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  • France train gunman identified as Islamist militant

    August 23, 2015 | 8:31 am

    Fingerprint evidence shows that the gunman overpowered by passengers on a train in France is a Morrocan known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant, according to a source familiar with the case.

    Two people were wounded in the struggle to subdue the...

  • Shots fired on Amsterdam-to-Paris train, three injured

    August 21, 2015 | 10:56 am

    Three people were wounded in a shooting incident on high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris on Friday, the French Interior Ministry said.

    A man was arrested when the train stopped at Arras station in northern France but his motives were not yet known, a ministry spokesman...

  • Coffee in Amsterdam with Anne Frank’s Best Friend

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 9, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    Next month is the 70th anniversary of the death of Anne Frank. The exact date that she died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945 is not known other than it is in the first few days of March.

    Anne Frank is the most famous victim of the holocaust, her very memory conjuring up the innocent dead...

  • Meet the Fokkens: Amsterdam’s septuagenarian Jewish prostitutes

    October 8, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Like many Jewish grandmothers, Martine and Louise Fokkens enjoy talking about their grandchildren in language laced with Yiddish.

    At 71, the twins from Amsterdam also paint, think often about the Holocaust and attend synagogue on Jewish holidays.

    But the Fokkens are not like...

  • Aboard Amsterdam’s Jewish gay boat, activists warn against tolerating hate

    August 4, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    Its passengers included celebrities, a rabbi and revelers in biblically themed costumes, but the Jewish boat at Amsterdam’s gay pride parade stood out for more than just its riders.

    Following a west-to-east course along the Dutch capital’s Prinsengracht canal on Saturday along...

  • Amsterdam apartment flying Israeli flag targeted with firebomb

    July 31, 2014 | 11:10 am

    A Jewish woman who displayed an Israeli flag from her balcony in Amsterdam was targeted with a firebomb and death threats.

    The firebomb landed on the balcony of neighbors of Leah Rabinovitch, a Mexico-born Jewish woman who flew the Israeli flag on Amsterdam’s Kruger Square,...

  • From Dutch situation room, pro-Israel volunteers defend Jewish state on social media

    July 29, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Divon nodded approvingly as he surveyed the small army of 50 men and women fighting for Israel.

    Around a conference table in an office in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert, 30 volunteers were writing and collecting pro-Israel...

  • Could a Hamas-owned SA-11 Buk destroy Israeli air travel?

    By Jared Sichel

    July 28, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    At 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2002, two men in Kenya propped Russian-made SA-7 “Strela” missile launchers on their shoulders, took aim for a nearby midair Arkia Israel Airlines passenger jet and fired at its 250 passengers.

    Both shots missed.

    At about the same time, 15 miles away in...

  • Sole Israeli national on downed Malaysian airliner was son of evangelical Christian

    July 28, 2014 | 11:48 am

    A few hours before he departed Amsterdam for Australia on July 17, Ithamar Avnon was praying for peace with his parents at their home in the Netherlands.

    That evening, pro-Russian separatists shot down Avnon’s flight, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, over eastern Ukraine, killing all...

  • Citing Brussels attack, Amsterdam ups security for Jewish centers

    June 6, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Following the slaying of four people at Brussels’ Jewish museum in May, the City of Amsterdam has decided to increase security around Jewish centers indefinitely.

    The decision was based on the recommendation of the Dutch National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Security, or...

  • Jewish boat making waves ahead of Amsterdam gay parade

    May 8, 2014 | 9:15 am

    Its maiden voyage is months away and will only take a couple of hours, but the first Jewish boat of Amsterdam’s annual gay parade-on-the-canals is already making international waves.

    On Monday, the Jewish boat got the thumbs up from the British actor Stephen Fry, who described it...

  • Kibbutznik’s history becomes performance art

    November 22, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Yael Davids was frustrated. After more than a week of trying to set up a time to talk from her home base in Amsterdam, she was finally on Skype, but there was a problem. “I want to see you!” she said, somewhat defeated, as she realized that her video connection just wasn’t going to...

  • Light-up Nation: What Israel can teach America about medical marijuana

    By Simone Wilson

    October 2, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Just over six years ago, in the lush Upper Galilee of northern Israel, the nation’s first large-scale harvest of legal medical marijuana was flowering on the roof deck of Tzahi Cohen’s parents’ house, perched on a cliff overlooking the bright-green farming village of Birya. Until...

  • Holland’s largest Hebrew bookstore shutters doors

    August 14, 2013 | 9:13 am

    One of Western Europe’s largest Hebrew bookstores closed in Amsterdam as its former owners prepare to immigrate to Israel.

    Samech, located in southern Amsterdam, has been supplying Hebrew-language books to members of Holland’s Jewish community for nearly 40 years and possessed a...

  • Anti-Zionist rabbi blames Israel for his assault in Amsterdam

    June 25, 2013 | 10:47 am

    An anti-Zionist rabbi said he was attacked in Amsterdam because of Israel.

