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AJC leaders meet with Jordan’s king

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Leaders of the American Jewish Committee in a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman discussed political and strategic developments in the Middle East.

The AJC Board of Governors delegation headed by AJC President Robert Elman met separately over the weekend with the king and three...
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World Jewish Congress names Robert Singer to top post

(JTA) — Robert Singer was named secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, the organization’s most senior professional position.

“All of the WJC executives who have met Robert have been impressed with his professionalism, insight and vision, and they look forward to working with him in strengthening the WJC’s position...
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Auschwitz rite marks 68 years since liberation

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was marked with a ceremony at the site. Ex-prisoners and liberators of the Nazi death camp attended the ceremony on Sunday, International Holocaust Memorial Day, at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski served as the honorary...
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Rome to dim Colosseum lights in protest of Hungarian far-right party

ROME (JTA) — The lights of the ancient Colosseum in Rome will be dimmed to protest anti-Semitic and racist acts and statements by Hungary’s ultranationalist Jobbik party. The initiative, sponsored by Rome’s city government and the Rome Jewish community, will take place Jan. 27 on International Holocaust Memorial Day. It...
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British Foreign Office lists Israel as ‘country of concern’

(JTA) — The British Foreign Office included Israel as “a country of concern” in a report on human rights violators. Israel appeared on a list in a quarterly report on human rights and democracy issued Thursday by the foreign office of 28 countries accused of perpetrating human rights violations.

The...
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EJC’s Kantor: Tolerance of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn led to immigrant’s murder

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — The head of the European Jewish Congress said the “racist” killing of an immigrant in Athens was a result of Greece tolerating the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. “We are witness to an increasing violence against foreigners and minorities in Greece which is the natural result of...
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Report: Bulgaria lacks proof of Hezbollah involvement in Burgas bus attack

(JTA) — Bulgaria says there is no evidence that Hezbollah was behind an attack on Israelis last year. According to the Jan. 17 report on 24chasa.bg, Bulgarian authorities have identified an Arab with links to al-Qaida as a suspected accomplice in the bombing at the Black Sea resort of Burgas...
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ADL lauds ‘redemption’ of disgraced designer

(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League said disgraced designer John Galliano has changed his beliefs and now understands the evils of anti-Semitism. Galliano, who lost his job as the top designer at Christian Dior after he was arrested for making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar, had dedicated “significant” time to...
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Steinitz, Geithner agree to establish joint forum monitoring Iran economy

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz at a meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner agreed to establish a bilateral forum that would periodically assess the effects of sanctions on Iran. Steinitz at the meeting Monday said Israel believed further sanctions were necessary along with a credible military...
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P.A. officially changes name to State of Palestine

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority officially changed its name to the State of Palestine. P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas decreed Friday that the name would be changed to reflect the recent upgrade of the Palestinians’ status at the United Nations, The Associated Press reported.

Palestinian stamps, signs and letterheads...
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