In our column "Others about us" our intention was to present all the reactions to our work, no matter is it positive or one of those we are not very fond of (anti-Semitic attacks), all with purpose to show to the visitors how the public evaluates our actions. Most of the reactions we collected during past five years are from local newspaper reports.

Our intention is to show, without editing or polishing, how Serbian media observe our activities. That is why we presented scans of newspaper pages showing published articles about us.

On separate pages we published photo galleries showing anti-Semitic incidents, particularly those on territory of Zemun and in our community.

All your reactions to the published material you can E-mail us on: jozemun@EUnet.rs

AP Interview: UNESCO chief says US "empty chair" can't last

UNESCO'S new elected director-general France's Audrey Azoulay attends a press conference at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. UNESCO's member states have voted to confirm the nomination of former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay as the body's new leader.
New UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay has rebuked the U.S. for its decision to withdraw from the U.N. cultural body for alleged anti-Israel bias and says America is "affected by everything" the agency does.
Following her confirmation Friday as director general, Azoulay acknowledged difficulties in the Paris-based organization that has been rocked by U.S. funding cuts since 2011 over the admission of Palestine as a member...
Whole text at the McClatchy site. Published on November 10, 2017.

5 Reasons No Nation Wants to Go to War with Israel

The technology that binds all of these other systems together is the Israeli soldier. Since 1948 (and even before) Israel has committed the best of its human capital to the armed forces. The creation of fantastic soldiers, sailors, and airmen doesn’t happen by accident, and doesn’t result simply from the enthusiasm and competence of the recruits. The IDF has developed systems of recruitment, training, and retention that allow it to field some of the most competent, capable soldiers in the world. None of the technologies above work unless they have smart, dedicated, well-trained operators to make them function at their fullest potential.
Since 1948, the state of Israel has fielded a frighteningly effective military machine. Built on a foundation of pre-independence militias, supplied with cast-off World War II weapons, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have enjoyed remarkable success in the field. In the 1960s and 1970s, both because of its unique needs and because of international boycotts, Israel began developing its own military technologies, as well as augmenting the best foreign tech. Today, Israel boasts one of the most technologically advanced military stockpiles in the world, and one of the world’s most effective workforces...
Whole text at the Yahoo News site. Published on October 22, 2017.

Son of Hamas Founder Shakes Up UN Human Rights Council: ‘If Israel Did Not Exist, You Would Have No One to Blame’

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s perennial debate focusing on condemning Israel witnessed an unusual intervention Monday – a strong-worded statement in Arabic-accented English slamming not Israel but the Palestinian Authority.
Speaking for less than 90 seconds, the speaker questioned the legitimacy of Mahmoud Abbas’s P.A., accused it of jailing and torturing its critics, and called it the “greatest enemy of the Palestinian people.”
“If Israel did not exist, you would have no one to blame,” he declared, concluding by accusing the P.A. of using the HRC platform “to mislead the international community, to mislead the Palestinian society to believe that Israel is responsible for the problem you create.”ŽThe speaker was Mosab Hassan Yousef, the disowned son of a founder of the Islamist terror movement Hamas, and a convert to Christianity...
Whole text at the CNS News site. Published on September 25, 2017.

At UN, Abbas deplores creation of State of Israel
In UN General Assembly Speeches, Palestinian and Iranian Leaders Savage Israel and Zionism.

Attacks on Israel’s legitimacy were in full flow at the UN General Assembly session in New York City on Wednesday, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the 1917 Balfour Declaration — in which Britain announced its support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” — as a “crime against our people,” while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the Jewish state as “the rogue Zionist regime,” in language harking back to the “Zionism-is-racism” days at the world body during the 1970s.
In an angry speech in which he repeatedly accused Israel of violating international law and abandoning the two-state solution, Abbas — moments after wishing Jews a “Happy New Year” on the eve of Rosh Hashana — slammed the United Kingdom for having launched the process which led to the creation of the State of Israel in the first place...
Whole text at the WIN site. Published on September 23, 2017.

