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    Holocaust remembrance becoming a political football

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    Israel hosted on Thursday its third-largest ever gathering of international leaders after the funerals of former leaders Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. More than 45 world leaders and senior diplomats, including 26 presidents, four kings (from Spain, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg) and four prime ministers were in town to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    French survey shows prevalence of anti-Semitism In a survey about anti-Semitism in France, nearly a quarter of 1 027 Jewish respondents said they had experienced a physical anti-Semitic assault.
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    • Paula

    Which way will the volatile US-Iran wind blow?

    Jan 16, 2020 Go comment!
    Almost immediately after the United States assassinated Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on Friday, 3 January, the Israeli army went on high alert along the country’s northern and southern borders. The concern was that Iran would respond – which it did five days later – by activating its proxies in the region: Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria; and Hamas in Gaza. Israeli diplomatic missions around the world also braced themselves for a possible revenge attack.
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    Golden Globes 2020: the Jewish nominees

    Dec 13, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) The 2019 Golden Globe nominees were announced on Monday morning, and the film Marriage Story, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, leads the pack with several nominations. Here are the Jews and Jewish productions that were nominated:
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    Mayor says gunmen targeted kosher supermarket in Jersey City

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) The gunmen who entered a Jersey City kosher supermarket and engaged in a deadly shootout with police deliberately chose the store, the city’s mayor said.
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    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    French parliament deems Israel hate anti-Semitism The lower house of France’s parliament passed a nonbinding resolution on Tuesday that deems some forms of hatred of Israel to be expressions of anti-Semitism.
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    • Paula

    From Russia – with love and hate

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    My grandmother had a very clear worldview. Regardless of what was happening in the world, she’d ask if it was good or bad for the Jews. No doubt if she was alive today, she’d ask me – as many people do – whether Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East is good or bad for Israel.
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    British chief rabbi warns against Labour

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) In an unprecedented move, Britain’s chief rabbi has warned ahead of the country’s general elections that the Labour Party’s anti-Semitism problem means that the “very soul of our nation is at stake”.
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    Hiding and heroes – Anne Frank’s childhood friend speaks out

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) At age 92, Laureen Nussbaum is one of the few people still alive who personally knew Anne Frank.
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    Life-changing Shabbos stories

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    The expression “life-changing” is thrown about a lot these days. It’s used to describe everything from a jump out of a plane to a self-help seminar to a plate of food. But how often does an experience literally change a person’s life – beyond recognition – so that things will never be the same. Shabbat, as the saying goes, can do that.”
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    Meeting the only Jew in Pakistan

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Pakistan is the world’s sixth-most populous country. Out of nearly 215 million people, how many Jews would you guess live there?
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    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    U of Toronto kosher controversy ‘absurd’
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    Afghan’s last Jew too much for Taliban to handle

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Meet Zebulon Simentov, 66, who is believed to be the last remaining Jew in Afghanistan. Journalist Emran Feroz recently profiled Simentov for the US publication Foreign Policy and uncovered some incredible stories about the feisty Afghan, including that the Taliban once imprisoned him for arguing with a fellow Jew, then kicked him out because the constant bickering became too annoying.
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    Belgium’s first female prime minister is Jewish

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) Sophie Wilmes is the first woman and the first Jewish person to become the prime minister of Belgium.
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    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Ancient metropolis discovered under highway Archaeological excavations in northern Israel in preparation for a highway interchange to the new city of Harish have uncovered a 5 000-year-old city that was home to as many as 6 000 residents.
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    Zambian politician accuses president of smuggling

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    A Zambian politician has accused the country’s president, Edgar Lungu, of smuggling money and drugs on a return trip from a state visit to Israel in 2017. However, Israel’s ambassador to the country, Gershon Kedar, said that he “vigorously and officially denies such malicious and false allegations”. The ambassador is also the Israeli envoy to Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg on mazel and role models

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) It was a blunt statement in the midst of a cordial conversation: “I’m wondering why you’re here.”
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    Seinfeld still funny, but is it still fresh?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) A lot happened in 1989. The Berlin Wall fell, the Iron Curtain crumbled, and a young political theorist named Francis Fukuyama announced that with Western liberal democracy’s triumph, we had reached “the end of history”.
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    Israel baseball team to compete in the Olympics

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Quick Trivial Pursuit question: “How many Israeli teams have competed in the Olympics?”
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    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Gandhi Rosh Hashanah greeting found in archives A Rosh Hashanah greeting written by Mahatma Gandhi on the day that the Nazis invaded Poland has been discovered at the National Library of Israel.
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