If Amsterdam purges prostitutes and pot shops from city center, will Jewish sites suffer?

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 [...]

2020-10-08T13:12:08+00:00 October 8th, 2020|

Amsterdam, Sex and the Lockdown

(English with German subtitles) Das Rotlichtviertel von Amsterdam gehört für viele zur Stadt wie die Grachten oder das Van-Gogh-Museum. Dennoch gibt es Diskussionen unter den Anwohnern, ob man es nicht vor die Stadt verbannen sollte. Viele hofften, dass Corona dem schnellen Sex ein Ende bereiten würde. Doch davon kann keine Rede sein. Orit Arfa sprach vor Ort mit den Beteiligten.

2020-10-08T13:23:13+00:00 September 9th, 2020|

My Swedish Corona Fairy Tale

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.

2020-08-06T20:18:03+00:00 August 6th, 2020|