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I was abused in street, but police told me it was too dangerous to protest

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 23, 2014

A British-born artist living in Holland has spoken of how he experienced antisemitic abuse while walking through his neighbourhood in the Hague and was later forbidden by the police from going on a "kippah walk" to protest.

Fabrice Schomberg said he was subjected to racist insults while being filmed by a news team investigating the rise in antisemitism in the Hague.


Mariupol community flees shells

By Isabel De Bertodano, September 23, 2014

A group of distressed Ukrainian Jews in Mariupol were preparing to flee the port city this week as the situation in the city became increasingly unpredictable.

Around 130 people were receiving emergency assistance from the aid organisation World Jewish Relief (WJR), which has taken the unusual step of giving cash stipends to people who fear for their lives.


War not halting huge Chasidic pilgrimage

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Ukraine is hardly a big draw for tourists at the moment. Unless, that is, they are Chasidim.

An estimated 25,000 Jews, most of them from the Orthodox Breslov sect, have made their way to the chaos-ridden country for Rosh Hashanah. It is their annual ritual to celebrate the New Year by the graveside of their rebbe, Nachman of Breslov, who died in 1810 and is buried in Uman, near Kiev.


In Bolivia, hate means Molotovs and dynamite

By Adam Feinstein, September 23, 2014

Bolivia's Jews have expressed alarm over the rise in antisemitic incidents in the country - the latest being a dynamite attack on the main Jewish cemetery in the city of Cochabamba on September 13.

The president of the community, Ricardo Udler, has called on the government of President Evo Morales to take action to prevent further incidents.


Myanmar's last synagogue comes in from the cold

By Andrew Whitehead, September 23, 2014

On a back street in downtown Yangon, nestling among Muslim-run stalls selling rope and paint for the city's fishing fleet, lies Myanmar's only synagogue.


Israeli army kills two suspects in teen kidnapping

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Israeli soldiers have killed two of the men suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June.

An IDF spokesman said Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha were killed in a shoot-out when Israeli troops surrounded a building in the West Bank city of Hebron where they were hiding.


Portugal is now heart of a Sephardic revival

By John Krich, September 19, 2014

What do you do when you are the director of tourism in a region so remote that people visit only to see snow, and at that only once a year? You turn Jewish, that's what.


Praise for Merkel's 'moral voice' on hate

By Oliver Bradley, September 18, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal, powerful broadside against antisemitism at a rally in Berlin on Sunday garnered praise from all corners of the Jewish world.


Auschwitz guard charged with 300,000 murders

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.


Expelled Guatemala group is 'extremist sect'

By Adam Feinstein, September 18, 2014

The 230 Jews who were forced to leave the remote Guatemalan village of San Juan la Laguna for the capital, Guatemala City, earlier this month were members of the Charedi sect Lev Tahor, which has allegedly engaged in human trafficking and harboured sex abusers, according to search warrants issued by authorities in Quebec.