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  • Belgian trade union boss says Israel kills Palestinian kids for their organs

    (JTA) — A university lecturer and senior executive of one of Belgium’s main trade unions wrote that Israel poisons Palestinians and kills their children for their organs. Robrecht Vanderbeeken is the cultural secretary of the ACOD trade union and a philosophy of science scholar affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His column repeating charges vehemently…

  • Chabad leader accuses Sweden of ‘persecuting’ couple who home-school their kids

    (JTA) — One of Chabad movement’s top rabbis accused Sweden of “persecution” against a Hasidic couple who sought to home-school their children in Gothenburg. Berel Lazar, one of Russia’s two chief rabbis, made the allegation in an open letter dated Oct. 10 that he addressed to the Swedish government. He complained about heavy fines imposed…

  • Dutch activists seek release of archive on Holocaust war criminals

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch tribunal will decide whether to release the names of Holocaust-era war criminals whose identity is currently shielded by privacy laws. Researchers and Nazi hunters say it may be the last chance to identify and punish war criminals who may still be alive. The ruling, expected next week in the Dutch…

  • British Jews apply for German citizenship in dramatic numbers

    (JTA) — British Jews are applying for German citizenship in dramatic numbers, seeking a second European Union passport under a law designed to repatriate Jews whose families lost their German citizenship under the Nazis. The number of Britons seeking German citizenship rose from 43 in 2015 to 1,667 last year. The applications, which increased following…

  • Israel offers free online course for local version of SATs

    (JTA) — Israel’s government launched a free online training platform that will help prospective students prepare for a key college entrance exam. The new course, called Campus, is a direct challenge to the country’s  private test prep industry, on which Israelis pay $80 million a year, according to the Ministry for Social Equality, which launched the Campus…

  • Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner get married in Jewish ceremony

    (JTA) — Joshua Kushner, the brother of President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared, officially tied the knot with supermodel Karlie Kloss. Joshua Kushner, 33, whose older sibling is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, proposed to Kloss earlier this year. They were married Thursday in a small, Jewish ceremony in upstate New York, with fewer than…

  • Christian cemetery vandalized near Jerusalem

    (JTA) — Several tombstones and crucibles were vandalized at a Christian cemetery and monetary near Beth Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. Monks on Sunday discovered the vandalism, including the toppling of tombstones and smashing of tombs, Antonio Scudo, an Italian monk from the Bait Jimal Salesian monastery, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Some 30 graves…

  • Dutch state-funded broadcaster pulls South Park spoof with Holocaust jokes

    (JTA) — A public broadcaster in the Netherlands aired and then took offline an animation series featuring jokes about the Holocaust and suggestions that Jews persecute Palestinians. The jokes appeared in a 10-minute animation clip parodying “South Park,” the popular American series. “Mocro Park” was created for a publicly funded broadcaster popular with Dutch Arabs, and…

  • When Dutch Jews found haven in an anti-Semitic Hungary

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — When her classmates were sent from occupied Holland to death camps, Emmy Korodi and her Dutch-Jewish family were safe in Hungary — one of Nazi Germany’s closest allies. Her family were among some 90 Jews who, at the height of World War II, survived for the unlikeliest reasons: They fled the Germans and…

  • Jewish woman, 70, kicked in the face while protesting Labour anti-Semitism, report claims

    (JTA) — A demonstrator protesting Labour’s handling of its anti-Semitism problem was kicked in the face outside a London meeting of pro-Palestinian supporters of the party, witnesses said. The incident, which left the protester moderately injured, occurred on Tuesday night outside the Mayton Street venue for an event titled “Corbyn, Antisemitism and Justice for Palestine…