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Dinah Spritzer

  • Fear and Loathing in Europe: Islamophobia and the Challenge of Integration

    February 26, 2009 | 4:00 am

    BRUSSELS (JTA)—A bus driver on Antwerp’s line 19 doesn’t like Muslims.

    Such is the warning friends gave 24-year-old Meryem, a Belgian Muslim of Moroccan descent, advising her to avoid the driver’s route.

    But last summer Meryem, who wears a headscarf, forgot her friends’ caution and...

  • Europe’s Muslim Factor

    February 26, 2009 | 4:00 am

    Vivian Teitelbaum was a new member of Brussels’ regional legislature when she sponsored a bill in 2005 to renew the region’s scientific and industrial research agreement with Israel.

    Legislators had frozen the cooperation pact three years earlier to protest what they said was...

  • Can Britain De-Program the Radicalism of its Muslim Population?

    February 26, 2009 | 4:00 am

    LEEDS, England (JTA)—In early December, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown did something very rare for a European leader: He publicly pointed his finger at a Muslim country and told it to get its act together.

    “Three quarters of the most serious terrorist plots investigated by U.K....

  • Tales from the crib: Jolie’s Jewish ob-gyn speaks

    July 15, 2008 | 8:05 pm

    NICE, France (JTA)—Angelina Jolie brought her twins into the world on Shabbat.

    That fact may have been overlooked last Saturday by the thousands of media outlets covering the birth, which took place at Lenval Hospital’s Santa Maria Clinic.

    But the timing did not escape Dr. Michel...

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  • Independence creates uncertainty for Kosovo’s Jews

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    Celebrations in Kosovo after declaration of independence (CNN)


    On a forlorn road dotted with half-built houses, Ines Quono reflects on her struggle in a land so remote to most Americans it might as well be Oz.

    But instead of a yellow brick road, there is crumbling, mud-drenched...

  • New reports expose rampant anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Here in the US, CNN's Paula Zahn reports, some blame Jews for 9/11 A young French Jew is kidnapped, tortured and left to die by a band of Muslims. Arson badly damages Geneva's largest synagogue. A 13-year-old girl on a London bus is robbed and kicked unconscious after her...
  • ‘Heritage’ guide reflects European Jewish revival

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When she set out to write the first comprehensive Jewish travel guidebook on the countries of the former Eastern bloc, Ruth Ellen Gruber might as well have been documenting the secret life of a New Guinea tribe of cannibals.

    Seventeen years ago, not much was known among mainstream...
  • Rescuer and rescued reunion aids Polish talks on Shoah claims

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Arranging a reunion between a Jewish woman hidden during the Holocaust and her Catholic rescuer might have paid unseen dividends for Jewish organizations fighting a property restitution battle in Poland.

    A day after Jozefa Tracz Czekaj and Miriam Schmetterling saw each other for the...

  • ‘Zorro’s Bar Mitzvah’ documents the real rite of passage

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the new Austrian film, "Zorro's Bar Mitzvah," Jewish party documenter Andre describes the addictive nature of his video extravaganzas.

    "There are people in Israel with relatives who collect my films, not just of their family, any family," he explains from his audiovisual studio,...

  • European anti-Semitism up since Hezbollah war

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's recent war with Hezbollah resulted in a new wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe -- almost all in Western Europe, a new report finds.

    The European Jewish Congress' (EJC) 53-page report, presented Sunday at a World Jewish Congress meeting in Paris, reveals that the...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Auschwitz Might Get Name Change

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Poland has long wanted its name not to be used in reference to concentration camps that existed on Polish soil during World War II.

    Now Poland has made an official request to change Auschwitz's name -- to mixed reviews.

    The Polish government made the request last month to change the...

  • PASSOVER: Prague’s Matzah Metamorphosis

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    An anonymous source breathes heavily on the other end of the receiver, softly intoning that the only way to get the goods is from an inside contact.

    Through friends, I discretely discover my intermediary, who leads me through several dark corridors for an encounter with an angry...

  • A Bitter Pill for Europe to Swallow

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Danish employee of the European Union in Brussels confides that she is so fearful of Muslim anger over the now-infamous cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper that she is afraid to go home.

    Unnerved Danish members of the European Parliament refuse to comment on...

  • Polish Leader Has Extremist Allies

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The new president of Poland was elected with the backing of anti-Semitic supporters. But not all Polish Jewish officials believe that Lech Kaczynski, who will take office in December, should be criticized for his extremist bedfellows.

    Kaczynski, the former mayor of Warsaw, was...

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