Neo-Nazi site Stormfront goes offline
Jewish woman sues Daily Stormer founder for harassment campaign
Alt-right website the Daily Stormer appears hacked by Anonymous ByJTA August 29, 2017 12:26
Earlier this month, Google and GoDaddy booted the Daily Stormer, another neo-Nazi and white supremacist site.

Stormfront was no longer available online after its host put a hold on the neo-Nazi and white supremacist website. The hold issued Friday by Network Solutions is “uncommon” and “usually enacted during legal disputes, non-payment, or when your domain is subject to deletion,” said the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, according to Salon.
Earlier this month, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law urged web.com, which owns Network Solutions, to take down Stormfront, saying it violated the company’s policy against racist and discriminatory content. On Saturday, the Lawyers Committee said on Twitter that it was “pleased to see web.com appears to be enforcing its Acceptable Use Policy.”...
Whole text at the jpost.com. Published on August 26, 2017.

Australian council stops synagogue construction due to terror target fears

The council also said any changes to make the building safer would also make it an eyesore.
A local council in Australia has prevented the construction of a new synagogue due to fears that it could be a terror target, news.com.au reported on Thursday. The new place of worship was planned for a site just hundreds of meters from the country's iconic Bondi Beach.
The decision was upheld by the Land and Environment Court, which appeared to use the proposal's own risk assessment to determine that the synagogue could be a target and therefore endanger the lives of worshipers and local residents.
However the council also said that any changes to make the building safer would be unacceptable as they would have too great an environmental and aesthetic impact on the neighborhood.
Whole text at the i24.com. Published on August 3, 2017.

Roger Waters’ Jewish Problem Catches Eye of Award-Winning Filmmaker
His so-called activism will be the subject of a new documentary

Pink Floyd founding member and former bassist Roger Waters has spent the last decade disparaging the Jewish state. Labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters compares Jews to Nazi collaborators and claims Israel is a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic cleansing.”
As the de facto international spokesman for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, Waters’ contempt for Israel and the Jewish people is often on full display at his concerts, which feature visuals such as a flying pig emblazoned with a Star of David and anti-Israel rants. When big-name performers announce concerts in Israel, Waters publicly pleads with them to cancel and join the boycott...
Whole text at the Observer.com. Published on July 7, 2017.

Facebook Refuses to Block Holocaust Denial

Facebook will not block Holocaust-denying content on its platform in countries where it remains legal, saying it is merely the expression of an opinion.
Facebook will continue to allow Holocaust-denying content on its platform in countries where Holocaust denial is legal, a Facebook executive announced.
Israel’s NRG news reported Monday that Facebook’s head of policy in Israel, Jordana Cutler, in a letter to Member of Knesset (MK) Uri Maklev, wrote that Holocaust denial is illegal in Israel, and therefore such content is blocked for Israeli users as well as in other countries where it is illegal. However, where Holocaust denial is permitted, the social media platform will not block the content.
In the letter to Maklev, chairman of the Knesset’s committee on Science and Technology, Cutler explained that Facebook’s policy is to follow the lead of local governments and law, and that Holocaust denial will be available in several countries, even though it is “disturbing content.”...
Whole text at the worldisraelnews.com. Published on June 26, 2017.

Marchers turn out in NYC for annual Celebrate Israel parade

Elected officials joined thousands of marchers in a sea of blue and white flags along New York City's Fifth Avenue for the annual Celebrate Israel parade.
Participants ranging from school-age children to adults came out Sunday under overcast skies for the event. Elected officials who marched included New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as Sen. Charles Schumer. Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber was an honorary grand marshal.
The event was formerly known as the Salute to Israel Parade, and marks the birth of the Jewish state in 1948. The thousands of people who take part include students from regional yeshivas and Jewish day schools, Jewish groups and synagogues.
At the parade Sunday, Cuomo declared the day as Shimon Peres Day...
Whole text at the ABC News site. Published on June 4, 2017.

