Belgian Jew Injured In Brussels Attacks Becomes Facebook ‘Voice Of The Wounded’

04/11/2016 - 10:46

In a series of Facebook posts from his hospital bed, a Belgian Jew has documented his recovery from the Brussels terrorist attacks — and become a national symbol of resilience and reconciliation.

Walter Benjamin, right, being visited by Belgian Chief Rabbi Albert Guigui and Executive of Muslims in Belgium President. JTA

Helen Mirren to Host Genesis Prize Award Ceremony for Itzhak Perlman

The Oscar winner will present the 2016 Genesis prize to the acclaimed violinist, educator and community advocate.

04/07/2016 - 10:03
Editorial Intern! All three are sure to be present at the Genesis Prize ceremony in Jersulem this year. The Genesis Prize Foundation announced yesterday that the Academy Award-winning actress will host the ceremony on June 23 honoring Itzhak Perlman, acclaimed violinist, educator, and champion of individuals with disabilities.

Helen Mirren receives the Golden Camera award for her life's work in Germany, in February 2016. Getty Images.

‘Elijah Plus Four French Legion Soldiers’

North of Paris, a beleaguered Jewish community prepares for the seder.

04/05/2016 - 16:26

Saint-Denis, France — After three firebombs hit the synagogue of this poor and heavily Muslim suburb of Paris, municipal authorities advised the local Jewish community to lower its profile.

Many Jewish institutions require constant protection.  Above, soldiers guard a Chabad school in Paris.

Hundreds Of Israeli Firms, Individuals Among Elites Listed In Panama Papers Leak

04/04/2016 - 11:17

Hundreds of Israeli companies and some 850 Israeli shareholders are listed as having offshore accounts in a dump of leaked documents known as the Panama Papers.

These are the countries where governmental staff are implicated in the Panama Papers. Wikimedia Commons

The World’s Largest Seder — In Nepal — Will Go On, Despite Slow Earthquake Recovery

03/31/2016 - 14:48

When the ground started to shake beneath Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz’s feet, he was praying near a doorway at the Chabad House of Kathmandu, where he lives with his wife, Chani, and their six children.

Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz, right, welcoming hikers into Kathmandu’s Chabad House in March 2012. JTA

Author Imre Kertesz, Holocaust Survivor And Nobel Laureate, Dies At 86

03/31/2016 - 10:50

Imre Kertesz, a Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died.

Hungarian literature Nobel prize Imre Kertesz at the International Berlin Film Festival in 2005. Getty Images

Study: Associated Press Formally Cooperated With Hitler’s Nazi Regime

03/30/2016 - 12:02

The Associated Press formally cooperated with the Hitler regime, including providing material produced by the Nazis’ propaganda ministry, a German historian alleges in a new study.

German Fuhrer and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler addressing soldiers with his back facing the camera at a Nazi rally in Germany. JTA

In Brussels, ‘Jews Are The Canary In The Coal Mine’

Anti-Israel politics becoming part of the story in Belgium.

03/29/2016 - 18:50
Staff Writer

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for last week’s terror attacks at Belgium’s airport and subway that killed at least 35 — including four Americans — and injured more than 300, but within hours Palestinians or their Arab sympathizers injected an anti-Israel tinge.

Amid reports of repeated security failures, many Belgian Jews feel their government is leaving them vulnerable. Cnaan Liphshiz

Artist Leaves Anti-Semitic Graffiti On Versailles Sculpture

In "lament to a state of intolerance," Anish Kapoor let the graffiti on his sculpture remain.

03/29/2016 - 16:53
Staff Writer

What is the best response when anti-Semitic graffiti appears on a Jewish building or some other Jewish-identified site? Remove it immediately, to avoid upsetting people? Or leave it up, to serve as a warning of the extent of the extent of bias? It’s an ongoing debate in some Jewish circles.

The sculpture by Anish Kapoor in the Versailles Gardens has been defaced a number of times with anti-Semitic slurs. Getty Images

Belgian Jew Who Lost Leg In Brussels Attack Moving To Israel

03/29/2016 - 11:30

A Belgian Jew whose leg was blown off in a suicide bombing at Brussels’ main airport said he would immigrate to Israel.

Walter Benjamin speaking to Israel’s Channel 2 News from his hospital bed in Brussels, March 28, 2016. JTA
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