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Auschwitz memorial attracts 1.43 million visitors in 2012

(JTA) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial and museum attracted a record number of visitors in 2012. There were 1.43 million visitors to the grounds of the former Nazi camp last year — the most in the museum’s 65-year history, the museum said on its website.

More than 1 million...
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Montenegro bequeaths land for first synagogue in centuries

(JTA) — The government of Montenegro reportedly has given land to its tiny Jewish community to build the country’s first synagogue in centuries. The last of the paperwork came through on Dec. 31, according to Jasa Alfandari, president of the Jewish Community of Montenegro.

“We have been given a beautiful...
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Jewish U.S. envoy threatened by Al-Qaida in Yemen

(JTA) — Al-Qaida in Yemen has placed a bounty on the head of the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa, Gerald Feierstein. In a message posted on terrorist websites, al-Qaida offered three kilograms worth of gold, or about $160,000, to anyone who kills the ambassador, who is Jewish.

The group also offered...
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Rita Levi Montalcini, Nobel Prize winner in medicine, dies at 103

(JTA) — Rita Levi Montalcini, an Italian biologist who defied World War II fascist anti-Semitism and went on to win a Nobel Prize in medicine, died at the age of 103. Her niece told reporters that Levi Montalcini died quietly in her sleep on Sunday at her home in Rome.

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Israeli government fires back at British criticism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The education minister of Israel responded to British condemnation of planned construction in eastern Jerusalem and accreditation of Ariel University Center. “Our connection to Ariel is at least as strong as the UK’s connection to the Falkland Islands,” Gideon Saar said late Saturday.

“A university is an...
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Hitler statue unveiled outside former Warsaw ghetto

(JTA) — An Italian artist reportedly placed a statue of Adolf Hitler in a building outside what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto. The statue, which depicts Hitler kneeling and is titled “Him,” is part of a new exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan titled “Amen,” according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

In...
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Oestreicher ‘disappointed’ with Bolivian Jewish community

(JTA) — New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher said that the reaction to his jailing by Bolivia’s Jewish community was “quite disappointing.” Ostreicher, who had been jailed in Bolivia without charges for 18 months, said in a media interview that he believes the country’s Jewish community is afraid of the government.

“To...
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Jewish Italian lawmaker launches drive against neo-Nazi parties

ROME (JTA) – A Jewish Italian lawmaker has launched an online petition to bar “neo-fascist, neo-Nazi and racist” movements from fielding candidates in upcoming elections. Milan Member of Parliament Emanuele Fiano launched the petition addressed to Italy’s interior minister after the newly formed Italian section of Greece’s extremist Golden Dawn...
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Jewish lawmaker urges halting Italian ‘Golden Dawn’ extreme-right party

ROME (JTA) – A Jewish member of Italy’s parliament urged the country’s Interior Minister to curb the formal inception of an Italian version of Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party. Alba Dorata Italia, or Golden Dawn Italy, was formed in Trieste in November and has scheduled its constituent assembly for Dec. 21...
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BDS resolution could pass at ANC national conference

JOHANNESBURG (JTA) – A resolution aimed at boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel could gain majority support at this week’s National Conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party. A marked anti-Israel swing by the South African government in recent months has caused consternation among South African Jews and Christian...
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