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The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea, and take the world along with it,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday at a press availability. He was explaining why President...
Leaders of French Jewry had mixed reactions to the success of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French presidential elections. “Satisfaction and concern,” Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, wrote on Twitter Sunday after exit polls showed that Macron, a centrist independent candidate, won the first round with...
The centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have won the first round of voting in French presidential elections, projected results say. Mr Macron won 23.7%, while Ms Le Pen won 21.7%, French TV says. The two saw off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and the hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, according to the projections. The pair now face a...

Commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

This week marks the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a Jewish revolt against the Nazis that began on April 19, 1943 and lasted until May 16, 1943. Although thousands of Jews were killed, and thousands more deported, the uprising remains a potent symbol of strength in the face of adversity. On Wednesday, Poland’s prime minister, and members...

Le Pen Beckons French Jews — And Some Respond

Back in February, the right-wing Jewish website Dreuz reported on an unprecedented meeting: The Confederation Of French Jews And Friends Of Israel, it disclosed, had recently met with Louis Alliot, the vice president of France’s National Front party, a far-right group long associated with Holocaust denial and historical sympathies for France’s wartime collaborationist regime with the Nazis. Many in the...
A new global campaign titled “We Remember, We Act,” is seeking to change how Jews and others commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, urging people to move from memory to action to aid the world’s poorest Holocaust survivors in their final days. Some 400,000 Holocaust survivors are alive around the world today, many of whom are living their final years in abject...
Warsaw's Jewish community on Wednesday held a burial of damaged Torah scrolls in the Polish capital, an ancient ritual that some believe had not been carried out since the war. Poland's chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich said the meaning of the ceremony was "about remembering that for us the Torah scroll is so important, is so holy, that when it's no...
Newly released United Nations documents reveal that the Allied powers knew about the Jewish Holocaust carried out by Hitler’s Nazi regime at least two-and-a-half years earlier than previously thought. As early as December 1942, the United States, the United Kingdom and the former Soviet Union were aware that at least two millions Jews were massacred by the Nazi regime, according...
Events around the Polish capital on Wednesday marked the 74th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Prime Minister Beata Szydło and other leading politicians, including the head of the opposition Civic Platform party Grzegorz Schetyna, attended commemorations at the site of the former Ghetto. The Jewish insurgency against the Polish capital's Nazi German occupiers was launched on 19...
A Chilean Palestinian official is urging his country to refuse entry to Israeli tourists after he was barred from entering the Jewish state. Anuar Majluf, executive director of the Palestinian Federation of Chile and a prominent BDS, or boycott, divestment and sanctions, movement activist, was refused entry by the government of Israel on April 10 when he arrived there leading an annual...

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