    Rabbi Josef Antebi, 50, an Orthodox Jew who lives in Amsterdam, told JTA he was assaulted on Sunday in the Dutch capital by a young man who “had relatively dark skin and didn’t look very Dutch, or at least...

  • The importance of Anne Frank

    June 14, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Last week was the 84th birthday of Anne Frank, as well as anniversary of the first post in her diary in which she famously wrote, “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort...

  • Sports-related incidents spark slight rise in Dutch anti-Semitism

    May 23, 2013 | 9:14 am

    The doubling of sports-related anti-Semitism last year led to the first increase in overall anti-Semitic incidents in three years in the Netherlands.

    In its annual monitor report on anti-Semitism, released Thursday, the Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation on...

  • Anne Frank House defends Bieber’s visit, guestbook entry

    April 15, 2013 | 7:56 am

    The Anne Frank House defended Justin Bieber's visit to the museum and his guestbook message hoping that the teen diarist "would have been a Belieber."

    "The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that...

  • Dutch researcher who exposed anti-Semitism hid out based on mayor’s advice

    April 4, 2013 | 9:51 am

    A Dutch-Turkish researcher who exposed anti-Semitism among Muslims went into hiding, following the advice of a Dutch mayor.

    Mehmet Sahin left his home for several days last month after being advised by Pauline Krikke, the mayor of the eastern city of Arnhem, according to De...

  • Dutch Jewish museum wins national popularity contest

    April 4, 2013 | 6:05 am

    Holland’s Jewish Historical Museum won a $130,000 prize for finishing first in the country’s national museum contest for 2013.

    The Jewish museum, which was established in 1932, received 40 percent of the popular vote in the online competition among four museums. Some 29,000...

  • April 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2013 | 3:05 am

    The US

    Headline: Abbas to meet Kerry Sunday in Jordan: Palestinian source

    To Read: Aaron David Miller takes a look at President Obama's lack of control over his Middle East legacy:

    Had the Arab Spring moved in the right direction, Obama would have been hailed as a...

  • Amsterdam tram company won’t punish conductor accused of anti-Semitism

    August 22, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Amsterdam’s transport company, GVB, announced it would not punish an employee accused of making an anti-Semitic remark.

    Two people told the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, NIHS, that they had heard a tram conductor aboard Line 17 say on Aug. 8 that the Anne Frank House was how “the...

  • Amsterdam Jewish community warns U.S. Jews of ‘dangerous’ Dutch politician

    August 22, 2012 | 10:18 am

    The chairman of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam asked a Dutch politician to warn U.S. Jews about a “dangerous” rightist Dutch legislator.

    Ronnie Eisenman, chairman of the executive board of the Jewish Community of Amsterdam, or NIHS, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the “Amsterdam...

  • Brazil’s Jewish community announces creation of Anne Frank ‘educational network’

    August 17, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Brazil’s Jewish community sent directors of five Brazilian schools named after Anne Frank on a Holocaust study tour in Amsterdam.

    The study trip is the first step in the creation of an educational network, according to an announcement by CONIB, the central body representing the...

  • Amsterdam to name bridge for WWII savior of 350 Jewish children

    August 14, 2012 | 11:30 am

    The City of Amsterdam will name one of its last remaining nameless bridges for Pieter Meerburg, who saved 350 Jewish children during the Holocaust.

    Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and other dignitaries are scheduled to christen bridge 234 the Pieter Meerburg Bridge on Sept. 2....

  • A conversation with Anne Frank’s cousin

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2012 | 7:35 pm

    Generations of readers, theater patrons and movie goers have been touched and moved by “The Diary of Anne Frank,” but perhaps no one was more astonished by the adolescent girl’s deep inner life – while in hiding from the Nazis – than Anne’s father.

    “I didn’t know my...

  • Anne Frank’s Amsterdam App

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 8, 2012 | 8:00 am

    Hmm. I spent much of the morning in Warsaw today talking with an E-Book and App publisher about creating apps and interactive E-Books from my own writing,  on various platforms. So I am quite convinced that going mobile is the way to get around. Still, I’m somehow a little teentsy...

  • The Rest of Passover Cooking [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    April 6, 2012 | 12:34 am

    The food challenge of Passover is not the seder.  It’s the seven days that come after.

    After all, you know what to make on seder.  Torah and tradition are right there by your side, cooking: matzo, charoset, chicken or brisket, kugel if you’re Askenazi, something people actually...

  • Looking into Anne Frank’s unblinking eyes

    March 22, 2012 | 11:44 am

    Is the image of Anne Frank heading in the same commercial direction as Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”?

    Munch’s Expressionist painting, once an iconic representation of horror, for years has been available as a party inflatable, an action figure mask, even a bobblehead. With the...

  • Reinstated Amsterdam chief rabbi rues using title on ‘curing’ homosexuality document

    February 2, 2012 | 10:58 am

    The chief rabbi of Amsterdam, who was suspended for signing a statement on “curing” homosexuality, reportedly has been reinstated and said he was wrong to sign the document using his chief rabbi title.

    Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag of New York, who travels to the Netherlands several times a...

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