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  • French court orders extradition of alleged Brussels museum shooter

    June 26, 2014 | 10:13 am

    A French court ordered the extradition of Mehdi Nemmouche, the Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels.

    On Thursday, the court in Versailles approved Nemmouche’s extradition to Belgium to face murder charges, according to reports.

    Nemmouche...

  • French minister: Brussels Jewish museum shooter no ‘lone wolf’

    June 13, 2014 | 10:47 am

    France’s interior minister said he believes the Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium should not be considered a “lone wolf.”

    Bernard Cazeneuve made the statement on Tuesday during an address before the French Senate about Mehdi Nemmouche, a...

  • Jewish museum shooting suspect refuses extradition to Belgium

    June 4, 2014 | 1:29 pm

    The French national suspected of having shot three people dead in the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month refused on Wednesday to be extradited from France to Belgium, prosecutors and his lawyer said.

    Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, who has been in police custody since his arrest on Friday...

  • Jewish museum shooting suspect spent year in Syria, prosecutor says

    June 3, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    The 29-year-old Frenchman arrested on Friday over the fatal shooting of three people at Brussels' Jewish Museum spent a year in Syria after becoming radicalized during the last of five stays in jail in France, a prosecutor said on Sunday.

    When he was arrested in the southern...

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  • Brussels attack arrest underscores threat of returning jihadists

    June 3, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    It was the threat that European authorities dreaded — and Europe’s Jews suffered the first blow.

    The suspect arrested in the attack last month at the Jewish museum in Brussels that left four dead was a French-born jihadist who had returned home from fighting in Syria.

    Now...

  • Suspected Brussels Jewish museum shooter arrested in France

    June 2, 2014 | 9:26 am

    Police in Marseille arrested a man whom Belgian police suspect killed four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium.

    The man, aged 29 and identified as Mehdi Nemmouche, was arrested at Marseille’s main train and bus station, Saint-Charles, on May 29 and is currently being held on...

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum shooting claims responsibility in video

    June 2, 2014 | 9:20 am

    A man arrested on suspicion of killing four people last month at the Jewish Museum of Belgium allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack in a video.

    Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said Sunday in a news conference in Brussels that a video found after the arrest...

  • Swiss professor: Belgium may be lying about museum shootings

    May 30, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    A Swiss professor wrote on Facebook that Belgian officials may be part of a conspiracy to falsely present the Brussels Jewish museum shootings as anti-Semitic.

    Tariq Ramadan, a Geneva-based lecturer on contemporary Islamic issues at Oxford University in Britain, speculated on...

  • Belgian Jews shocked, but not surprised, by attack

    May 28, 2014 | 11:02 am

    The cold determination with which the shooter at Belgium’s Jewish museum murdered four people shocked many Belgians, but local Jewish leaders have long anticipated the possibility of such an attack on their community.

    The shooter who entered the Jewish Museum of Belgium on May 24...

  • Belgian police: Arrested terror suspect not tied to Jewish museum killings

    May 27, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Belgian police arrested a person suspected of terrorism, but at this point see no connection to the Brussels Jewish museum shootings, a police spokeswoman said.

    “Following the events last Saturday, the federal police prioritized certain cases,” Wenke Roggen of the Belgian Federal...

  • Netherlands to deploy more police at Jewish sites after Belgium attack

    May 27, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Dutch authorities said on Tuesday they were deploying more police officers at Jewish sites, including cultural centers, schools and synagogues, after three people were shot dead at the Jewish Museum in Brussels this weekend.

    The attacker, who was caught on a security camera...

  • Police hunt Brussels Jewish Museum gunman, France tightens security

    May 25, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Belgian police were hunting a gunman on Sunday who shot dead two Israelis and a French woman at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in an attack French President Francois Hollande said was without doubt motivated by anti-Semitism.

    Security around all Jewish institutions in Belgium was...

  • Betty Hyatt

    By Jane Ulman

    September 3, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    “Mommy, mommy.” Five-year-old Betty Hyatt, then Betty Prins, frightened by the unfamiliar low, rumbling noises in the sky, jumped out of bed and ran screaming for her mother. It was early morning on Friday, May 10, 1940, the day she and her father were planning to travel to Holland...

  • This week in power: DOMA, Pope, Immigration, Ferris Wheel

    By Danny Groner

    June 27, 2013 | 3:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    DOMA overturned
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex spouses. Many religious organizations, including the...

  • Charlotte Seeman

    By Jane Ulman

    May 29, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Charlotte Seeman — then Charlotte Leiter — spotted the barbed-wire fence ahead. She and her companions — a young woman from Vienna as well as the woman’s boyfriend and uncle — climbed over and continued walking. It was a cold night in December 1938, and they had crossed the German...

