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  • Acid placed in stroller burns French rabbi’s baby

    (JTA) — The baby daughter of a French rabbi was burned after being exposed to acid placed in her carriage. The 14-month-old girl suffered burns on her back and thighs Monday in the city of Bron, near Lyon, Le Parisien daily reported Wednesday. The baby is not in danger, according to the report. The acid…

  • Austrian Jewish students disrupt Cabinet minister’s speech calling government ‘not kosher’

    VIENNA (JTA) – Jewish students in Austria disrupted a Cabinet minister’s speech at a Vienna conference on anti-Semitism over the fact that the government includes politicians from the far-right Freedom Party. On Wednesday, the students unfurled a banner reading “Mr. Kurz! Your government is not kosher!” during an address by Education Minister Heinz Fassmann. Sebastian…

  • Ruderman Foundation campaign urges US to suspend ties with Poland over Holocaust law

    (JTA) – The Ruderman Family Foundation, an American Jewish philanthropic organization, launched a campaign urging the United States to suspend its ties with Poland over that country’s law on rhetoric about the Holocaust. The campaign includes a petition for suspension hosted on the NeverDeny.org website and a professionally produced video message. It shows men, women…

  • Danish petition appears likely to force vote on banning circumcision

    VIENNA (JTA) — Danish anti-circumcision activists have collected nearly 20,000 signatures out of the 50,000 they need to create a bill proposing to ban non-medical circumcision for boys. With another five months to collect the remaining 30,000 signatures, the petition by the group Denmark Intact appears likely to reach its goal of forcing a vote in…

  • Poland’s prime minister said some Jews collaborated with Nazis. Scholars say he distorted history.

    (JTA) — The row between Poland and Israel about the Holocaust reached new heights this week after Poland’s prime minister said that the genocide had not only Polish, Ukrainian and German perpetrators, but Jewish ones as well. Addressing a new law that criminalizes blaming Poland for Nazi crimes, Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview Saturday…

  • Orthodox school in Antwerp says employee wrong to instruct teachers not to teach evolution, reproduction

    (JTA) — A haredi Orthodox school for girls in Antwerp has distanced itself from a document handed out by an employee of a high school instructing  teachers not to speak with students about sex and evolution. The Gazet van Antwerpen daily reported Monday on the document titled “general instructions,” prompting the Flemish education minister, Hilde…

  • Dutch aid group for Syrians accused of discriminating against job seeker with Jewish ties

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A job seeker said she was advised to hide her ties to the Jewish community during an interview with a Dutch state-funded group trying to help Syrian immigrants integrate. Laura Vrijsen, who is not Jewish, wrote earlier this month in the Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad weekly about her 2017 interview for Association Again…

  • Hosting BDS founder at European Parliament encourages anti-Semitism, Jewish leaders say

    (JTA) — The Jewish communities of Lisbon and Belgium protested a Portuguese lawmaker’s invitation to a founder of the boycott movement against Israel to speak at the European Parliament in Brussels. Yohan Benizri, president of the CCOJB umbrella group of French-speaking Jewish communities in Belgium, and Gabriel Steinhardt, president of the Jewish Community of Lisbon,…

  • French-Jewish group that accused Israel of causing anti-Semitism loses state funding

    (JTA) — French officials asked a Jewish group that supports a blanket boycott of Israel to pay back state subsidies that it received to combat racism but had used to accuse the Jewish state of causing anti-Semitism. The Jewish French Union for Peace, UJFP, received in 2016 more than $22,000 from the General Commissariat for…

  • Netanyahu: Polish PM’s mentioning of ‘Jewish Holocaust perpetrators’ is outrageous

    (JTA) — In defending a controversial law limiting rhetoric on the Holocaust, Poland’s prime minister again angered Israeli politicians by saying that the genocide had ”Jewish perpetrators.” Mateusz Morawiecki said this Saturday at the Munich Security Conference during an interview with Ronen Bergman, an Israeli journalist, in which he spoke about the law passed earlier…