International

UNESCO official slams ‘anti-Semetic display’ at agency’s Belgian carnival

(JTA) — The director-general of UNESCO expressed indignation over a Nazi-themed display at a Belgian parade sponsored by her organization. “The director-general is shocked by the anti-Semitic representation at the Aalst carnival that caricatures the Holocaust,” read a statement posted Tuesday on the website of the United Nations Educational, Scientific...
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Warsaw to build monument commemorating Ringelblum Archive

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A monument commemorating the Ringelblum Archive will be built on Nowolipki Street in Warsaw, where it was hidden during the war. Emanuel Ringelblum led a secret operation code-named Oyneg Shabbos while living in the Warsaw Ghetto, in the basement of the building at 68 Nowolipki St., between...
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New doubts cast on Holocaust account of Nazi child mascot

SYDNEY (JTA) — A war crimes investigator cast fresh doubts on the account of a purported Holocaust survivor who says he was a child mascot for Nazis. Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, wrote to officials last week at the New York-based Conference on Jewish...
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Hezbollah denies involvement in Burgas attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hezbollah denied it was involved in a terrorist attack in Bulgaria that killed six, including five Israelis. Two days after the Bulgarian government implicated two men with links to Hezbollah to the terrorist attack last July, deputy Hezbollah leader Naim Qassem said Thursday that Israel is making...
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White House: Obama won’t bring new peace effort on trip

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama’s visit to Israel will focus on Syria and Iran, and he will not initiate new peace moves, the White House said. “This is a trip the president looks forward to making that is timed in part because we have here obviously a second term for...
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News Analysis: What about Obama’s planned Israel trip?

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Is President Obama’s plan to visit Israel a sign that he’s ready to take another shot at Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking? The White House announced Tuesday that Obama would visit Israel in the spring, his first trip there as president. He did visit in 2008, when...
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Hezbolah-linked terrorists blamed for Burgas attack

(JTA) – Two men with links to the terrorist organization Hezbollah were implicated in a terrorist attack in Bulgaria that killed six, including five Israelis. Hezbollah also financed the bomb attack on a tour bus full of Israelis last July, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters on Tuesday following...
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100 imams to commemorate Holocaust near Paris memorial site

(JTA) — Some 100 imams will commemorate the Holocaust at a memorial monument near Paris. Monday’s event is planned for Drancy, a suburb of the French capital where tens of thousands of Jews were confined in 1942 before being transported to extermination camps during the German Nazi occupation, according to...
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Hungarian court upholds first Holocaust-denial sentence

(JTA) — A Hungarian Holocaust-denier reportedly was ordered to visit a museum about the Jewish genocide or go to jail. The business weekly HVG reported Jan. 31 that a Budapest appeals court handed the 42-year-old man, who was not named, a suspended jail sentence of 18 months. The judge upheld...
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Report: Israel and Vatican to improve relations

(JNS.org) – Israel and the Vatican are on the verge of signing a historic agreement that will formalize diplomatic relations as well as potentially improve Israel’s ties with the global Catholic community.

While Israel and the Vatican established formal diplomatic relations in 1993, they have differed on a number of...
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