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  • New York appeals court overturns Hasidic man’s conviction in assault of gay black man

    (JTA) — A New York state appeals court overturned the conviction of a Hasidic Jewish man who was found guilty in the beating of a gay black man. The Second Judicial Department Appellate Division on Wednesday overturned Mayer Herskovic’s conviction from last year in the beating of Taj Patterson, who became blind in one eye…

  • Suspected Palestinian terrorist nabbed near Nablus

    (JTA) — Israeli security services apprehended a man they said stabbed a soldier and caused the injury of a bystander in the West Bank. The suspect in Wednesday’s stabbing is a 19-year-old Palestinian resident of the Jamain village in the West Bank, the Israel Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday. He was captured near Nablus. He allegedly…

  • Danish Jews recall community’s rescue from the Nazis 75 years ago

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (JTA) — Danish Jews celebrated their community’s rescue 75 years ago in a ceremony Thursday at the country’s main synagogue, the packed sanctuary filled with dozens of survivors and luminaries. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was among those on hand at the Great Synagogue of Copenhagen, joining Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Danish…

  • Swedish Jewish politician’s house burnt in suspected hate crime

    (JTA) — The house of a Swedish politician who has been the target of anti-Semitic harassment was set on fire in what his community is calling a hate crime. The incident occurred on Tuesday night in the southern city of Lund, the Council of Swedish Jewish Communities wrote in a statement. It did not name…

  • An Orthodox rabbi’s daughter wants to make political history in Belgium

    ANTWERP, Belgium (JTA) — At 23, Rezi Friedman can already boast credentials matched by few women in her community. Her prestigious alma mater, this city’s Karel de Grote University College, from where she graduated last year with a degree in clinical psychology, awarded her a distinction for excellence. It was partly in recognition of her…

  • Dutch diplomat was punished for saving Jews in the Holocaust, new book reveals

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch Foreign Ministry reprimanded a diplomat who overstepped his authority to save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust and deprived him of royal honors, new research shows. The research into the treatment of Jan Zwartendijk, who was honorary consul of the Netherlands in what today is Lithuania, is part of a…

  • Jewish community, Malmo officials working to resume kosher meat sales in Swedish city

    (JTA) — The City of Malmo in Sweden is working with the local Jewish community to resume the sale of kosher meat there following its suspension for technical and food safety reasons, municipal officials said. The suspension was ordered Sept. 20 during a municipal inspection at the ICA Kvantum Malmborgs Limhamn shop, which had sold frozen kosher…

  • In rare rebuke, a Russian chief rabbi slams missile transfer to Syria as ‘mistake’

    (JTA) — A chief rabbi of Russia said that Moscow’s decision to give Syria advanced anti-aircraft missiles is a “mistake,” offering a rare rebuke of his country’s defense policy. Berel Lazar, of the Chabad movement, made his remarks Thursday at a conference organized by the Limmud FSU cultural group in Sighet, Romania. Russia is giving…

  • Non-Jewish activists show Jewish cemeteries’ destruction in Polish parliament exhibit

    (JTA) — An exhibition highlighting the destruction of Jewish cemeteries in Poland opened in that country’s parliament. A group of non-Jewish activists called Currently Absent launched the exhibition bearing the same title on Tuesday at the Sejm, the Polish parliament, where it was hosted by Speaker Marek Kuchcinski of the ruling Law and Justice party….

  • Swedish prosecutors appeal decision not to deport Gazan who firebombed synagogue

    (JTA) — Swedish prosecutors appealed to their country’s Supreme Court against a lower tribunal’s decision not to deport a Palestinian immigrant who firebombed a synagogue. The unusual appeal announced Thursday by the Public Prosecutor’s Office is of a June court decision not to deport Gaza-born Feras Alnadim, who attacked a synagogue in Gothernburg in December with…