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  • Austrian state mulls limiting kosher meat sale to registered Jews

    (JTA) — A regional politician in Austria defended a plan to limit access to kosher meat, conditioning its sale on permits that would be individually issued to observant Jews. The Wiener Zeitung daily reported Tuesday about the draft decree in the state of Lower Austria, one of nine states that make up the federal Republic…

  • Poland honors satirist who said Jews create anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — A Polish satirist who in 2016 made anti-Semitic jokes on television and later accused Jews of fomenting hatred against themselves was awarded his country’s highest distinction for artists. Ryszard Makowski, 62, was awarded the Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture on Thursday along with 20 others by Culture Minister Piotr Gliński in…

  • 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…