Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies

Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies

Your weekly digest of stories from the international press, by Stephen Oryszczuk:

  • Morocco

A Casablanca rabbi has been beaten up by a man angry at Israel’s Gaza operation. Rabbi Moshe Ohayon was attacked on Friday night as he walked to synagogue. He suffered a broken nose and broken ribs. The city’s Jewish community has called for increased security around Jewish institutions.

  • The Netherlands

Dozens of demonstrators gathered near The Hague to shout menacing slogans about Jews. The rally, in Schilderswijk last week, heard participants shout: ‘Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.’ It refers to a seventh-century massacre and expulsion in modern-day Saudi Arabia.

  • Ukraine

A Jewish governor has pledged to restore a former mosque to the Muslim community of Dnepropetrovsk. Igor Kolomoisky was responding to an ongoing lobby by religious representatives for the building’s restitution. Built as a mosque in 1926, it was later confiscated by the Soviet Union.

  • Spain

The World Jewish Congress president has appealed for the return of a Pissarro painting stolen by the Nazis which had been given to the German-Jewish collector Lilly Cassirer. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum,  owner of Rue Saint-Honoré, Après-midi, Effet de Pluie’, is embroiled in a legal fight over it.

  • Poland

Polish and Belarussian Jews attended a commemoration ceremony in Jebwabne, a town where, in 1941, Jewish residents were brutally massacred – many of whom were burned in a barn – by their neighbours. During the ceremony, rabbis and priests recited prayers, and victims’ names were read aloud.