Shocker: Russia recognizes ‘West Jerusalem’ as Israel’s capital

Russia’s Foreign Ministry shocks the world by declaring West Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.
In a statement released today by its Foreign Ministry on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Russia took the unusual step of removing ambiguity about its stance on West Jerusalem.
After explaining that it is “deeply concerned” about the absence of active negotiations between Israel and the Arabs on the creation of an Arab state in Judea and Samaria, Russia spelled out its stance on Jerusalem.
“We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. At the same time, we must state that in this context we view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” read the statement...
Whole text at the WIN site. Published on April 6, 2017.

Benefit program for Holocaust survivors launched in Serbia
By JOVANA GEC, Associated Press

A program to provide direct funds to Serbian Holocaust survivors all over the world has been launched in Serbia, an international Jewish group said Tuesday. The program results from a law passed last year in Serbia allowing for the restitution to the Jewish community of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust, the World Jewish Restitution Organization said in a statement.
Tens of thousands of Serbian Jews perished during Nazi occupation of the Balkan country during World War II.
The law envisions the Serbian government paying 950,000 euros ($1 million) per year for 25 years to the Federation of Jewish Communities. For at least the first 10 years, one-fifth of the money will be set aside for direct payments to Holocaust survivors, the World Jewish Restitution Organization said.
"This is a historic step to provide compassion and a measure of justice to Serbian Holocaust survivors more than 70 years after the Nazis declared Serbia free of Jews," WJRO Chair of Operations Gideon Taylor said.
Whole text at the Charlotte Observer site. Published on April 5, 2017.

There is no denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem, UNESCO head says
‘To deny, conceal or erase any traditions undermines the integrity of the site.’

“In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said, firmly rebuffing any attempts by her organization to deny Jewish history connected to Jerusalem.
Bokova was speaking at the policy conference of the European Coalition for Israel, a Christian grassroots movement, in the European Parliament on Thursday. Distinguishing between her role as the highest official of UNESCO and the resolutions passed by member states of the same organization, she said the protection of the heritage of Jerusalem is part of a broader vision for peace and the fight against all forms of denial of Jewish history, delegitimization of Israel and antisemitism.
Whole text at the Jerusalem Post site. Published on April 5, 2017.

US boycotts UN rights council debate on Israel, Palestinians

The United States on Monday boycotted a Human Rights Council session focusing on Palestinian areas, saying the regular review shows the council's "long-standing bias against Israel" that threatens the credibility of the U.N.-supported body.
Israel is the only country that faces an examination of its rights record at every one of the council's three sessions each year under a standing agenda item - known as Item 7 - on "Palestine and other occupied Arab territories." The current session, which lasts four weeks, ends Friday.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, in a statement, denounced how Israel was the only country that is a permanent fixture on the 47-member body's calendar.
"It is not Syria, where the regime has systematically slaughtered and tortured its own people," she said. "It is not Iran, where public hangings are a regular occurrence. It is not North Korea, where the regime uses forced labor camps to crush its people into submission. It is Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East."...
Whole text at the ABC News site. Published on March 20, 2017.

Accused anti-Semitic bomb hoaxer has history of lies, threats

Accused anti-Semitic bomb hoaxer Juan Thompson has a long history of ridiculous lies and frightening threats — everything from once boasting he got a Malcolm X tattoo to vowing to smear his rivals as “racists” and ruin their careers, according to people who count themselves as his victims.
“He told me I wouldn’t get a job once he was done with me,” former friend and Vassar College classmate Ian D’Emilia told The Post.
Thompson, a 31-year-old disgraced journalist, remained jailed on federal cyber-stalking charges Saturday for allegedly calling in eight bomb threats to Jewish organizations.
D’Emilia, who was Thompson’s roommate in 2013, earned Thompson’s ire last year after Thompson was fired from the Intercept news Web site for making up quotes and sources...
Whole text at the New York Post site. Published on March 5, 2017.

