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Cnaan Liphshiz is based in the Netherlands, where he reports on Jewish life throughout Europe. Born in Israel, he previously worked as foreign news editor for Maariv and as a reporter for Haaretz.

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  • William Goldman, who wrote ‘Princess Bride’ and ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ dies at 87

    (JTA) — William Goldman, a novelist and screenwriter who twice won the Oscars for his work on “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” died at the age of 87. Goldman, who was Jewish, passed away Thursday night in his Manhattan home, surrounded by family and friends at the age of…

  • A Jewish lawyer is Steve Bannon’s main ally in uniting Europe’s right

    BRUSSELS (JTA) — Europe has pro-Trump populists far more powerful and better known than Mischael Modrikamen, the leader of Belgium’s small People’s Party. There is Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front, who clinched more than a third of the votes – about 10 million of them — in the 2017 presidential elections with her nationalist and anti-Islam platform. Or Mateo…

  • Stabber shot by Dutch police was seeking Jewish and Christian victims, prosecutors say

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Syrian asylum seeker shot by police officers in The Hague after stabbing three people was looking for Jewish or Christian victims, prosecutors said. On Wednesday, prosecutors said the officers lawfully and justifiably discharged their weapons in the May 5 shooting of the man who has been identified in the Dutch media…

  • Early elections in Israel? Netanyahu says he’s ‘confident’ his coalition partners won’t topple the government

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he is confident his coalition partners would not topple his government. Netanyahu’s office issued a statement amid early election talk within the Jewish Home party, which can force Israel to go to the ballots a year earlier than planned by leaving the country’s governing coalition….

  • New York state councilman sorry for suggesting Orthodox Jews aren’t ‘normal’

    (JTA) — A councilman in upstate New York apologized for a text that juxtaposed Orthodox Jews with “normal” ones. Peter Bradley, a member of the Clarkstown Town Council in Rockland County, apologized on Nov. 12 and again the following day at a council meeting for the statements he made on Nov. 2, less than a…

  • Argentina arrests 2 brothers with suspected links to Hezbollah

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Police in Argentina arrested two brothers suspected of ties to Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement based on information provided by local Jews. The men, in their 20s, were arrested Thursday in the capital, Buenos Aires. Police discovered a small arsenal that included a rifle, one shotgun and a number of pistols, among…

  • Palestinian shunned for selling land to Jews to be buried in Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — A chief rabbi of Jerusalem allowed a Palestinian man to be buried in a Jewish cemetery following his body’s exclusion by imams over his sale of real estate to Jews. Aryeh Stern, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel’s capital, ruled this week as a rabbinical judge that Alah Kirsh may be buried at…

  • Kentucky bars state contractors from involvement in Israel boycott

    (JTA) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order banning the award of state contracts to companies that participate in campaigns to boycott Israel. Bevin, a Republican, signed the order at a ceremony Thursday at the Kentucky Capitol with Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Ron Dermer, and the consul general of Israel to the Southeast United…

  • Photo of Hitler hugging girl with Jewish ancestry auctioned for $11,520

    (JTA) — A photograph of Adolf Hitler hugging a child with Jewish roots and a letter by Albert Einstein predicting the rise of Nazi anti-Semitism each fetched five-figure sums at separate auctions. The picture, dated 1933, was sold earlier this week for $11,520 at the Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, CNN reported. It…

  • US to vote ‘No’ rather than abstain on UN resolution about Israel’s control of Golan

    (JTA) — The United States will vote “No” on a U.N. resolution criticizing Israel’s control of the Golan Heights rather than abstain as it has in previous years. Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, announced her country’s decision in a statement Thursday about a General Assembly vote scheduled for Friday. “In…