Tuesday, July 23, 2019 -
Print Edition
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

Esther Voet

Dutch Purim prank about anti-Semitism doesn’t go down well

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands’ main Jewish weekly is the kingdom’s oldest commercial magazine and one of its most reputable publications. Which is why many Dutch...

Police in Christchurch, New Zealand, after shootings at two mosques on March 15, 2019. (Screenshot)

New Zealand Jews sickened by deadly mosque attacks

Jewish groups from New Zealand and beyond expressed their horror at the slaying of at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch Friday. The New Zealand Jewish...

Puppets of Jews on display at the Aalst Carnaval in Belgium on March 3, 2019. (Courtesy of FJO)

Belgium float makers defend anti-Semitic puppets

BRUSSELS — I initially had some sympathy for the creators of an anti-Semitic carnival float in Belgium. Studying their CVs and past creations for the annual carnival...

Members of the Jewish community of Mallorca, Spain, attend a Tu b'Shvat picnic, Feb. 10, 2019. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

For Purim, Mallorcan Jews didn’t need to hide

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain — On this island south of Barcelona, Jews celebrate Purim these days pretty much as they do most anywhere else in Europe — finally. There is...

Puppets of Jews on display at the Aalst Carnaval in Belgium on March 3, 2019. (Courtesy of FJO)

Belgian mayor defends anti-Semitic float

BRUSSELS — The mayor of the Belgian city whose annual parade featured puppets of Jews and a rat atop money bags defended the display, telling the local media that...

A view of Pelourinho Square in Belmonte, Portugal (Filipe Rocha/Wikmedia)

The Inquisition isn’t just history here

BELMONTE, Portugal — To a casual observer, the weekend routines of the Jewish community of this placid town of about 6,000 in eastern Portugal are deceptively normal....

L-r: Dominique Sopo, Sacha Ghozlan, Mohamed Sifaoui and Sen. David Assouline attend the annual commemoration for the HyperCacher victims of 2015. (Alain Azria)

Post HyperCacher: French unity overtaken by hate

PARIS — Four years ago, a heartbroken Bernard-Henri Levy found some solace in how more than a million Frenchmen marched through this city to protest extremism. The...

Cnaan Liphshiz at Amsterdam's Albert Cuyp Market, Jan. 5, 2018.

Synagogue going inspires dumpster diving

AMSTERDAM — I was recently offered a handout while rummaging for food in a heap of trash as my two small children looked on. It happened all because I wanted to start...

Murray Lee standing outside his London real estate agency, Dec. 13, 2018.

Pro-Brexit voters have second thoughts

LONDON — Two-and-half years ago, Murray Lee voted in favor of the United Kingdom leaving the EU. A Jewish real-estate agent from northern London, Murray shared the...

EU officials Frans Timmermans and Vera Jourova at the news conference about the anti-Semitism survey results, Dec. 10, 2018. (John Thys/AFP/Getty)

Poll: European anti-Semitism growing

AMSTERDAM — The last time that a stranger directed an anti-Semitic insult at me, I was carrying supplies for my son’s birthday party. It was on a Sunday afternoon on...