Hezbollah threatens to attack Israeli nuclear facility; Israel will strike ‘all of Lebanon’

Israel’s Intelligence Minister said “all of Lebanon will be hit” after Hezbollah leader Nasrallah threatened to attack Israel’s nuclear facility in Dimona.
Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, Yisrael Katz, warned the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah that if it attacks Israel, “all of Lebanon will be hit.”
“If Nasrallah dares to fire at the Israel homefront or at its national infrastrucuture, all of Lebanon will be hit,” Katz said in a statement.
Katz made his remarks after Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah implicitly threatened to attack Israel’s nuclear facility in Dimona, located in Israel’s Negev region.
“I call upon Israel not only to evacuate the ammonia tank from Haifa, but also to dismantle the Dimona nuclear reactor,” Nasrallah said shortly after an ammonia tank up in Haifa was closed down earlier this week.
“The Israeli nuclear weapon that represents a threat to the entire region, we will turn it into a threat to Israel.”
Whole text at the WIN site. Published on February 17, 2017.

Australian leader sides with Israel in wake of UN resolution

Israel has a friend Down Under.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull blasted United Nations Resolution 2334, calling the measure “deeply unsettling.”
Pledging support for the so-called two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians, Turnbull told a Sydney synagogue Friday that peace could only come through negotiations between both sides.
“It is not assisted by one-sided resolutions made at the councils of the United Nations or anywhere else, and that is why Australia has not, and does not, support one-sided resolutions,” Turnbull said at a Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremony in the Australian capital, according to the Australian Jewish News.
“These issues can only be resolved by the State of Israel and the Palestinian community,” Turnbull said...
Whole text at the NY PostNews. Published on December 30, 2016.

Start of Hanukkah met with vandalism, anti-Semitic messages

This year, the start of Hanukkah was met with a spate of anti-Semitism, including an apparent attack at a California synagogue, and at a school in France that was defaced with graffiti in German declaring, “Jews prohibited.” Even President-elect Donald Trump was bombarded with anti-Semitic tweets after he sent good wishes to those celebrating the holiday.
In the case of the California synagogue, Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz arrived at the Living Torah Center Chabad in Santa Monica on Sunday morning to discover feces and rice smeared across the front window of the synagogue.
Although there were no anti-Semitic messages found on the building, the timing and location of the defacement, near the prominently displayed menorah, have led Rabinowitz and others in the congregation to believe that it was a religiously motivated attack...
Whole text at the Yahoo News. Published on December 27, 2016.

Trump Picks ‘True Friend of Israel’ as US Ambassador, Supports Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

US President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of David Friedman on Thursday as the American envoy to Israel drew applause from pro-Israel circles, especially among those committed to Israeli sovereignty in the biblical Jewish homeland and recognition of a united Jerusalem as capital of the Jewish state.
“I am deeply honored and humbled by the confidence placed in me by President-elect Trump to represent the United States as its Ambassador to Israel,” Friedman, 57, stated. “I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the US embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”
Earlier this week, Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, said that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was “a very big priority” for the incoming president...
Whole text at the United with Istael site. Published on December 3, 2016.

Ami Horowitz Went Into a Muslim No-Go Area in Sweden and Got Beat Up by 5 Men

Ami Horowitz went on a fact-finding mission to Sweden to see how much the tide of Muslim immigration has harmed the Scandinavian country. He highlights the extreme rise in rapes and violence, and shows areas that police will not go into. While in one of these areas, Horowitz got attacked by five men and can be heard yelling for help. He asks people to consider whether Sweden has simply offered too many social benefits to anyone living within their borders, and has made it too welcoming for immigrants. This video makes you wonder when Sweden and other European nations will hit their breaking point.
Video at the PJ Media site. Published on December 16, 2016.

