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  • Brussels Jews protest Antwerp refusal to honor Holocaust victims with cobblestones

    (JTA) — Jews from Brussels protested in Antwerp against the refusal of the Belgian capital and its Jewish community to use special cobblestones to commemorate Holocaust victims. Highlighting the spreading of Belgium’s binational divide to its Jewish communities, a dozen protesters from the Brussels-based Association for the Memory of the Shoah picketed Monday outside Antwerp City Hall. The leaders…

  • Kosher restaurant in England set alight in suspected arson attack

    (JTA) — Police in Manchester, England, are investigating a suspected arson at a kosher restaurant. Security camera footage shows the Ta’am Restaurant in Bury, 11 miles north of Manchester, being doused with a liquid by two unidentified men before bursting into flames on Friday night, the Manchester Evening News reported Wednesday. No one was hurt in the incident. The owners…

  • Romania passes law facilitating restitution claims of Holocaust survivors

    (JTA) — Legislation making it easier for Holocaust survivors to press restitution claims passed in Romania’s Parliament on Tuesday. The law prioritizes the processing of claims belonging to Holocaust survivors, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, or WJRO, wrote in a statement applauding the legislation . Claimants who filed before 2003 have been waiting more than…

  • French official pans his country’s UNESCO vote ignoring Jewish ties to Jerusalem holy sites

    (JTA) – The interior minister of France criticized his country’s recent vote at a U.N. agency for a resolution that critics said ignored Jewish historical ties to Jerusalem and its holy sites. Bernard Cazeneuve spoke of his objection to France’s April 16 vote at UNESCO, the Paris-based U.N. organization dealing with education, culture and heritage, at…

  • At home in London, French Jews dread vote on exiting the EU

    LONDON (JTA) — Less than two years after he moved his family from Paris to London, David Herz is already feeling at home in the United Kingdom. The co-founder of a communications agency, Herz is among thousands of French Jews who moved across the channel in recent years. He says he immigrated mostly for financial reasons…

  • Moroccan Jews reportedly protest UN view on ‘occupied’ Sahara

    (JTA) — Several hundred Moroccan Jews protested against U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s characterization of Western Sahara as occupied by the North African kingdom. The April 30 protest in Mazagan, 120 mile southwest of Rabat, was part of Mimouna, a traditional North African Jewish celebration held the day after Passover, and it featured group singing of…

  • Jewish passengers removed from flight over behavior, not religion, airline says

    (JTA) — Dismissing reports that it discriminated against Jewish passengers in Spain, the British airline EasyJet accused the complainants of rowdy behavior that caused a delay. “Flight EZY3920 from Barcelona to Paris Charles de Gaulle on 1 May 2016 with 180 passengers on board returned to the gate in Barcelona and was met by police due to…

  • Chabad rabbi building ‘1st mikvah in West Africa’ in Nigeria

    (JTA) — An Israeli firm and a Chabad rabbi working in Nigeria are preparing to open the first known Jewish ritual bath, or mikvah, in West Africa. Yisroel Ozen, a prominent Chabad emissary based in Nigeria, is supervising the construction of a mikvah for women in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on land purchased for…

  • Polish town names square after Knesset deputy speaker’s family

    (JTA) — The deputy speaker of the Knesset, Hilik Bar, attended a ceremony in a Polish town that renamed its main square for his great-grandfather, who was murdered in the Holocaust. The renaming ceremony last week in Skulsk, 120 miles west of Warsaw, was in memory of Yitzhak Kotowski, a head of the local Jewish…

  • Despite anti-Semitism scandal, Muslim Labour candidate poised to win London mayoral election

    LONDON (JTA) — With half of the votes counted in London’s local election, Sadiq Khan of Labour maintained a strong lead over the Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith. The son of a British Jewish father, Goldsmith, who does not identify himself as a member of the Jewish community, was seen as having conducted a lethargic campaign but…