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  • 2 British women claim they were sexually abused by Sigmund Freud’s grandson

    (JTA) — Two elderly women in Britain said that they had been sexually abused, one of them as a child, by a late lawmaker who was a grandson of the Austrian Jewish psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. The accusations were leveled against Clement Freud, a celebrated British broadcaster and politician, to ITV in a documentary scheduled to be aired Wednesday, the…

  • French Jews outraged by ISIS sympathizer’s killing of cop couple near Paris

    (JTA) — French Jews voiced outrage over the killing of two police officers, a husband and wife, at their home near Paris by an avowed fighter for the Islamic State group. Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, on Tuesday tweeted, “This barbarism must stop.” He also expressed solidarity with the family and…

  • No one heard student yell ‘Zionist pig’ at faculty member, Brooklyn College finds

    (JTA) — Brooklyn College said no witnesses could corroborate media reports that one of its students called a Jewish faculty member a “Zionist pig” during a protest at a faculty meeting. Other students, however, did use the word “Zionist” in addressing a member of the faculty and chanted “Zionists out of CUNY” or a “similar” statement…

  • Palestinian suspected terrorist shot near Nablus

    (JTA) — Israeli troops near Nablus shot and severely wounded a Palestinian man they said had tried to stab one of them. No Israelis were injured in the incident Friday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit told Army Radio. The suspected assailant was identified as Hasan Khalid al-Qadhi, 26, from the village of Awarta,…

  • At graduation party, Dutch teens sing about burning Jews

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs called on authorities to identify and punish high school pupils who during their graduation ceremony sang about burning Jews. The incident happened last week during the graduation gala of the Elde College in the town of Schijndel, 70 miles southeast of Amsterdam, the Brabants Dagblad daily reported…

  • France’s ex-chief rabbi seeks ‘radical’ response to Israel’s ‘abominable’ gay parade

    (JTA) — Several French Jewish organizations condemned a former chief rabbi of France, who called Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade an “abomination” and “attempt at moral extermination of the People of Israel.” Joseph Sitruk, who had served as France’s chief rabbi from 1987 until 2008, made the statements last week, during a talk broadcast on Radio…

  • Amid secession debate, Catalonians leave Spanish Jewish heritage network

    (JTA) — Five cities from the separatist region of Catalonia in eastern Spain said they would leave a national body commemorating Jewish heritage in a bid to form an independent Catalan network. Barcelona, Girona, Besalú, Tortosa and Castelló d’Empúries quietly left Spain’s Red de Juderias last month, the New York Times reported Wednesday, as part…

  • Sunni cleric defends Tel Aviv terrorists

    (JTA) — Israel imposed a blanket closure on Palestinians in the West Bank following the killing of four Israelis in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. The shooting at an upscale food court drew condemnations internationally but also praise from the well-known Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qardawi. The closure means no entry by Palestinians into Israel will be permitted until…

  • French official sues Jewish group accused of calling for killing Arabs after Sarona attack

    (JTA) — A French official responsible for fighting anti-Semitism vowed legal action against a Jewish group suspected of calling on Twitter for killing Arabs, and against a pro-Palestinian activist who allegedly celebrated the murder of four Jews in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. The official Twitter account of the France branch of Betar, a…

  • Austrian Jewish leaders deny normalization plan with far-right party

    (JTA) — Jewish leaders in Austria denied a report in Israel that the community had prepared a program for normalizing ties with the far-right Freedom Party, which it now shuns. The Israeli Hebrew-language news website NRG on June 3 reported that the Jewish Community in Vienna had a roadmap for the Freedom Party to follow if it was…