In the Spanish town of León, locals toast Easter with a ‘Kill Jews’ cocktail

LEÓN, Spain (JR) — It’s the week before Easter in León, an ancient city in northwest Spain, and locals have poured into the streets to knock back glasses of wine-lemonade, an annual festivity that’s sometimes punctuated with a cheerful cry: “Matar judíos,” or “Kill Jews.” “Semana Santa,” or Holy Week, is the most important religious […]

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On the first anniversary of Evan Gershkovich’s arrest, Biden says his detention will ‘cost’ Russia

WASHINGTON (JR) — President Joe Biden said the United States would continue to “impose costs” on Russia for its imprisonment of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested one year ago. The Journal marked the March 29 anniversary by leaving most of its front page empty below a headline reading, “HIS STORY SHOULD […]

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Amsterdam, atoning for role in delivering Jews to the Nazis, pledges donation and memorials at tram stops

(JR) — Amsterdam’s public tram company, GVB, will place memorials at three central locations where it transported Dutch Jews into the clutches of the Nazis during the Holocaust. The city of Amsterdam is also donating 100,000 Euros — and potentially more in the future — to local Jewish groups to divest itself of its revenue […]

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What’s behind Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ‘firm’ support for Hamas?

(JR) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s assertion earlier this month that Turkey “firmly backs” Hamas was the culmination of months in which the Turkish president has lambasted Israel’s war in Gaza. The feud between the two countries did not end there. Last week, Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish envoy for a reprimand after Erdogan berated […]

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UK authorities investigating alleged mistreatment of Israeli Oct. 7 survivors by airport security

(JR) – British authorities Monday said they were investigating an incident in which two Israeli survivors of the Oct. 7 attack were detained and harassed at the Manchester airport. Brothers Daniel and Neriyah Sharabi told news outlets they were held by airport security for two hours after mentioning they had survived Hamas’ massacre at the […]

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Faculty at Italy’s University of Turin vote to exit an Israel research pact amid Gaza war protests

(JR) — The University of Turin is suspending a collaboration agreement with Israeli universities and research institutes after a wave of student protests over the Israel-Hamas war. The school’s academic senate voted on Wednesday to ban participation in an initiative financing joint research projects between Italy and Israel while rejecting calls for a broader cessation […]

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The mystery of Kate Middleton’s disappearance casts a spotlight on Jewish Sassoon family’s Chinese history

(JR) — Internet sleuths scouring photographs to understand the befuddling tumult in Britain’s royal family believe they have solved a different mystery: what happened to artifacts taken from China during the Qing Dynasty. Their conclusion, in turn, is drawing renewed attention to the imperial spoils of one of the wealthiest and most influential Jewish families […]

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Many Ukrainian Jews have left over 2 years of war. Many others are still invested in their local communities.

KYIV, Ukraine (JR) — Before their country was plunged into war, the synagogue in Kropyvnytskyi, a city in central Ukraine, was lucky to get 20 people to attend Shabbat services. But two years after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the arrival of more than a dozen Jewish families from the country’s traumatized Eastern regions has invigorated […]

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