prime minister complained to his Israeli counterpart about Israel dismantling solar panels — paid for by the Dutch government — set up without permission in a Palestinian village in the West Bank. Mark Rutte protested the move to Benjamin Netanyahu last week, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders told the parliament on…

  • Protest planned for Paris Holocaust memorial event during Netanyahu visit

    PARIS (JTA) — A Muslim website called on pro-Palestinian activists to crash a Holocaust commemoration ceremony in Paris to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attendance. On Friday, the Le Muslim Post urged readers to show up in large numbers at the July 16 state ceremony at the Vel d’Hiv former stadium, where French police…

  • UNESCO passes controversial motion calling Hebron endangered heritage site

    (JTA) — The heritage committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, passed a Palestinian-led motion calling Hebron’s Old City an endangered heritage site despite protests by Israel and Jewish groups. Israel reacted with fury, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling the resolution “delusional.” The resolution passed in a secret…

  • Amsterdam to rename hall honoring official who looted, deported Holocaust victims

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A municipal hall in Amsterdam that for 30 years bore the name of a former city official who helped deport Jews to their deaths will be renamed, the mayor of the Dutch capital said. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan’s decision this week followed a call by the Center for Information and Documentation…

  • Anti-Zionist tax cheat amnestied by Israeli president mulls naming 17th child after him

    (JTA) — An anti-Zionist activist from one of Jerusalem’s haredi Orthodox communities said he may name his 17th child after Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who freed the man from jail. Yoalish Krois, a senior member of the vehemently anti-Zionist Orthodox Council of Jerusalem who was sentenced last year to five months in prison for tax…