A History of Vandalism: Welcome to Ukraine’s Historic Holocaust Site

While many Ukrainian politicians and political activists alike have embraced pointed views on their country’s thorny and controversial World War II past, relatively few may claim direct personal experience of the Holocaust. Abraham Kristein, however, is the rare exception of someone who not only witnessed horrific wartime atrocities in Soviet Ukraine but also lived to tell the tale. Now 84 years old, he soberly recounts his harrowing story over lunch at a local synagogue located in Podil, Kyiv’s old Jewish historic quarter.
In the summer of 1941, when German forces invaded his home town of Tulchin, Kristein was just a small boy in first grade. The Nazis promptly organized a ghetto in the western Ukrainian town, and Jewish families were subjected to great restrictions on daily life. Several months later, in the midst of freezing winter, the Germans went even further by closing the ghetto outright. Kristein’s Jewish family, along with many others, was crammed into a local school where they were forced to stand for days on end...
Whole text at the Huffingtonpost. Published on December 3, 2016.

Holocaust-Themed Skating Performance Sparks Outrage

A smiling, playful and yet poignant ice skating performance on Russian national television has created a social media firestorm — because it is holocaust-themed.
Tatyana Navka, a famous champion ice skater in Russia and the wife of Vladimir Putin’s press spokesman Dmitry Peskov, did a holocaust themed skating performance Saturday on Russia’s “Dancing With the Stars” equivilant, “Ice Age” pairing with famous actor Andrey Burkovskiy.
Donned in striped pajamas and the Star of David, the couple smiled and frolicked to the tune of “The Beautiful Way,” which includes lyrics like, “Smile, no matter what they tell you.”
Navka took to Instagram, calling it “one of my favorite performances,” but her followers thought something quite different.
Video at the Yahoo News. Published on November 27, 2016.

Palestinian U.N. Ambassador: We’ll Use ‘Weapons That We Have in U.N.’ If Trump Moves U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
By Lauretta Brown

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said Friday that if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, then “nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the weapons that we have in the U.N. to defend ourselves, and we have a lot of weapons in the U.N.”
Trump promised in March during a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that, “We will move the U.S. embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”
Following a private meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in September, his campaign wrote that Trump “acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People for over 3,000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.”
Whole text at the CNS News. Published on November 14, 2016.

Roger Waters' views on Israel, BDS movement reportedly costing him millions

Roger Waters is planning his most spectacular and expensive tour yet — but the Pink Floyd legend is facing backlash from some big-name sponsors over his views on Israel.
Sources tell us that American Express balked at spending up to $4 million to sponsor Waters’ 2017 US + Them North American tour.
AmEx sponsored this month’s so-called “Oldchella,” the Desert Trip festival, where Waters performed along with the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Waters, who has angered many in New York with his support for a boycott of Israel over the issue of Palestinian rights, shocked people at Oldchella by unleashing a series of brutal images targeting Donald Trump, and slogans such as “F - - k Trump and his wall” and “Arrogant, lying, racist, sexist,” then voicing solidarity with students protesting for Palestinians. He also urged people to support the controversial BDS Movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) and added, “I encourage the government in Israel to end the occupation.”...
Whole text at the Fox News. Published on October 28, 2016.

Duterte visits synagogue to apologize for Hitler remark

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited a synagogue in the Manila metropolis Tuesday to personally apologize to the Jewish community for making a "terribly wrong" comparison between his anti-drug campaign and Hitler and the Holocaust in a recent speech.
Duterte had apologized to the Jewish world in a speech Sunday but he visited the Beit Yaacov synagogue in Makati city to press his expression of regret and assure that he was not racist, adding that his wife, now separated from him, has Jewish ties.
"I would like to apologize and it comes from the heart," Duterte told members of the Jewish Association of the Philippines.
Deriding critics who had compared him to Hitler, Duterte acknowledged he erred in referencing what happened to Jewish people under the Nazi leader...
Whole text at the Miami Herald site. Published on October 4, 2016.

