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  • President Macron unveils diverse Cabinet featuring critics, advocates of Israel

    (JTA) — French President Emmanuel Macron presented a diverse Cabinet of 22 ministers, including a Jew, a Muslim and both advocates and critics of Israel. Macron, a centrist who had served in governments led both by Socialists and Republicans before his election on May 7 on an independent ticket, on Wednesday appointed as his foreign…

  • Ban on ritual slaughter passes without opposition in Belgium’s largest region

    (JTA) — The Walloon Parliament in southern Belgium voted unanimously to ban the slaughter of unstunned animals, a requirement for both kosher and halal ritual slaughter. Only the two Labor Party lawmakers in the 75-member plenum in Belgium’s largest region abstained in the vote Wednesday, La Libre Belgique reported. Earlier this month, the environment committee…

  • Norwegian paper’s cartoon suggests circumcision akin to pedophilia, insanity

    (JTA) — A Norwegian tabloid published a caricature equating Jewish and Muslim supporters of nonmedical circumcision with insane pedophiles. Dagbladet, which has a daily circulation of approximately 75,000, published the cartoon on Tuesday depicting two men, one of them bearded and the other wearing a kippah, standing next to signs that read “yes to circumcision”…

  • Jewish man wearing kippah says he was assaulted with hammer in Marseille

    (JTA) — A Jewish man told police in the French city of Marseille that he was assaulted on the street while wearing a kippah by a man wielding a hammer. The incident took place Tuesday morning approximately half a mile from the city’s Grand Synagogue, the man told police, according to a report in the…

  • A government campaign against George Soros splits Hungarian Jews

    (JTA) — On a recent Sunday, eight far-right activists filmed themselves on what they called a “raid” on the Aurora Jewish community center in Budapest. Sporting crewcuts and black clothes, the men affixed posters with a crossed-out picture of the Hungary-born Jewish American billionaire George Soros to the entrance of the building, which along with having…

  • Paris rabbinical court dissolves marriage of women waiting 29 years for religious divorce

    (JTA) — A rabbinical court in Paris officially dissolved the marriage of a Jewish woman who for 29 years had tried unsuccessfully to obtain a religious Jewish divorce from her abusive ex-husband. The move Tuesday by the rabbinical court of Paris at the seat of the Consistoire religious group was hailed as a success in…

  • In Western Europe, Israel went from darling to divisive in 50 years

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Shortly after the outbreak of the Six-Day War in 1967, Ronny Naftaniel was soliciting donations on the street and putting a lot of money into a box emblazoned with the words “for Israel.” An Amsterdam Jew who was 19 that year, Naftaniel was one of many pro-Israel activists across Western Europe who…

  • Ukrainian Jew in serious condition after altercation with neighbor

    (JTA) — A Ukrainian Jew in his twenties was critically injured by his neighbor. The incident happened in Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine on Friday, according to a statement on the community’s website, which identified the injured community member only as Abraham, 26. The neighbor attacked the man with a sharp object, hitting his leg, according…

  • Zionist youth movement endorses Belgian member in Euro song contest

    (JTA) — The Hashomer Hatzair Jewish youth movement called on its members in Israel to vote for a performer representing Belgium in the Eurovision song contest because she is a member of the organization’s Brussels branch. Ellie Delvaux, 17, is one several dozen performers from 26 countries, including Israel, who are participating in the Grand…

  • Macron’s party boots politician over anti-Israel tweets deemed anti-Semitic

    (JTA) — The party of France’s president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, withdrew from its parliamentary elections ticket a politician who made statements deemed anti-Semitic. Christian Gerin, a journalist, was taken off the En Marche ticket on Friday, a day after he was nominated to represent the party in next month’s elections for the French parliament, in connection…