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  • Jewish couple in Belgium targeted with death threats

    (JTA) — A Jewish woman living in Belgium said her family has been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse since one of their neighbors discovered they were Jews. The woman, identified only as Nicole, 43, in an article published last month by the La Meuse regional daily about her ordeal, had been living for over two years…

  • Palestinian jailed in Switzerland for assault on Jewish man wearing kippah

    (JTA) — A Palestinian man who assaulted a Jewish man wearing a kippah on a train in Switzerland was sentenced to four months in prison but was not convicted of a hate crime. The incident occurred in February aboard a train near Lausanne, the German-language 20 Minuten news website reported Monday. It had not been reported…

  • Before her suicide, a Dutch Holocaust scholar saw deep threats to her life’s work

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – On July 19, Evelien Gans, one of the Netherlands’ foremost scholars on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, jumped to her death from her fourth-story Amsterdam apartment, where she lived alone. Gans, 67, a retired professor at the University of Amsterdam who had struggled with clinical depression for years, prepared her suicide with characteristic…

  • Swiss tourism official complains about behavior of Jewish guests

    (JTA) — A tourism official from the Davos area in Switzerland penned a letter complaining about the behavior of Jewish visitors, which was then translated into Hebrew and posted publicly at hotels. Reto Branschi, who heads the tourism office of the Davos skiing village and that of nearby Klosters, appears to aim his complaints at…

  • Elie Wiesel’s childhood home in Romania vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

    (JTA) — Unidentified individuals spray painted offensive graffiti on the external walls of a museum for Elie Wiesel in Romania, where he was also born, in what police said was an anti-Semitic incident. The florescent pink graffiti that was painted on the Memorial House Elie Wiesel in Sighet in eastern Romania read “public toilet” and…

  • 2 major funders of Israel join criticism of its nation-state law

    (JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America and The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, two organizations that provide major funding to projects in Israel, joined the criticism of Israel’s new nation-state law. Jewish Federations, which annually donates many millions of dollars to Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, focused its criticism on…

  • Tunisia, under pressure, lets 7-year-old Israeli in for chess tourney

    (JTA) — Following pressure, the Tunisian Chess Federation has agreed to allow a 7-year-old Israeli girl to participate in an international tournament in Tunisia. Tunisian authorities backtracked on their refusal to grant a visa to Liel Levitan for the World School Individual Championships next year in Sousse, France’s National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or…

  • DC rabbi says he found trash and bone fragments at Jewish mass graves in Ukraine

    (JTA) — A rabbi from Washington, D.C., said he and his children encountered trash and bone fragments scattered around the grounds of two former mass graves of Jews in Ukraine. Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue documented on Facebook his family visit last month to the grounds of what used to be the Janowska camp…

  • Jewish cemetery desecrated in Lithuania, leaving bones scattered

    (JTA) — A Jewish cemetery in Lithuania was desecrated and human remains were brought to the surface during digging connected to the laying of pipes. Pictures showing freshly dug soil, garbage and bone fragments on the grounds of the cemetery of Siauliai, in northern Lithuania, began circulating Wednesday on social media amid reports of a…

  • British teen visits Israeli city where terrorists killed her uncle

    (JTA) — The niece of a Scottish student who died in a Tel Aviv terrorist attack in 2002 visited that city with dozens of Jewish children from the United Kingdom, many of them seeing Israel for the first time. Chloe Jesner, 13, landed in Israel last month as part of a group of 100 British…