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  • Netherlands may exempt kosher slaughterhouse from export ban

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch government said it may exempt the country’s only kosher slaughterhouse from a newly introduced export ban, which the Jewish abattoir said would be financially devastating. Caspar Itz, a spokesman for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, was replying to JTA’s questions following the publication of a letter written by the lawyer…

  • UK has record number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in first half of 2017

    (JTA) — The Jewish community of the United Kingdom recorded 767 anti-Semitic attacks in the first half of 2017 — the highest figure recorded within six months since monitoring began in 1984. The total number of incidents recorded from Jan. 1 to July 1 by the Community Security Trust, British Jewry’s watchdog on anti-Semitism, constitute…

  • Billionaire unjustly jailed in Putin’s Russia to represent Jewish ex-Soviet communities

    (JTA) — Eight years after his release from wrongful imprisonment in Russia, the Israeli billionaire Mikhael Mirilashvili was elected to lead the World Jewish Congress Euro-Asian affiliate representing communities from Ukraine to Singapore. Mirilashvili, who was released in 2009 after spending spent eight years in prison on trumped-up charges connected to his father’s abduction, was elected…

  • French justice minister won’t intercede in killing Jewish community deems a hate crime

    (JTA) — France’s justice minister said she would not intervene in the trial of a killer whom French Jews said should be charged with a hate crime. Meeting with Jewish leaders Tuesday, Nicole Belloubet cited the constitutional principle of separation of powers in saying she wouldn’t intervene in the case of Kobili Traore, a Muslim man…

  • Jewish athlete barred from 1936 Berlin Olympics dies at 103

    (JTA) — Margaret Bergmann Lambert, a high jumper who was barred from the 1936 Berlin Olympics because she was Jewish, died in New York at 103. Her niece, Doris Bergman, confirmed that Lambert died Tuesday, The New York Times reported. In June 1936, just a month before the Olympics, Lambert, then a German citizen known…

  • White House hails Israel’s dismantling of Temple Mount metal detectors

    (JTA) – The White House lauded Israel for dismantling metal detectors near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem that had spurred violent clashes between Muslims and Israeli police, but Palestinian officials called for sustained protests. “The United States applauds the efforts of Israel to maintain security while reducing tensions in the region,” press secretary Sean Spicer…

  • EU top court keeps Hamas designation as terrorist group

    (JTA) – The European Union’s top court reversed a 2015 ruling that said Hamas was unjustly blacklisted by Brussels as a terrorist group. Wednesday’s ruling by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice was on an appeal made by EU justice officials against the earlier ruling by the General Court of the European Union, which is an administrative…

  • Second anti-Israel protest staged outside Istanbul synagogue

    (JTA) — For the second time in less than a week, protesters demonstrated against Israel outside a synagogue in Istanbul over Israel’s decision to put up metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount. The latest incident reported in the Turkish media occurred Saturday outside the Ahrida Synagogue on the European side of the…

  • Sephardi heritage center honors Spanish politician who said Israel massacres children

    (JTA) — A prominent Spanish organization that is dedicated to preserving the country’s Jewish heritage awarded a prize to a local politician who had accused Israel of “massacring” Palestinian children. The Centro Sefarad-Israel, which was created with government funding in 2006 and based in Madrid, awarded its Crown of Esther prize on Thursday to Maite…

  • Chechnya’s Jewish community doesn’t exist — but it’s angry at Israel

    (JTA) — While Russia’s mainstream Jewish leaders in Moscow firmly backed Israel’s actions in clashes this week with Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the small Jewish community of Chechnya broke ranks with them and boldly condemned the Jewish state’s “provocations” against Muslims in the holy city. At least that was the story reported in the…