Auschwitz-Birkenau Now Asking Visitors to Pre-Book Trips to the Concentration Camp

editor 26 April 2015

By Eliezer Sherman.. Authorities at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum warned on Tuesday (April 21, 2015) that it may have to begin turning people away from visiting the Nazi-German death camp because of a recent surge in visitors at the site, encouraging visitors to book in advance. According to Andrzej Kacorzyk, deputy director of the museum, March alone saw 130,000 visitors, which marked a 60% gain over  last year. More than 250,000 visitors entered the site in the first quarter of 2015, which is 40% more than last year. Read more »

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Elio Toaff, a Force for European Jewry, Dies at 99

editor 25 April 2015

By Jonathan Zalman.. Rome’s former Chief Rabbi helped hide Jews during the Holocaust, initiated dialogue with Vatican. Elio Toaff [Photo top right], who served as Rome’s chief rabbi for over 51 years (1951-2002) and coveted interfaith communication and understanding, has died. He was 99. Read more »

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Israeli flags fly high in Amsterdam as part of solidarity campaign

editor 25 April 2015

By Michelle Malka Grossman.. On April 8, 2015, the European Jewish Association launched a solidarity campaign to fight anti-Semitism in Europe and one pastor in the Netherlands has already taken heed of the call. “We can make a difference. I say let it start with me,” says pastor Stan Kamps, the leader of an English-language church near Amsterdam. Last Saturday (April 18, 2015), Stan Kamps, a Canadian-born pastor of an English-language baptist church in the Dutch city of Almere, took to the busy Amsterdam streets with members of his church and a large Israeli flag. Read more »

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On Independence Day, Former Defense Minister Says Israel Becoming More Independent Each Year

editor 25 April 2015

By David Daoud.. Moshe Arens, Israel’s former Defense Minister, said that with every year that passes, the State of Israel becomes more independent than the previous years. His comments were made in an interview with Israel’s Walla news on Wednesday (April 22, 2015). Read more »

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Poll: Israel is One of the World’s Least Religious Countries

editor 24 April 2015

By Algemeiner Staff.. Perhaps it’s the Jewish state, but the state of Judaism in Israel might raise a few eyebrows: according to an international Gallup poll, Israel is now one of the world’s least religious countries. Nearly two-thirds of the Israelis polled either described themselves as not religious, or convinced atheists. Fifty-seven percent of Israelis described themselves as non-religious, while 8% said they were convinced atheists. Just 30% described themselves as religious. Read more »

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Argentine prosecutor rejects to pursue Nisman case against President Kirchner

editor 24 April 2015

By WJC.. An Argentine prosecutor on Monday (April 20, 2015) again rejected a case against the country’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people died. Read more »

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‘I sought to kill Jews,’ said terrorist who rammed car into Israelis at Jerusalem bus stop

editor 24 April 2015

By JPost.com Staff.. The northeast Jerusalem Arab who rammed his car into Israelis waiting at a bus stop in the French Hill section of the capital last week told police that he was intent on “seeking out Jews to murder,” authorities permitted the press to report on Tuesday (April 21, 2015). Koutineh, 37, from Anata, was arrested for running over and killing Shalom Yohai Cherki, 25, and seriously injuring a young woman. Read more »

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Egyptian Army: 69 Tunnels on Gazan Border Destroyed Since March 2015

editor 24 April 2015

By MaanNews.com.. CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Egyptian army has destroyed 69 tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip since March 28, 2015, an Egyptian army spokesman said Saturday (April 18,2015). Spokesman Muhammad Samir said that Egyptian border forces stationed in the Egyptian side of Rafah had discovered and destroyed the tunnels in coordination with army engineers. Read more »

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Letter of EU Foreign Ministers is misguided and sends out the wrong message from Europe.

editor 23 April 2015

By ECI.. Brussels, 22nd April, 2015 – In the same week as 21 Ethiopian Christians were beheaded in Libya, just across the water from Europe, and hundreds of refugees drowned in the Mediterranean whilst trying to reach the shores of Europe, EU Foreign Ministers from 16 member states have sent a letter to the EU Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, setting out their own policy priorities in the wider region, namely “labelling Israeli products from the disputed territories.” Read more »

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Amnesty UK Shot Down One Resolution This Year: Tackling Antisemitism

editor 23 April 2015

By Algemeiner Staff.. The only motion that Amnesty International U.K. rejected in its annual human rights meeting on Sunday (April 19, 2015) was one that would have tackled a growing antisemitic trend in Great Britain. “It was the only resolution to be defeated during the whole conference,” said Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps, who tabled the resolution at an international Amnesty conference in March. Thorpe-Apps is a non-Jew, but said he was “appalled” by what he has “seen in the press facing the Jewish community.” Read more »

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