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Ysselsteyn German war cemetery in Holland. Credit: Alex Hoekerd/Flickr.
U.S. Ambassador to Holland Pete Hoekstra visited a Dutch cemetery on Thursday where Nazis are buried. “Walked among the graves at Ysselsteyn, a cemetery for German soldiers from WWI & WWII. A terrible reminder of the cost of going to war and why we must always work towards peace,” he tweeted. Buried at the cemetery are many members of the Waffen-SS,...
The first U.S. Census began on this date in 1790. The total population was pegged at 3,929,326 (both President Washington and Secretary of State Jefferson considered that an undercount), including 694,280 slaves. Historians estimate that the Jewish population in the thirteen states was between 2,000 and 3,000  (the Census has never asked questions about religious affiliation). Today, the American...
Canadian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced on Tuesday that an anti-Israel video was taken down from a Grade 10 online civics course. “Very concerned that this offensive material was on a learning website. Working with @gilamartow, I immediately ordered it to be taken down (it was that day) & investigated to ensure it never happens again. We will not tolerate anti-Semtism ...
The United Nations building in New York City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Miguel Moratinos, expressed his “dismay” on Tuesday over anti-Semitic views espoused on Facebook by Heshmat Khalifa, the head of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), which is Britain’s biggest Muslim charity. Khalifa resigned from IRW after The Times approached him last week and reported about his past remarks, including labeling Egyptian President Abdel...
United Nations building in New York City. Credit: Pixabay.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has named Miguel Morantinos, the High Representative for the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), as the first-ever U.N. Focal Point to monitor anti-Semitism. In his new position, Morantinos—a former Spanish Foreign Affairs minister—will be responsible for enhancing a system-wide response at the United Nations to longtime anti-Semitism. The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement applauded the appointment. “The importance of this...
British rapper Wiley, Nov. 25, 2011. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have deactivated the accounts belonging to the British rap star Wiley after he posted anti-Semitic remarks. “There is no place for hate speech on Facebook and Instagram,” a company spokesperson told The Guardian. “After initially placing Wiley’s accounts in a seven-day block, we have now removed both his Facebook and Instagram accounts for repeated violations of our policies.” Facebook...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inside the Hagia Sophia. Source: Twitter.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan joined hundreds of Muslim worshippers in Istanbul on Friday for the first prayers from the Koran in nearly 90 years inside the Hagia Sophia, once one of Christianity’s most important cathedrals, reported the AP. Over the centuries, the cathedral had been converted into a mosque and then a museum, and now back into a mosque by...
Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Ephraim Mirvis. Credit: Office of the Chief Rabbi.
International Jewish groups are joining in a 48-hour abstention from Twitter in solidarity with Jews in the United Kingdom after British rap star Wiley, who has hundreds of thousands of followers, went on an hours-long social-media rant against Jews. “For too long, social media has been a safe space for those who peddle hatred and prejudice. Free speech is an...
The Doha, Qatar skyline on Feb. 15, 2014. Photo: Francisco Anzola via Wikimedia Commons.
Qatar announced on Monday its interest in hosting the Olympics in 2032. If it were to win the bid, it would mark the first time that a Middle Eastern country has ever held the event. Qatar’s Olympic Committee (QOC) said it had submitted a request to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to join the “continuous dialogue” to host an edition...
Technicians carry out a diagnostic test for the coronavirus in a lab at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa on March 30, 2020. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.
A high-level interministerial delegation of Israeli experts arrived in New Delhi on Monday to test four new technologies for the rapid diagnosis of coronavirus, the Defense Ministry announced on Sunday. The delegation, led by Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka, includes representatives from the Defense, Foreign and Health ministries, as well as from the Israel Defense Forces and various industries...

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