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Pope Francis with the Simon Wiesenthal Center delegation in the Vatican on Jan. 20, 2020, on the 78th anniversary of the infamous Wannsee Conference in 1942 that sealed the fate of European Jewry, and on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Credit: Simon Wiesenthal Center.
During a private audience on Monday of 54 international leadership delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center on the 78th anniversary of the infamous Wannsee Conference in 1942 that sealed the fate of European Jewry, as well as on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Pope Francis warned the world,...
The Chamber of Deputies is the lower house of Italy. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The Italian government adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism on Friday. Italy also appointed Milena Santerini as the country’s national coordinator of the fight against anti-Semitism. The IHRA definition says: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or...
Yaffa Issachar, mother of Naama Issachar, an Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia on marijuana charges, speaks to the media at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport on Jan. 19, 2020. Photo by Flash90.
The mother of an Israeli-American woman currently serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence in Russia on drug charges expressed hope on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will grant her daughter a pardon. “I came because this is the moment of truth,” Yaffa Issachar, the mother of Naama Issachar, 27, told reporters at Ben-Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, after arriving...
Matteo Salvini speaks during a Lega Nord rally in 2013. Credit: Fabio Visconti via Wikimedia Commons.
These are tumultuous days for Matteo Salvini, head of Italy’s right-wing Lega (League) Party. Recent polls have projected that were elections to be held in Italy today, he would be elected prime minister, but his political opponents are trying to strip him of his immunity so they can bring charges against him for alleged misconduct while he was interior...
An event at the Ukrainian parliament, referred to locally as “Verkhovna Rada,” marked both International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It concluded with the lighting of candles in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust, as well as by the recitation of the Kaddish prayer, Jan. 16, 2020. Photo by Ian Dobronosov.
For the first time in its history, the Ukrainian parliament, referred to locally as “Verkhovna Rada,” marked both International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The event on Thursday was organized by Kiev’s Rabbi Jonathan Markovich; Israel’s Honorary Consul in Ukraine Oleg Vyshniakov; and chairman of the Ukraine-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Association and Parliament member...
Jews move their belongings into the Kovno Ghetto. Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy of George Kadish/Zvi Kadushin)
A Lithuanian parliament committee is drafting legislation declaring that neither Lithuania nor its leaders as participating in the Holocaust, a lawmaker working on the bill said last month at a conference. “The Lithuanian state did not participate in the Holocaust because it was occupied, just as the Lithuanian nation could not participate in the Holocaust because it was enslaved,” said Arunas Gumuliauskas,...
The “Secret Hitler” board game. Source: Amazon.
A board game called “Secret Hitler” was removed from the shelves of three stores in Montreal on Sunday after B’nai Brith Canada received complaints from members of the local Jewish community. “Anything that depicts anything regarding Hitler is a very sensitive issue, especially with growing anti-Semitism throughout Canada, the U.S. and around the world,” Harvey Levine, B’nai Brith’s regional director...
The city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, June 1, 2014. Photo: Alfredo Borba via Wikimedia Commons.
A fake bomb was placed at the entrance of an Israeli-owned kosher restaurant in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The “bomb,” a cardboard box with masking tape fastening wires and an electric trigger mechanism to the top, was found outside the HaCarmel restaurant in southern Amsterdam. Restaurant owner Sami Bar-On told Israel Hayom that this was not the first time his establishment had been targeted. “This...
Naama Issachar, 26, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in a Russian prison after 9.5 grams of cannabis were found in her luggage during a stopover in Moscow, Oct. 11, 2019. Source: Screenshot.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ivanov said on Tuesday that a prisoner-exchange deal for an Israeli-American woman being held in Russia on drug charges is not being considered. “As far as I know, an exchange option is not being looked at,” he said, according to Russia’s Tass news agency. “ was convicted on criminal charges,” he continued. “As for complaints with the...
Russian-Israeli World War II veterans take part in the Veterans Day parade in honor of the Allies' victory over Nazi Germany, in Jerusalem on May 14, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
In recent months, Israel and Russia have been forging a unique partnership at the United Nations. Amid the backdrop of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon and his Russian counterpart, Vasily Nebenzya, decided to join forces and convene a historic event to mark the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, to be...

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