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  • British journalist accused of beating protester against Labour anti-Semitism

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The chairman of a Dutch Jewish group said that he had been assaulted by a prominent ally of Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour party, during that politician’s recent visit to the Netherlands. Hidde J. van Koningsveld, chairman of the CiJo student group, complained to police about an alleged altercation with writer…

  • Need tefillin? There’s an app for that.

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — You can call a taxi, order a hamburger, rent a film and buy a book with a few clicks of a smartphone. So why shouldn’t it be as easy to score a set of tefillin? That, at least, was the question that led to the launch last month of Wrapp — an app…

  • Budapest soccer club honors coach killed by Nazi collaborators

    (JTA) — A soccer club in Budapest honored a local Holocaust victim murdered by Hungarian collaborators. The Ferencváros Torna Club dedicated its match Thursday against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv to István Tóth. The UEFA Europa League qualifier at Groupama Stadium in Budapest ended in a 1-1 tie. The tribute was a joint initiative of the soccer…

  • UK Jewish communal leader suspended for anti-Muslim, Arab rhetoric

    (JTA) — The main Jewish group in England suspended for six years a senior deputy who shared on Twitter a text describing Arabs as “the vilest of animals.” Roslyn Pine, the deputy for Finchley United Synagogue, was told she was suspended for the next two triennials after the Board of Deputies of British Jews’ Constitution…

  • Haredi Orthodox burn Jewish prayer book to protest women’s service at Western Wall

    (JTA) — Haredi Orthodox protesters burned a Jewish prayer book near the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Friday to protest the monthly prayer service there by female worshippers. The incident occurred as nearly 200 Women of the Wall activists arrived for the service in celebration of the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av. Several…

  • Jewish professor assaulted by Palestinian, then tackled by police in Germany

    (JTA) — German police officers wrestled to the ground and arrested a 50-year-old visiting professor wearing a kippah after he was assaulted in a Bonn park allegedly by a 20-year-old man with Palestinian roots. The incident Wednesday is believed to be an anti-Semitic assault, according to the DPA news agency. Police apologized for what they…

  • Ahead of the Trump-Putin summit, 5 things you probably didn’t know about Finland and the Jews

    (JTA) — Next week’s summit meeting between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Finland recasts the Scandinavian nation in a role it had not occupied in decades: that of a political bridge and broker between Russia and the West. An EU democracy whose border with Russia is longer than the distance…

  • Haredi Orthodox rabbi’s daughter gets top honors from Belgian college

    (JTA) — The daughter of a haredi Orthodox rabbi from Antwerp was among eight recipients of a special distinction for excellence from one of Belgium’s largest colleges. Rezi Friedman, who graduated this year with a bachelor’s degree in child psychology, received the Karel de Grote University College’s annual Grote Award on Saturday night, the Het…

  • French Jewish woman’s killer found unfit to stand trial in 2nd evaluation

    (JTA) — The suspect in the alleged murder of a Jewish physician in Paris was not responsible for his actions, a second psychiatric evaluation determined. The president of the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities protested the court’s decision to revisit the issue of suitability to stand trial of Kobili Traore, which the court pursued on its…

  • Kosher restaurant attacker in Amsterdam convicted but avoids more jail time

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Syrian asylum seeker who smashed the widows of a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam was convicted Wednesday of vandalism but will not have to spend more time in jail. A criminal court in the Dutch capital gave Saleh Ali, who attacked the HaCarmel restaurant in December while waving a Palestinian flag, a…