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Croatian Jews to boycott country’s official Holocaust commemorations

April 5, 2016, by

The Jewish community in Croatia said it will boycott the country’s official Holocaust commemoration events this year to protest alleged government inaction to curb neo-Nazism. The Coordinating Committee of the Jewish Communities of Croatia said it would hold its own commemoration “in line with Jewish tradition” instead of participating in the government one, the Voice of America reported Monday. The

United Nations: ‘Miscommunication’ behind ban of Israel’s Zionism display

April 5, 2016, by

A “miscommunication” led the United Nations to ban a display about Zionism from an Israeli exhibition at its headquarters in New York, a spokesman told JTA. Hours after the exhibition opened Monday morning, an initially banned display panel about Zionism was added. But the U.N. stood firm in banning two other panels that Israel had proposed — one

ISIS reportedly planning ‘imminent’ attack on Jewish school in Turkey

March 29, 2016, by

From the JTA: Islamic State terrorists are planning an “imminent” attack on Jewish kindergartens, schools and youth centers in Turkey, according to Sky News. The most likely target is a synagogue in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, which is attached to a community center and school, the British news service reported Monday. The report is likely referring to the Neve

Senior Brussels Rabbi: Belgian Authorities Know Nothing About Security

March 25, 2016, by

From the JTA: Amid revelations of perceived failures in Belgium’s handling of terror threats, a prominent rabbi from Brussels said Belgian authorities “have no understanding of security issues.” Rabbi Menachem Hadad of Brussels’  Shomre Hadas haredi Orthodox community made the remarks in an interview Thursday with Israel’s Army Radio about concerns that Belgium lacks the counterterrorism capabilities

Teen Arrested for Drawing Swastika in Cedarhurst, NY

March 22, 2016, by

From the JTA: A suburban New York teen was arrested for drawing two swastikas on the sidewalk in a heavily Jewish community. The swastikas were discovered earlier this month two blocks apart in Cedarhurst, a town on Long Island, New York. Children who saw the swastikas on the sidewalk on their way to school on March 7

Final Group of Jews from Yemen Airlifted to Israel in Secret Mission

March 21, 2016, by

From the JTA: A group of the last remaining Jews from Yemen arrived in Israel in a secret operation coordinated by the Jewish Agency for Israel. The 19 Jews who arrived Sunday include 14 from Raydah, including the community’s rabbi, and a family of five from Sanaa, the capital. The rabbi brought with him a

Anti-Semitic Slogans, Swastikas Painted on Synagogue in France

March 15, 2016, by

From the JTA: Unidentified individuals painted anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas on a synagogue in the French city of Verdun but failed to break in. Congregants discovered the vandalism on Saturday morning, Jean Blacharz, the local community’s vice president, told the L’Est Républicain daily. He added that the incident was the first of its kind in recent memory in Verdun,

Suburban Boston Principal Sorry for Not Reporting 2 Anti-Semitic Incidents

March 10, 2016, by

From the Forward: The principal of a suburban Boston middle school apologized to parents for failing to notify them about two anti-Semitic incidents at the school, days after he notified them about a third incident. The words “Burn the Jews” was written on the wall of a boys’ bathroom at the F.A. Day Middle School

Palestinian Terrorist Kills US Tourist, Wounds 10 in Jaffa Stabbing Spree

March 8, 2016, by

From The Times of Israel: An American tourist was killed and at least 10 people were injured Tuesday evening when a Palestinian man carried out a stabbing spree in Jaffa. Five of the injured were described as being in critical condition. The terrorist stabbed his victims in at least three locations in an attack that