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  • The lessons of Europe

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    2 days ago

    To walk through the great cities of Europe is to consort with ghosts. Where once the great homes and businesses were in Jewish hands, where within blocks there was a constellation of Jewish genius, now one visits museums commemorating the loss. 

    It is too much — too much beauty,...

  • Is Europe’s far right experiencing a ‘Trump effect’?

    2 weeks ago

    European far-right politicians were quick to hold up Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election as a harbinger of their own impending triumphs.

    Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right party, said that what Europeans call “the Trump effect” — that is, right-wing...

  • Why Spain is standing up to BDS — for now

    August 9, 2016 | 2:44 pm

    Only last year, Spain was still the undisputed bastion for the BDS movement in Europe.

    Some 50 Spanish municipalities had passed resolutions in recent years endorsing BDS — an acronym for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel — more than in any other...

  • 10 reasons Persian Jews support Trump

    August 2, 2016 | 1:39 pm

    For many American Jews, #NeverTrump is the only slogan that matters. His shameful, unfiltered words have them running to Hillary Clinton.

    For those of us with political honesty, the choice is the lesser of two evils. We are not choosing between Mother Teresa and the Rev. Martin...

  • Israel has had success against ‘lone wolf’ terrorists — here’s how

    July 27, 2016 | 3:48 pm

    “Lone wolf” terrorism in Europe is making headlines around the world. But in Israel, the phenomenon of angry or troubled individuals taking up arms is old news.

    Since October, Israelis have endured a wave of violence that has been carried out largely by individual Palestinians...

  • Can a hobbled EU live up to its promise to combat anti-Semitism and racism?

    July 21, 2016 | 12:38 pm

    When the late Austro-Hungarian aristocrat Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi attended church on Good Friday, his father would famously cause a scene, storming out when the liturgy came to the anti-Semitic exhortation “Let us also pray for the faithless Jews.”

    Such protest was unusual...

  • Judaism as world wisdom

    May 25, 2016 | 3:39 pm

    Sandra is in my office because her marriage is falling apart. She is not a member of any synagogue, and doesn’t consider herself religious. But she read some of my insights online and decided that a Jewish perspective might help her figure out her next move. 

    Jason is 16 and...

  • Europe is not lost

    May 5, 2016 | 10:15 am

    I'm the Chairman and Co-founder of an organization called Friends of ELNET (European Leadership Network) whose European affiliates promote relations between Europe and Israel.  I travel often for site visits to Paris, Berlin, and other capitals in Europe to assess the situation...

  • In Europe, the far right doesn’t quite know what to make of Trump

    April 19, 2016 | 12:53 pm

    Donald Trump’s xenophobic views are neither new nor particularly shocking in Europe, where fears of jihadism and the challenges of illegal immigration are blowing winds into the sails of a rising far right.

    Although the Republican presidential hopeful’s statements on immigrants,...

  • European travel: Should I stay or should I go?

    By Elyse Glickman

    April 13, 2016 | 12:20 pm

    Three days before I was to depart for Europe on a river cruise traversing the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium, I woke up to the news that terrorists had detonated explosives at Brussels’ airport and one of the city’s metro stations, killing more than 30 victims and...

  • Young Arabs see Islamic State as biggest regional challenge

    April 12, 2016 | 9:26 am

    Young Arabs view Islamic State as the biggest challenge facing their region and some blame poor job opportunities for the rise of the militant group, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

    Islamic State has declared a "caliphate" over swathes of Iraq and Syria it occupies,...

  • Number of anti-Semitic incidents in Austria rises strongly

    April 6, 2016 | 2:39 pm

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Austria increased more than 80 percent last year, with reported internet postings denouncing Jews more than doubling, an Austrian group said on Wednesday.

    Jews across Europe have warned of a rising tide of anti-Semitism, fueled by...

  • Iran missile tests were ‘in defiance of’ U.N. resolution

    March 29, 2016 | 2:06 pm

    By launching nuclear-capable missiles Iran has defied a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed last year's historic nuclear deal, the United States and its European allies said in a joint letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

    Iran's recent ballistic tests involved...

  • Can Belgium protect its Jews? A community has its doubts

    March 25, 2016 | 10:11 am

    The hundreds of rifle-toting police and soldiers who patrol Isaac Michaeli’s neighborhood have done little to improve his sense of safety.

    “When the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, the soldiers might as well be cardboard cutouts,” he said.

    A jeweler in his...

  • Palestinian official on Brussels attacks: Europe ‘burning in their own fire’

    March 23, 2016 | 3:41 pm

    A high-ranking Palestinian Authority official said on Facebook that the bombings in Belgium that left 32 dead and dozens injured, were a result of American and European policies and that Europe’s “airports and squares are burning in their own fire.”

