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  • This activist trolls anti-Israel protesters on a daily basis in Amsterdam

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — On one of the Dutch capital’s busiest squares, a middle-aged Jewish man draped in an Israeli flag bellows insults at another man holding a Palestinian flag and posters promoting a boycott of Israel. The shouting startles a woman buying a herring sandwich from a food truck parked between the men on Leidse…

  • Family blames handler for suicide of son who informed on Jewish extremists

    (JTA) — The family of a man who informed on Jewish extremists wants an investigation into why he committed suicide. The father of the 20-year-old informer blames the man’s handler at the Israel Security Agency, who knew the informant was distraught but “did nothing.” The informer, identified in the Israeli media only as A, hanged himself…

  • Richard Pipes, historian of Russia and Reagan aide, dies at 94

    (JTA) — Richard Pipes, the author of a monumental series of historical works on Russia and a top advisor to the Reagan administration, died in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of 94. His son Daniel confirmed the death, the New York Times reported Thursday. Pipes, who spent his entire academic career at Harvard, took his…

  • IDF’s first blind officer owes it all to her mom

    (JTA) — Israel’s army received its first-ever blind officer. Hila Meudah, 24, was posted recently to the Military Advocate General as a legal advisor to the Israel Air Force, the Makor Rishon daily reported Thursday. The Israel Defense Forces paid for her studies at Bar Ilan University to be a lawyer after she agreed to…

  • Dozens of young Jews in London say Kaddish for dead Palestinians

    (JTA) — A few dozen young people in London said Kaddish, the Jewish mourning prayer, for Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during clashes in Gaza. Wednesday’s event was advertised on the Facebook page of Meretz UK, the British branch of the left-leaning Israeli political party. The activists gathered outside Parliament Square , reading the names…

  • Muslim man arrested outside French Jewish school for shouting insults

    (JTA) — A man shouted about Allah outside a Paris-region Jewish school and accused the people inside of killing children. The man was arrested and placed in a psychiatric institution after the incident on Wednesday outside the Bet Hillel Jewish school in the northwestern Paris suburb of Levallois Perret, according to the National Bureau for…

  • Suburban Paris synagogue nixes chief rabbi event amid fear of violence over Gaza

    (JTA) — Amid fears of anti-Semitic violence at anti-Israel protests in and around Paris, a synagogue of a southern suburb cancelled for undisclosed reasons an event featuring the city’s chief rabbi. The event planned for Wednesday evening with Rabbi Michel Gugenheim at the Yaguel Yaacov synagogue in Montrouge was postponed abruptly hours before it was…

  • Iceland says it will ignore boycott petition and take part in Jerusalem Eurovision contest

    (JTA) — Iceland is slated to take part in next year’s Eurovision song contest in Israel despite a popular petition calling to boycott the event, the country’s national broadcaster said. Commenting on the petition, which received more than 11,000 signatures Tuesday, Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, program director of the RÚV broadcaster, told the MBL news site: “We…

  • Scholars restore pages on sexuality that Anne Frank erased from diary

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Researchers in the Dutch capital have recovered two pages from one of Anne Frank’s diaries that contain passages on sexuality. The pages’ content had remained unknown for decades because Frank had erased them. They were also covered by sheets of brown paper glued on top of them. The pages were part of one…

  • Spanish court scraps municipality’s boycott of Israel, calling it unconstitutional, discriminatory

    (JTA) — Pro-Israel activists in Spain obtained a court ruling voiding a municipality’s motion to boycott the Jewish state as unconstitutional. The 2nd Administrative Court of Castellón de la Plana delivered its ruling earlier this month on the June 2017 resolution to boycott Israel passed by the city council of Benlloch, a village of 1,115…