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  • Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to face rape charges

    (JTA) — Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police custody in New York on rape and sexual abuse charges. The disgraced movie mogul, who is Jewish, surrendered in Manhattan on Friday on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, the officials told The New York Times on Thursday….

  • Who killed a Polish Holocaust hero? His family may be close to finding out.

    (JTA) — Josef Kopf survived Sobibor by killing a guard and staging the first successful escape from that death camp in Poland, where the Nazis murdered 250,000 Jews. But Kopf, whose unlikely escape in 1943 preceded by several months a full-scale uprising at Sobibor, did not live to see Nazi Germany’s defeat. After the liberation…

  • Targeting of Jews in the Netherlands hits a 5-year high

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Discrimination against Jews in the Netherlands nearly doubled in 2017, reaching a five-year high that accounts for 41 percent of all the xenophobic incidents recorded. A report published last month by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service listed 144 confirmed criminal offenses last year involving xenophobia, including intimidation, vandalism, assault and incitement to hate…

  • Brussels police officers say ex-boss denied Holocaust and insulted Jews

    (JTA) — A senior police officer in Belgium was transferred from his post for the duration of an investigation into claims that he abused Jewish subordinates and denied the Holocaust. So far, five of the 15 officers who had served under Commissioner Geert Verhoeyen at the canine police unit of Brussels Midi complained about his…

  • Dutch TV denies spoof of Israeli Eurovision song was anti-Semitic

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch broadcaster that aired a spoof of Israel’s Eurovision song said the parody was not anti-Semitic, but declined to answer questions about the content that prompted the allegations. In a statement to JTA Tuesday, the BNNVARA state-funded broadcaster defended its spoof Sunday of “Toy” by Netta Barzilai by saying it is…

  • Ex-teacher sentenced for molesting 13-year-old at Dutch Jewish school

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – A Dutch court sentenced to 1.5 years in prison a former teacher who molested a teenager at an Orthodox school near Amsterdam. Ephraim Schrijver, 30 left the Netherlands for Israel in 2012 amid allegations that he molested several pupils at the Cheider school in Buitenveldert near the Dutch capital.He was extradited in 2016…

  • Sapling from Anne Frank’s tree twice cut down in Holland park

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A sapling from the tree mentioned in Anne Frank’s diary was cut down twice in southern Holland and its commemorative plaque was stolen. The sapling from Waalwijk, a town located 70 miles south of the Dutch capital, was planted from a cutting of a chestnut tree that in 2010 collapsed outside the…

  • Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone quits Labour party amid anti-Semitism row

    (JTA) — Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London whose membership in the Labour Party has exposed the British political party to allegations of anti-Semitism, said he would leave it. Livingstone has been suspended since 2016 over his repeated claims that Adolf Hitler was a supporter of Zionism. “I am loyal to the Labour Party…

  • Dutch state TV’s spoof of Israeli Eurovision song was anti-Semitic, critics charge

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch state-funded television show spoofed Israel’s winning Eurovision song, prompting protests by critics who said the parody features anti-Semitic cliches about Jews and money. The parody of the song “Toy” by Netta Barzilai was aired Sunday on a program hosted by  comedian Sanne Wallis de Vries. The parody, aired on the public…

  • 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…