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  • 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…

  • EU lawmakers protest hosting in Brussels of Palestinian terrorists’ relatives

    (JTA) — Lawmakers from 15 EU member countries, as well as the European Parliament’s president, protested the hosting at that institution of relatives of Palestinians who are in jail for murdering Israelis in terrorist attacks. In a rare rebuke Thursday, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani admonished the chair of the Delegation for relations with Palestine, Neoklis Sylikiotis, for…

  • Trump didn’t visit the Warsaw Ghetto monument, and some Polish Jews are upset

    (JTA) — Jewish leaders in Poland criticized President Donald Trump for not including a stop at a Warsaw Ghetto Uprising monument on his itinerary while visiting their country. The rebuke Wednesday came in a joint statement from Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich; Anna Chipczynska, president of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, and Leslaw Piszewski, president…

  • Islamist who planned to attack French synagogue jailed

    (JTA) — A Muslim man who said he was planning to attack the main synagogue of Marseille was sentenced to two years in prison. A Marseille court sentenced Mohamed Chebab, 33, on Tuesday, a little over a year after he was arrested for praising the Islamic State terrorist group, l’Express news site reported. He was…

  • ‘Orange is the New Black’ inspires Scottish prisoners to demand kosher food

    (JTA) — Inmates at a Sottish prison are believed to have started asking for kosher food after watching “Orange is the New Black,” a Netflix television series set in a women’s prison. In a 2015 episode of the series, a character known as “Black Cindy” converts to Judaism in order to receive “better quality food.” Inspectors demanded…

  • UK synagogue membership at lowest since ’90

    (JTA) — The United Kingdom has the largest number of synagogues in its history, but membership in those institutions is at its lowest in decades, according to a newly published report. In its report titled “Synagogue membership in the United Kingdom in 2016,” the Institute for Jewish Policy Research counted 454 Jewish houses of worship…