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  • 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…

  • Swiss Jews oppose punishing students who refuse to shake teachers’ hands

    (JTA) — Swiss Jews spoke out against a regulation that makes it illegal for schoolchildren to refuse to shake hands with their teachers because of religious reasons. A regional school board last month ruled that schools in Basel Country can fine parents up to $5,000 if their children refuse to shake hands with teachers, as…

  • Cemeteries initiative has preserved 70 Eastern European graveyards

    (JTA) — A German-funded pilot program for protecting Eastern European Jewish cemeteries has helped preserve at least 70 graveyards since 2015, the effort’s initiators told Council of Europe delegates. The briefing Wednesday in Strasbourg about the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, or ESJF, came two years after its inception with an initial budget of $1.35 million,…

  • British Jewish leaders condemn Trump rhetoric ahead of visit

    (JTA) — Ahead of Donald Trump’s planned visit to Britain, leaders of that country’s Jewish community condemned what they said was the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s “divisive and troubling” rhetoric. Trump, who is scheduled to visit Britain on June 22, told The Wall Street Journal earlier this month that an Indiana-born judge with Mexican heritage who…

  • New anti-Semitism definition replaced scrapped EU version, US official says

    (JTA) — The new international definition of anti-Semitism that mentions Israel hatred was adopted in part to replace a similar one scrapped by the European Union, an initiator of the new text said. Robert Williams, a delegate of the United States at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, or IHRA, told JTA on Tuesday that his…

  • Fears of terrorism turn Moishe Houses into a lifeline for young Paris Jews

    PARIS (JTA) — When David Harroch moved from his native Morocco to France 12 years ago, he found a vibrant Jewish scene with a plethora of activities for young adults like himself. The social circle was something of a lifeline for Harroch, 30, an introverted finance executive who left home to study in France. With…

  • Out of jail, self-exiled Jewish author vows to fight Austria fraud conviction

    (JTA) — Stephan Templ, a critic of Austria’s handling of Jewish property, was released from prison after serving eight months following his controversial conviction for fraud on his mother’s application for restitution. Templ, 56, left Austria for his home in Prague in the Czech Republic shortly after his release Friday, in self exile over his conviction, which he…