Forward, September 30, 2020 Will the pandemic lockdown inspire Amsterdam to purge the sex and drugs from its historic core and focus more on its Jewish cultural heritage? Some natives hope so — but not necessarily the Jewish community. Like most of its European neighbors, Holland closed its borders during the coronavirus along with its schools, restaurants, museums, and its notorious tourist magnets: weed shops and legal prostitution. As soon the country re-opened in mid-June, thousands of tourists from surrounding countries poured into the compact city center. Already in July, hotel occupancy spiked up from the lockdown’s 10 percent to [...]
Orit travels with her daughter Hanna to Stockholm to find out how they bucked the European lockdown trend--and to get a bit of fresh air.
In a series of speeches at the Bundestag, every German party except for the right-wing AfD voted to condemn Israeli plans to apply sovereignty over Israeli-controlled areas, in the name of international law, regional stability—and friendship.