Brazil extradites Israeli man convicted of killing Palestinian in 2004

(JTA) – A German-Israeli man who fled to Brazil after being convicted in the killing of a Palestinian taxi driver in 2004 was extradited.

Yehoshua Elitzur, 46, was arrested in Sao Paulo in 2014, putting an end to a decade-long manhunt. He left Brazil on Wednesday and was scheduled to appear in court for a remand hearing after his arrival in Israel, Israel’s Ministry of Justice said in a statement. [Read more…]


Berlin court says calling politician a Holocaust denier is protected speech

(JTA) – A Berlin district court ruled that is permissible to call right-wing German politician Wolfgang Gedeon a Holocaust denier, saying it was a matter of opinion that is protected by the constitution.

Gedeon, who represents the right-populist party Alternative for Germany in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg, had filed an injunction last spring to prevent Josef Schuster, head of Germany’s Jewish umbrella organization, from referring to him as a Holocaust denier. [Read more…]


Report: German police searching for spy ring targeting Israelis, Jews

(JTA) – German law enforcement agencies in four states are searching for suspects who are believed to have spied on Israeli and Jewish targets for Iran.

Federal prosecutors have identified 10 suspects, according to a report Tuesday by FOCUS magazine. They are believed to have worked for the Quds Force, which is a special operations branch of the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards. [Read more…]


Canadian Holocaust denier arrested in Germany

(JTA) – A Holocaust denier from Canada has been arrested in Germany and is under investigation for crimes related to incitement of hate, a spokesperson for the Bavarian State Public Prosecutor in Munich confirmed to JTA.

News of the arrest of Monika Schaefer first broke in the Canada-based online news agency Fitzhugh. Schaefer is known for posting a YouTube video in 2016 in which she called the Holocaust the most “persistent lie in all of history.” [Read more…]


German bill would allow expulsion of migrants who espouse anti-Semitism

BERLIN (JTA) – Germany’s mainstream conservative parties are proposing legislation that would allow states to expel foreigners who make anti-Semitic statements, including the refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

The party of Chancellor Angela Merkel – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and its sister party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU), have proposed legislation that they say  would take such hate crimes “much more seriously,” according to the German newspaper Die Welt. [Read more…]


Dutch Holocaust survivor ordered to pay taxes on forced labour pension

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch tax authority is seeking payment from an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor for a pension stipend that she is receiving from Germany for her employment as a child in forced labour.

The Tax and Customs Administration demanded in summer that Inge Prenzlau pay a portion of her $156 monthly compensation stipend from Germany even though that country exempts other recipients residing in Germany and beyond from paying taxes on that class of payments, Het Financieele Dagblad last week reported. [Read more…]