  • Chabad opens new center, synagogue in Antwerp

    March 18, 2013 | 8:29 am

    Chabad has opened a new synagogue and Jewish community center in Antwerp.

    The Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s new building in the center of the Flemish region capital cost about $3 million and was dedicated last week. It has 43,000 square feet of floor space, a library with...

  • Report: 30% rise in anti-Semitic complaints in Belgium

    February 22, 2013 | 9:34 am

    Belgium saw a 30-percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic complaints filed in 2012, according to a government agency.

    Edouard Delruelle, president of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, a Belgian government agency, said his organization documented...

  • For a Jewish school in downtown Brussels, it’s relocate or shut down

    January 15, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    On the third floor of the Belgian capital’s oldest Jewish school, Jacquy Wajc pauses to listen to the eerie silence that hangs in the hallways.

    Established in 1947 as a testament to Belgian Jewry’s post-Holocaust revival, the Athenee Maimonides Bruxelles school once accommodated...

  • Protesters chant ‘Hamas, Jews to gas’ in Antwerp

    November 19, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Belgian extreme-right and extreme-left activists participated in a demonstration in Antwerp where some participants reportedly called for Jews to be gassed.

    Approximately 150 demonstrators gathered Sunday afternoon outside the Provinciehuis, a concert hall in the Flemish capital,...

  • Belgium’s local elections cause ‘anti-Semitic flood’

    October 19, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Belgium’s recent local elections triggered “an unprecedented wave of manifestations of anti-Semitism,” according to the country’s organization of French-speaking Jews.

    The Oct. 14 election and the campaign that preceded it “were characterized by a flood of anti-Semitic events the...

  • Haredi Orthodox burn Israeli flag in Antwerp

    May 14, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    Dozens of haredi Orthodox schoolchildren participated in a Lag b’Omer bonfire in Antwerp that featured the burning of an Israeli flag.

    An eyewitness who photographed the event on May 10 said the boys attended a cheder of the Satmar community—an anti-Zionist Chasidic stream of...

  • Remarks on Israel by three U.S. officials spark furor

    December 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    The Obama administration is reaping a whirlwind of criticism in the wake of pointed remarks about Israel by several U.S. officials over three days.

    The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, caused an uproar when he suggested on Dec. 1 that hostility among European Arabs and...

  • U.S. envoy to Belgium staying on despite comments on anti-Semitism

    December 6, 2011 | 10:41 am

    U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman will remain in his position, despite his statements that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is prompting some global anti-Semitism.

    State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Monday night that the Obama administration has...

  • Belgian Jewish teen beaten by Moroccan classmates

    November 22, 2011 | 11:33 am

    The beating of a 13-year-old Jewish girl in Brussels has Belgium’s Jewish umbrella group contemplating civil action.

    Oceane Sluijzer, 13, was beaten by five Moroccan female classmates after a confrontation at a sports center last week, the European Jewish Press reported.

    The...

  • Belgium Senate proposal accepts amnesty for Nazi collaborators

    May 17, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    Belgium’s Senate voted to accept draft legislation that would give amnesty to Nazi collaborators.

    The legislation initiated by the far-right Flemish Vlaams Belang party was approved last week.

    In debating the legislation, Belgian Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck of the ruling...

  • TV station cancels program featuring Hitler’s ‘favorite dish’

    October 29, 2008 | 11:47 pm

    A Belgian television show set to prepare Adolf Hitler's favorite meal on the air has been canceled.

    Television chef Jerien Meus of the VRT station planned to prepare the meal, trout in butter sauce, at Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, the former site of Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" alpine...
  • Jewish mothers from Italy, Belgium, and Russia

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Jewish Mother 1 is from Italy
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    Jewish Mother 2 appears in a public service announcement from Belgium
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    My Yiddishe Mama 3 -- Moscow Male Jewish Cappella sings 'Yiddishe Mama'
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  • An American soldier’s Purim—1945

    By Jane Ulman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Pardon me, sir, are you perchance a Jew?"

    Ralph Goodman immediately reached for the .45 on his hip. The 24-year-old American soldier didn't know what to expect from the approaching middle-aged man wearing a felt hat, one side folded up, and speaking Australian-accented English....

  • Antwerp’s Diamonds, Jews Are Forever

    By Annette Bishop

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you own a diamond, you can be 80 percent sure it's been to Antwerp, Belgium, at some point in its life. Perhaps it was graded there in the heart of ancient Europe -- or ground, polished, valued, bought or sold there.

    Diamonds might be everlasting, but there is another fascinating...