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Baby boom for Sarajevo Jewish community

Jewish leaders in Sarajevo here recently noticed something that they say they hadn’t seen much of in years: babies. “We are a small community, so the challenge of maintaining the community is bigger than for the bigger communities that exist,” said Elma Softic-Kaunitz of Sarajevo’s Jewish community. “But I need to say with pride that during the last...

Bosnian Jews marking 450 years survival in Balkans country

Since arriving in Sarajevo in the mid-16th century, Jews have constantly had to manage the challenge of being a minority within a complex inter-ethnic puzzle in a region affected by war, communist ideology and — in later years — sectarian conflict. As such, the survival of a Jewish community for 450 years in the middle of the Balkans...

Sarajevo museum housing iconic Haggadah to re-open

Employees at Bosnia’s National Museum returned to work on Wednesday to prepare for the re-opening of the institution which was closed three years ago over a lack of funding. The country's authorities have promised to provide funding for the landmark Sarajevo museum and to open it on September 15 following years of failed attempts to agree on how...

Bosnia fans protest outside Israeli team’s hotel

Hundreds of Bosnian soccer fans rioted outside a hotel where players of the Israeli National Team were staying ahead of a match against Bosnia in the European Championship qualifiers. Bosnian fans lit flares and threw smoke grenades near the hotel in Zenica. Police deployed hundreds of officers along the route from the hotel to the stadium ahead of...

Bosnia football fans chant “Kill the Jews” in central Vienna

Fans of a Bosnian soccer team chanted anti-Semitic slogans in the ’centre of Vienna prior to a match with the Bosnia-Herzegovina team. Some 50 fans wearing team colours were seen in a video on YouTube among several dozen pro-Palestinian demonstrators at a central city plaza during a protest last week. The fans chanted “Kill, kill the Jews”. Austrian police are...

Bosnian police arrest man after attack on Sarajevo Jew

Police in Sarajevo said on Tuesday after a two-day investigation that they had managed to identify and arrest a person who had attacked and physically injured Eli Tauber, adviser on Culture and Religious Affairs at the Jewish Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite the fact that the motive of the attack has yet to be clarified, the incident...