How Shimon Peres Outwitted the U.S. to Bring Nukes to Israel

Renowned for his decades-long quest for peace in the Middle East, Shimon Peres’s greatest triumph was his cunning and successful plan to bring nuclear weapons to Israel.
PARIS —Shimon Peres is recognized as a great statesman and will be remembered after his death early Wednesday morning at age 93 as a passionate advocate of peace between Israel’s Jews and the Arabs of the Middle East.
With a longer view, historians will note that he managed to become prime minister twice and president of the State of Israel, but he never clearly won the powerful premiership in popular or parliamentary votes. He was always admirable, but in the end, proved almost unelectable, a brilliant rhetorician, but not nearly as successful a politician as, say, long-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Even as a peacemaker, or perhaps especially as a peacemaker, Peres could articulate brilliantly and beautifully the desires for peace, the reasons for peace, the benefits of peace, and indeed he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the PLO’s Yassir Arafat...
Whole text at the Daily Beast site. Published on Sep 28, 2016.

Egyptian judoka jeered in Rio after Israeli handshake snub

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby was jeered out of the Olympic arena in Rio on Friday after refusing to shake hands with his Israeli opponent.
El Shehaby was beaten by Or Sasson in their heavyweight first round encounter but at the end of the bout, he refused to either bow to the Israeli or shake his hand.
In judo it is customary to both bow to opponents -- a sign of respect in Japan -- and shake hands after a bout is over.
El Shehaby had been well beaten but stood impassively as Sasson tried to shake his hand.
As he left the mat area, El Shehaby was called back to the centre by the referee to bow.
But he was then loudly jeered out of the arena by angry supporters.
Egyptian IOC president Hisham Hatab blamed media pressure for El Shehaby's reaction...
Whole text at the Yahoo News site. Published on Aug 12, 2016.

Amsterdam to pay €10m to Jewish community for historic property fines of Holocaust survivors

Amsterdam will give €10 million to its Jewish community as compensation for imposing housing taxes on Jewish survivors of the Second World War who returned home from concentration camps. 
Jewish people who returned to Amsterdam after the war were charged "ground rent" arrears, plus a penalty, for the period their home was unoccupied. Some homes had been sold in their absence. 
The local government at the time also charged outstanding street taxes and insurance bills to the Jewish owners or their surviving relatives, according to a Dutch institute for war, holocaust and genocide report. 
The payments first came to light in a 2013 study by student Charlotte van den Berg. Eberhard van der Lann, the mayor of Amsterdam, told a council meeting the same year they should “recognise what went wrong and put it right”. 
The report suggested the total sum owed was up to €10 million, which Amsterdam said on Friday it would honor...
Whole text at the Telegraph site. Published on May 20, 2016.

American College Kids Pledge Money to 'Wipe Israel Off the Map'

Satirical filmmaker Ami Horowitz went to Portland State University and asked people on campus if they would help raise money for Hamas.

Horowitz said he wanted to see just how far America's liberal students in the Pacific Northwest were willing to take the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel.

Video at the Fox News Insider site. Published on May 23, 2016.

Controversy regarding Jasenovac: Croatia’s Far Right Weaponizes the Past
The new government includes an outspoken apologist for the country's World War II-era fascist regime.

The European Union’s newest member, Croatia, has an unabashed and strong-willed fascist in its new cabinet — one who makes the right-wingers in power in Hungary and Poland look like wimps. The contested figure is Zlatko Hasanbegovic, a 42-year-old historian who became culture minister in late January after the country’s latest election produced a new right-wing ruling coalition.
Hasanbegovic had been a prominent figure in a small ultra-rightist party that openly extols the fascist World War II-era Ustashe movement (He left the party and is now unaffiliated, though he has never renounced it). As a historian, his work focuses on downplaying the crimes of the Ustashe and cautiously rehabilitating its ideas. Unlike the right-wingers in Poland and Hungary who are eviscerating their states’ democratic structures, the Croatian nationalists are waging their war within the realm of political culture — for now. Their goal is to lay the groundwork for an eventual assault on the country’s liberal democracy...
Whole text at the foreignpolicy.com site. Published on May 6, 2016.

