Tag: Jews

Spielberg: 70 years after Holocaust Jews still face anti-Semitism

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg said on Monday he hoped that the Holocaust commemorations taking place in Poland on Tuesday will be a warning for future generations, in light of a rising tide of anti-Semitism and intolerance against Jews.   Spielberg was talking to Holocaust survivors in the southern Polish city of Krakow, ahead of the […]

Benjamin Netanyahu presented with emergency plan to absorb 120,000 French Jews

Indicating displeasure with Israel’s immigration promotion and absorption strategy, the Jewish People Policy Institute last week presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with its emergency plan for the absorption of 120,000 French immigrants.   According to the high profile Jerusalem think tank, which maintains close ties with the Jewish Agency and senior politicians, Israel has thus […]

Timmermans warns of Jewish exodus

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans suggested the issue was as urgent as the euro’s troubles.   “In some [EU] states the majority of the Jewish community is not sure they have a future in Europe,” he said.   France, with the EU’s biggest Jewish community, has announced sweeping anti-terror measures after Islamist attacks.   French […]

Many European Jews scared to identify as Zionists

Many European Jews are afraid to identify themselves as Zionists and supporters of Israel, the leaders of several national branches of the Women’s International Zionist Organization told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.   Speaking at the organization’s annual meeting in Tel Aviv, the heads of the WIZO branches in France, Belgium, Germany and Sweden described […]

Belgian Jews repudiate call for gun ownership

Belgian Jewish leaders denounced calls for their governments to issue gun permits to members of their communities this weekend, saying that such efforts could lead to harrowing consequences. Last week, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the Brussels-based head of the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the affiliated Rabbinical Center of Europe, sent a letter to senior officials […]

The idea that Jews feel unsafe is sickening

In a strongly expressed comment piece in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, British Premier David Cameron described how sickened he has been by recent instances of anti-Semitism.   “The idea that the Jewish people once again feels unsafe in Europe is a truly sickening thought that strikes at the heart of everything we stand for,” he […]

Terror threat in Europe shuts down Jewish schools

The only Orthodox Jewish school in the Netherlands was closed on Friday as a precautionary measure after an anti-terrorism raid in Belgium left two suspects dead.   There was no concrete threat against the Cheider School in Amsterdam, Dutch national broadcaster NOS said, citing the school’s Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs. School phones went unanswered Friday morning. […]

Jewish crisis has ‘nothing to do with Israel and the Palestinians’

In a modern synagogue in the capitol on Tuesday, alongside members of Congress, Obama administration officials and hundreds of deeply troubled Jewish Americans, France’s ambassador to the United States apologized for his country’s conduct last week.   “We failed,” Ambassador Gérard Araud told the audience. “We have not done enough. It’s obvious.”   Araud, once […]

‘Aliya should come from love, not fear’

French Jews should move to Israel out of love for their ancestral land and not out of fear, a senior official of the European nation’s central communal umbrella organization told The Jerusalem Post.   When asked about calls for aliya by senior Israeli officials following last week’s terrorist attack at a kosher grocers in Paris, […]

Half of Britain’s Jews Fear Future in Europe

Almost half of British Jewish people fear they have no long-term future in Britain or Europe, according to a new survey cited by AFP.   The poll of 2,230 British Jewish people by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) found that 45 percent feared Jews may have no future in Britain, and 58 percent were concerned […]