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  • ‘Death to Jews’ sprayed on Ukrainian synagogue

    (JTA) — Unidentified individuals wrote “death to the Jews” on the main synagogue of a city in Ukraine that earlier this month saw the rededication of another Jewish house of worship. The hateful graffiti was discovered last week on the façade of the Central Synagogue in Chernivtsi, a city located 255 miles southwest of Kiev,…

  • France warns vendors to apply stricter labels to settlement goods

    (JTA) — A French government anti-fraud agency is requiring vendors specify whether goods originate in Israeli settlements. The demand, which an Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson said gives “tail wind to radical actors and the boycott movement against Israel,” was published Thursday in the French government’s Official Journal. The circular by the French Economy Ministry’s General…

  • Israeli settler leader: Fires are divine punishment for planned settlement uproot

    (JTA) — A leader of Israeli settlers said that the fires raging in Israel, which officials partly attribute to arsonists, are really divine punishment for the government’s plans to uproot settlements. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, of the settler community of Elon Moreh, made the controversial assertion about the 250 fires recorded in recent days in Israel,…

  • French presidential candidate’s claim about Jews ‘a misunderstanding,’ spokesman says

    (JTA) – A spokesperson for Francois Fillon, a leading contender in the upcoming French presidential election, sought to soften the candidate’s claim that Jews in the past did not respect French law. Jérôme Chartier said Wednesday that criticism of Fillon was “a misunderstanding” of the candidate’s attempt to note all religions have extremists. “Francois Fillon is very clear on the fact that there may…

  • French presidential candidate: Jews wished to break our laws

    (JTA) – Francois Fillon, a leading contender in the upcoming French presidential election, suggested Jews do not respect French law. Fillon, a former prime minister who this week won the first round of the presidential primary in France’s center-right Republicans party, made the assertion during an interview Wednesday with Europe1 radio, in which he cited Jews as proof…

  • UNESCO awards tolerance prize to Moscow Jewish museum

    (JTA) — UNESCO gave Moscow’s main Jewish museum an award for its promotion of tolerance. The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, a $50 million state-of-the-art institution that opened in 2012, received UNESCO’s Madanjeet Singh Prize for the promotion of peace and non-violence last week, Interfax reported. Rabbi Alexander Boroda, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia…

  • Son of Dutch righteous gentile wants father’s name removed from JNF memorial

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The son of a Dutch couple that hid Jews from the Nazis is seeking the removal of his father’s name from a monument built on what used to be a Palestinian village. Erik Ader, whose father and mother, Bastiaan Jan and Johanna Ader, are believed by the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum to have helped…

  • Dutch war hero’s family sells Hanukkah lamp for record $440,000

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A 270-year-old Hanukkah lamp became the most expensive artifact of its kind sold in the Netherlands in recent memory after it fetched $441,000 at auction. The menorah, which belonged to the family of a Dutch Jewish resistance fighter killed by the Nazis, was sold last week by the Venduehuis der Notarissen auction…

  • Swiss government wants Jews to fund their own security costs

    (JTA) — Switzerland’s Jews need to pay for their own security costs even though doing so is really the government’s responsibility, a Swiss government agency said in a report on anti-Semitism. The unusual assertion came in a report published last week by the Swiss Interior Ministry’s Service for the Fight against Racism. It prompted a mixed…

  • Is Europe’s far right experiencing a ‘Trump effect’?

    (JTA) — European far-right politicians were quick to hold up Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election as a harbinger of their own impending triumphs. Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right party, said that what Europeans call “the Trump effect” — that is, right-wing nationalism fueled by anger toward political elites and mistrust…