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  • Jewish woman shoved, called ‘dirty Jew’ on NY subway

    (JTA) – A Jewish woman was verbally abused and shoved aboard a New York City subway by a man with a German accent who recited from an anti-Semitic pamphlet, according to a newspaper report. The incident Monday evening occurred shortly after the suspect, a white man in a dark blue jacket with close-cropped blond hair,…

  • UK lawmaker: Anti-Semitism rising due to Jews not criticizing Israel

    LONDON (JTA) — Reacting to the record number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain in 2016, a lawmaker who was suspended from her party for anti-Israel rhetoric accused pro-Israel Jews of creating the situation by not criticizing the Jewish state. Jenny Tonge, a Liberal Democrat in the upper house of the Parliament before her suspension in October, sent…

  • British Jews record highest-ever annual number of anti-Semitic incidents

    (JTA) — The United Kingdom’s main watchdog group on anti-Semitism reported a record 1,309 incidents in 2016, constituting a 36 percent increase over the 2015 tally. Of the anti-Semitic incidents recorded last year by the Community Security Trust, or CST, 107 were cases of physical assault, compared to 87 in 2015, the report published Thursday said….

  • Polish Jews send matzah to TV boss who read poem deemed anti-Semitic

    (JTA) — The Jewish Community of Warsaw sent matzah to a public television official accused of anti-Semitism after he mentioned the Jewish food on air while denouncing anti-government protesters. Marcin Wolski, the director of the TVP2 state-funded channel, read a poem that he wrote saying protesters outside the Polish parliament were “handing out matzah” during anti-government protests,…

  • Dutch government allocates over $8.5 million to establishing Holocaust museum

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch government allocated more than $8.5 million to the ongoing establishment of a Holocaust museum in Amsterdam and a commemorative wall for victims. The Cabinet of Prime Minister Mark Rutte last week announced the funding — one of the largest expenditures ever undertaken in the Netherlands on Holocaust commemoration — of the museum of…

  • Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy endings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliterated, including its endemic customs and distinct Yiddish dialect. It is one of the starkest examples of how the Holocaust decimated and irreparably changed Dutch Jewry. That’s why the…

  • Dutch public broadcaster apologizes for poor coverage of soccer anti-Semitism

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch main public broadcaster apologized to supporters of a local soccer team for omitting context from reports on the singing of anti-Semitic chants by some fans of the team. The unusual apology earlier this month by NOS was over its coverage of the Jan. 14 match game in Utrecht between the…

  • Citing Arab bans on Israelis, Dutch anti-Islam pol calls Trump critics ‘hypocrites’

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders called critics of President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees “hypocrites” for failing to protest against predominantly Muslim countries that ban Israeli passport holders. Wilders, whose rightist Party for Freedom has been leading in five major polls conducted this month ahead of the March general elections, made…

  • Refugee ban puts Jewish asylum seekers in limbo

    (JTA) — A year after they submitted their application for asylum in the United States, Shahi and his mother expected to be let in. As Iranian Jews who applied for asylum through a federally recognized agency for refugee status, their case was expected to be simple. Shahi (not his real name) is in his late…

  • Socialist primary winner in France had backing of prominent anti-Semites

    (JTA) — A left-wing politician in France who was endorsed by the founders of the country’s Anti-Zionist Party handily defeated Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the Socialist presidential primaries. Benoit Hamon, who supports dramatically expanding welfare payments and has called for his party to support Palestinian causes to increase its appeal to Muslim voters, beat his hard-line challenger Sunday…