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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Radical Catholic sect head declares Jews ‘enemies of Church’

TORONTO (JTA) — Jews are “enemies of the Church,” the head of a radical Catholic sect said in Canada. Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, made the remark during a Dec. 28 address at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy in New Hamburg, Ontario,...
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Sweden to honor Wallenberg with annual memorial day

(JTA) — Sweden will honor World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg with an annual memorial day. Aug. 27 will be earmarked as the official Wallenberg day, Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth wrote in an Op-Ed that appeared Friday in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, reported. Wallenberg’s sister Nina Lagergren also...
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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.

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