    According to the Times of...

  • Europe should hire Israel, not condemn it

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2016 | 6:40 pm

    Do you know what European honchos were doing in Geneva recently even as the Islamic State was planning another terror attack on their continent? They were preparing yet another condemnation of Israel, this time with an ironic twist.

    They were targeting Israel for its actions in...

  • When Brussels meant freedom from fear for an Israeli

    March 22, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    Growing up, trips to stay with my Jewish family in Brussels were a taste of freedom.

    In my native Israel, waves of Palestinian terrorist attacks kept me under constant maternal surveillance. Fear of regular bus bombings limited my excursions to biking distance.

    On the tranquil...

  • How we must respond to Brussels

    March 22, 2016 | 2:58 pm

    I was at European Union headquarters in Brussels last month, before moving on to Paris to discuss anti-Semitic hate crimes, terrorism and thwarting ISIS’ brilliant leveraging of social media.

    At the end of our EU meetings, my Simon Wiesenthal Center colleague Dr. Shimon Samuels...

  • In Europe, a summer camp creates the next generation of Jewish leaders — and babies

    March 2, 2016 | 3:28 pm

    Escaping a sudden downpour in the summer of 2012, Andras Paszternak and Barbi Szendy ran to find cover inside an empty cabin at their Jewish summer camp, Szarvas, 100 miles east of Budapest.

    The two senior counselors, then 31 and 36, respectively, chatted as rain drenched the...

  • The Middle East washes over Berlin

    February 23, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    It is said that art reflects life.  If so, the Middle East seems to be taking over Europe.

    The prestigious Berlinale, the annual Berlin International Film Festival that concluded its 11-superstar-packed days this weekend, made a sharp and strife-filled turn towards the...

  • There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

    February 11, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    The Weimar Republic, Germany's flawed experiment in democracy in the 1920s, has become today's paradigm for the failure of state and society. By the end of Weimar, the government seemed to have lost control - vigilantes from the political extremes claimed they were keeping the...

  • Happy Thanksgiving—with Jewish Turkeys!

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    November 26, 2015 | 8:29 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I'm reposting this item from my Jewish Heritage Europe web site -- an online resources to Jewish heritage across the continent. See the full post here.

    Thanksgiving is often called “turkey-day” because of the tradition of eating roast turkey at the...

  • CIA chief warns Islamic State may have other attacks ready

    November 16, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    CIA Director John Brennan warned on Monday that the attacks in Paris claimed by the extremist Islamic State movement were not a “one-off event” and that the militants may have similar operations ready to launch.

    Foiling those plots, however, could prove difficult because Europe's...

  • Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries

    November 16, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington.

    The video, which appeared on a website used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news...

  • Europe should label terrorists, not tomatoes

    By David Suissa

    November 14, 2015 | 6:41 pm

    On Nov. 11, while Islamic terrorists were preparing for their Friday night massacre in Paris, which would leave 132 people dead and 352 injured, one of the big news items was the European initiative to put special labels on Israeli goods made in disputed territory.

    As the...

  • World shows solidarity, tightens security after Paris attacks

    November 14, 2015 | 10:55 am

    World leaders responded to deadly attacks in Paris with defiant pledges of solidarity and Europe tightened security after Islamic State said it was behind an assault by gunmen and bombers that left 127 dead in the French capital.

    From Barack Obama to Vladimir Putin and across...

  • Protesters in Sweden chant ‘slaughter the Jews’

    October 20, 2015 | 10:16 am

    Hundreds of protesters in the Swedish city of Malmo were filmed chanting in Arabic about slaughtering Jews and stabbing soldiers.

    Pro-Palestinian groups organized a rally Monday in the city center against what they consider Israeli violence and to show solidarity with...

  • What Syria’s refugees think about Israel might surprise you

    October 9, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Israel’s government is in cahoots with Syrian President Bashar Assad. America wants to keep the Syrian civil war going for as long as possible. Russia is outmaneuvering the United States on the global stage.

    Those are some of the viewpoints you’re likely to hear if you...

  • Humanitarian crisis in Syria worsens

    September 29, 2015 | 8:35 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    As world attention has focused on the tide of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe, aid organizations try to contend with a growing humanitarian crisis inside Syria. According to the United Nations, 7.6 million people have been...

  • Will German welcome of refugees come at Jews’ expense?

    September 21, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    The migrants sit slumped together on the sidewalk outside the State Office for Health and Social Affairs here, resting on donated sleeping bags, clutching food handouts, smoking, sleeping, fiddling with their cellphones.

    They have come to this city by the tens of thousands,...

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