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  • Human Rights Watch founder: Trump win encouraging European anti-Semites

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA) — A founder of Human Rights Watch warned that Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president is encouraging anti-Semitism in Europe. Aryeh Neier, an American Jew who was born in Nazi Germany, addressed the issue on Sunday at a talk about philanthropy and anti-Semitism during an event organized by the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian…

  • Leonard Cohen, my father and me

    Using his M-16 assault rifle as a pillow, my father awoke abruptly from a dreamless sleep by the pleading voice of a young woman outside his tent in the Sinai. The woman, a uniformed volunteer, was urging reservists like him to forego shuteye to hear a musician whose name she did not know, but who…

  • Trump: Israelis and Palestinians must negotiate peace themselves

    (JTA) — In his first long statement about Israel since winning the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump called the Jewish state a “beacon of hope” and vowed to help it make peace with the Palestinians without imposing solutions. Trump made the statement to Israel Hayom, an Israeli daily owned by Sheldon Adelson, a Jewish casino…

  • French court slaps $15,000 fine on admirer of quasi-Nazi salute

    (JTA) — A French court fined and gave a suspended prison sentence to a man who disseminated a picture of a quasi-Nazi salute being performed at a Jewish school. On Wednesday, the Toulouse Appeals Court hit Noel Gerard with a $15,000 fine and a six-month suspended term for incitement to hatred. In 2014, he shared…

  • Leonard Cohen eulogized by Netanyahu, Rivlin: Someone ‘who loved Israel’

    (JTA) — Israel’s president and prime minister both paid tribute to the Canadian Jewish singer and poet Leonard Cohen, who died at 82. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Cohen as “a talented artist and warmhearted Jew who loved the people of Israel and the state of Israel,” as he wrote Friday on Twitter. “I will…

  • Bones unearthed during contested dig at former Jewish cemetery in Ukraine

    LVIV, Ukraine (JTA) — City workers in a Ukraine city suspended their digging at a former Jewish cemetery amid controversy over the unearthing of human remains at the site. Pieces of skull and limbs were among the bones discovered last week at the Old Jewish Cemetery of Lviv, in western Ukraine, where diggers with heavy…

  • Trump advisers offer conflicting predictions on US Embassy move to Jerusalem

    (JTA) — Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump issued conflicting statements on whether he will keep his campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Walid Phares, a senior foreign policy adviser to Trump, said Thursday during an interview with the BBC, “Many presidents of the United States have committed…

  • Israel sees 1st significant rise this year in terrorist attacks

    (JTA) — The number of terrorist attacks recorded in Israel increased last month by almost 30 percent over September — the sharpest rise recorded in any given month over the past year. The Shin Bet recorded a total of 153 attacks in October, with nearly a third occurring in Jerusalem, compared to 109 attacks in…

  • Dutch mark Kristallnacht as Europe, US confront a wave of right-wing populism

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — His name was never mentioned during the Netherlands’ main commemoration event for Kristallnacht, but Donald Trump was likely on everyone’s mind at the ceremony at the Dutch capital’s majestic Portuguese Synagogue. It wasn’t for any imagined parallels between Trump’s election as U.S. president and the campaign of violence that the Nazis unleashed…

  • Dutch anti-Israel group holding Kristallnacht event in synagogue

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Dutch Jews warned against political abuse of the Holocaust’s memory following an Amsterdam synagogue’s controversial decision to host a commemoration that was organized by an anti-Israel group. The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, issued a statement condemning this perceived abuse on Wednesday, the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the…