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  • Dutch anti-Semitism watchdog asks government to ban ‘Hamas front’ conference

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A watchdog on anti-Semitism in the Netherlands petitioned the government to ban an upcoming Rotterdam conference that it said was organized by Hamas-affiliated groups. The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, on Friday asked Justice Minister Stef Blok and Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk to stop the conference, titled “Palestinians in…

  • Conservative groups join interfaith coalition fighting Trump’s transgender bathroom move

    (JTA) — The Jewish Theological Seminary joined other Jewish Conservative groups in a U.S. Supreme Court appeal against a presidential move that allows schools to decide who may enter gender-segregated bathrooms. On Thursday, JTS wrote in a statement that it has joined an amicus brief designed to uphold the “rights of transgender students to use public school…

  • French Arab coexistence champion found to have authored anti-Semitic tweets

    (JTA) – A former culture minister of France distanced herself from an up-and-coming journalist who interviewed her recently following the discovery of virulent anti-Semitic tweets he authored. Christiane Taubira, who last month granted a wide-ranging interview to Mehdi Meklat, 24, of the Les Inrocks magazine, said she would not have afforded him that access had…

  • 2 Jewish museums open in Portugal amid opposition to one in Lisbon

    (JTA) — Two municipalities in Portugal opened museums about their Jewish heritage amid protests by residents of the capital Lisbon against the ongoing construction of a third and larger one. In the northeastern city of Braganca, the municipality last week opened a two-story Sephardi Interpretive Center that focuses on the life of Jews under persecution in 15th and…

  • Model who lost molestation suit against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein charged with stealing underwear

    (JTA) – A former model who lost a sexual molestation lawsuit against the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for breaking into a Victoria’s Secret underwear store in New York. Maximillia Cordero, 33, was arrested Monday for breaking into the Upper East Side store, the New York Daily News reported Thursday. She lost a 2007…

  • Report: Jared Kushner attended Michael Flynn’s controversial meeting with Russian envoy

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, attended a controversial meeting in December between a Russian diplomat and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, The New York Times reported. The meeting between Kushner, Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak lasted 20 minutes at Trump Tower and was intended…

  • Following cemetery vandalism, hundreds rally against hate crimes in Philadelphia

    (JTA) — Hundreds of protesters attended a demonstration against hate crimes in Philadelphia following the recent vandalism at a Jewish cemetery and hate crimes across the country. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia organized Thursday’s rally under the banner “Stand Against Hate” following the toppling of over 100 headstones that were discovered at the Mount…

  • French teacher says he conceals kippah following machete attack

    (JTA) — On the eve of a landmark trial for terrorism in France, the alleged victim in a machete attack said he has begun concealing his kippah. Benjamin Amsellem told the news website 20 Minutes on Tuesday about how his life was turned upside down following last year’s incident in Marseille, when police say a…

  • Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris

    (JTA) — Though he may be one of France’s best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his “Purim puppets.” A former tailor’s apprentice whose life’s work last week went on display at the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Lille, Nedjar says he merely “exhumes”…

  • Drake and Jamie Foxx perform at flashy bar mitzvah that shocked the Netherlands

    (JTA) — Dutch tabloids recently had to teach their readers an exotic and rarely seen Jewish term: bar mitzvah. The celebrities sections of the Telegraaf daily and the Het Parool were forced to explain the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony in reporting about one of the most extravagant private events held this year in Amsterdam: The 13th birthday…