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  • Kiev synagogue was bugged, chief rabbi says

    (JTA) — Secret recording devices and other surveillance activities were discovered at one of Kiev’s main synagogues, according to a chief rabbi of Ukraine who said this “discredits the state.” Moshe Azman, one of two chief Orthodox rabbis in Ukraine, announced the discovery this month in a statement Tuesday. The synagogue’s security task force discovered…

  • Anti-Semitic attacks are rare in Russia but the sentiment is rife, studies suggest

    (JTA) — Russia saw fewer than 10 suspected hate crimes against Jews in the first half of 2018, a human rights watchdog critical of the government said in a report. The publishing this week of the SOVA Center’s report on anti-Semitism, which suggests a far lower risk to Jews in Russia than in Western Europe,…

  • French university students accused of ranking classmates’ levels of Jewishness in Facebook group

    (JTA) — University students in France listed and ranked Jewish classmates according to their level of affiliation as part of a string of jokes online and on campus featuring anti-Semitic hate speech, an alleged victim of this behavior said. The medical student at Paris 13 university, a 19-year-old woman identified only as Rose, filed a…

  • Jewish shop owner stabbed in botched Paris robbery

    (JTA) — A Jewish shop owner in Paris was stabbed and seriously wounded in what police are saying was a botched robbery. The incident, which the victim is expected to survive, happened Sunday night on Voltaire Boulevard, near the Bataclan night club that terrorists attacked in 2015, Le Parisien reported Monday. Nathan Chalom Mimoun, who…

  • In Europe, synagogues are protected like fortresses. It took decades to get there.

    BRUSSELS (JTA) — Will security at American Jewish institutions now mirror that of Europe, with its police protection, armed guards, panic rooms and sterile zones at synagogues? It’s a possibility that is being debated more seriously than ever before following the Tree of Life Congregation shooting Saturday in Pittsburgh in which a gunman killed 11 people. Rabbi…

  • Denmark won’t fund groups that promote boycott against Israel, foreign minister says

    (JTA) — Denmark won’t fund organizations that have ties to terrorists, engage in attempts to boycott Israel or question its right to exist, the government said in what activists called a significant step. Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen announced the new policy earlier this month is a document titled: ”Explanations about the conditions for Danish support…

  • British lawmaker blames Israel for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

    (JTA) — Jenny Tonge, a British House of Lords lawmaker with a history of making anti-Semitic statements, suggested that the Pittsburgh synagogue  shooting was the fault of Israel’s policy toward Palestinians. “Absolutely appalling and a criminal act, but does it ever occur to Bibi and the present Israeli government that it’s [sic] actions against Palestinians…

  • Pittsburgh shooting may be ‘turning point’ for US Jewish security, says European leader

    (JTA) — The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting should be a turning point for the security of American Jewish institutions, a former leader of Belgian Jewry said. Joel Rubinfeld, a former president of the CCOJB umbrella group of Belgian Jewish communities and the current president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, spoke with JTA about…

  • Dutch politician praises pro-Palestinian kite show featuring Nazi symbols

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch local politician praised artists who flew kites in his city featuring Nazi symbols and a picture of a rocket in solidarity with Gaza. Rens Reijnierse, a lawmaker from the southern city of Vlissingen, posted pictures of the kites last week on Twitter. “Kites at Pool Beach. Beautiful autumn day in…

  • Anti-Semitic graffiti appears almost daily at French universities, student leader says

    (JTA) — Anti-Semitic graffiti are becoming a regular occurrence in French institutions of higher learning, the head of the country’s Jewish student union said following a string of incidents. Sacha Ghozlan, the president of the Union of Jewish Students of France, issued a statement Wednesday after the discovery of graffiti targeting the dean of a Paris-area…