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  • Head of Brooklyn Jewish security patrol arrested for alleged rape

    (JTA) — Police in Brooklyn arrested the head of a private Orthodox Jewish security patrol for raping a teenage girl. Jacob Daskal, who started the Shomrim group of Borough Park nearly 30 years ago, was arrested Thursday over allegations that he had had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old between August and November of 2017, according to…

  • Gaza protests spur major increase in terrorist attacks on Israelis

    (JTA) — April saw the highest number of terrorist attacks this year against Israelis following a 60-percent increase from the 136 incidents recorded in March. Of the 223 attacks recorded in April, 192 involved firebombs, the Israel Security Agency said in its monthly report, published this week. The bulk of the increase occurred along Israel’s…

  • Prominent Ukrainian rabbi inaugurates prayer for Trump’s success

    (JTA) — The rabbi of Ukraine’s largest synagogue inaugurated a prayer for the success of President Donald Trump in defending Israel and the United States. Rabbi Moshe Azman, one of Ukraine’s chief rabbis, announced the prayer on Thursday on the website of this congregation, which based at the Brodsky Synagogue in the capital Kiev. It…

  • Why a gory Holocaust film is a blockbuster in Russia

    (JTA) — A decade ago, relatively few people in Russia even knew about the existence of Sobibor, the smallest-scale facility of the six killing centers that the Nazis built in occupied Poland. This relative obscurity persisted for decades in Russia, Israel and beyond despite the fact that the camp is tied to a dramatic story…

  • Amsterdam kosher eatery’s owner will close shop unless police curb vandalism

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The owner of a frequently vandalized kosher eatery in the Dutch capital said he will close it down unless city officials install permanent security measures outside his business. Sami Bar-On’s lawyer, Herman Loonstein, told the Het Parool daily Wednesday that his client feels it is “irresponsible to go on like this” at…

  • Army dress-up ‘feast’ planned at Lithuanian WWII killing site for Jews

    (JTA) — A Lithuanian museum housed in a camp where Nazis and collaborators murdered 50,000 Jews is hosting an event for families featuring battle re-enactments. The May 12 event, which the Kas Vyksta news website billed as a “feast,” is scheduled to take place at the Ninth Fort, a 19th century bunker complex that the…

  • A Dutch mosque says it converted a Holocaust survivor to Islam. Local Jews are skeptical.

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — On the national day of mourning for Holocaust victims in the Netherlands, a major mosque in the kingdom’s capital celebrated the conversion to Islam of a Jewish survivor of that genocide. At least, that’s what Amsterdam’s Blue Mosque said. According to its Facebook, 87-year-old Sal van Coeverden converted on May 4, the Dutch…

  • Blood and mud poured on Netherlands Holocaust monument

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Unidentified individuals poured blood and mud on a Holocaust monument in the Netherlands shortly after the country’s national day of mourning for its war victims. The blood was discovered shortly after the May 4 Memorial Day on the monument in Utrecht, 20 miles east of Amsterdam. It features the names of more than 1,200…

  • Dutch Jewish committee clears rabbi of molestation charges

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Following an investigation, the umbrella group of Dutch Jewish communities dismissed accusations that a local rabbi molested children in the United States. The Organization of Jewish Communities in the Netherlands, or NIK, last week announced the findings of its four-month probe of Rabbi Mendel Levine of Brooklyn, New York, who began serving the community of the eastern…

  • French director Jean-Luc Godard among dozens of film professionals to boycott Israel cinema event

    (JTA) – The French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard joined dozens of other film-industry professionals from France who vowed to boycott an event celebrating Israeli cinema. Godard, a pioneer of the 1960s New Wave cinema and an avowed Marxist who has fought accusations of anti-Semitism, added his name to a May 4 petition calling for a boycott…