Former Auschwitz guard apologises at trial, says it was 'nightmare'

A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard on trial in Germany apologised in court to victims on Friday, telling them he regretted being part of a "criminal organisation" that had killed so many people and caused such suffering.
"I'm ashamed that I knowingly let injustice happen and did nothing to oppose it", said Reinhold Hanning, a former Nazi SS officer, seated in a wheelchair in the court in Detmold.
Hanning is charged with being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people.
Holocaust survivors, who detailed their horrific experiences at the trial which opened in February, have pleaded with the accused to break his silence in what could be one of the last Holocaust court cases in Germany.
Hanning finally broke the silence he kept over the course of 12 hearings, each limited to two hours due to his old age.
Reading in a firm voice from a paper he took out of his grey suit pocket, he said: "I want to tell you that I deeply regret having been part of a criminal organisation that is responsible for the death of many innocent people, for the destruction of countless families, for misery, torment and suffering on the side of the victims and their relatives".
Whole text at the Reuters site. Published on April 29, 2016.

U.N. Security Council Rejects Netanyahu's Claim to Syria's Golan Heights

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bold claim to Syria’s Golan Heights, annexed by Israel in 1967, was rejected by the U.N. Security Council, which still regards the land as belonging to Syria.
The dispute over the heights, which are situated on the Syrian-Israeli border and which Tel-Aviv has argued are strategically important for national security, has been ongoing for decades. A 1981 U.N. resolution officially dismissed Israel’s established control of the heights as illegitimate and a slow resolution process ensued, seeking to restore Syrian control over the territory.
Despite moments when both sides have appeared willing to compromise to resolve their territorial claims, Netanyahu’s government has pushed an increasingly hard line on the Golan Heights issue, especially since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011...
Whole text at the Newsweek site. Published on April 27, 2016.

Iran Vows to Defend Muslim Nations Against Terrorism, Israel

TEHRAN, IRAN— Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday vowed to defend Muslim countries against terrorism and Israel while insisting that its neighbors should not feel threatened.
Speaking during a National Army Day parade in which Iranian forces displayed sophisticated air defense systems recently acquired from Russia, Rouhani praised Tehran's role in helping the Syrian and Iraqi governments roll back the Islamic State group.
"If tomorrow your capitals face danger from terrorism or Zionism, the power that will give you a positive answer is the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said. But he added that Iran would only help if Muslim countries asked it to, and said its military power was purely for defensive and deterrent purposes
"The power of our armed forces is not against our southern, northern, eastern and western neighbors," he said...
Whole text at the VOA site. Published on April 17, 2016.

Sanders's Israel criticism splits Jewish American vote

New York (AFP) - When Bernie Sanders called Israel's response in the 2014 Gaza war disproportionate and urged America to be more balanced on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he smashed a presidential campaign taboo.
His remarks at the April 14 Democratic debate ahead of New York's decisive primary on Tuesday amounted to unprecedented criticism of Israel and promotion of Palestinian rights from a canvassing US presidential candidate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "is not right all of the time," said the Vermont senator. "We cannot continue to be one-sided."
He criticized Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for not saying that she would do more to promote Palestinian rights when she addressed the powerful right-wing American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby in Washington in March.
"If we are ever going to bring peace to that region, which has seen so much hatred and so much war, we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity," Sanders said...
Whole text at the Yahoo News site. Published on April 17, 2016.

France: Le Pen fined over Holocaust remarks

Former French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has been fined 30,000 euros (£24,000; $34,000) for calling the Nazi gas chambers a "detail" of World War Two. He was convicted of contesting crimes against humanity.
The former Front National chief was convicted of the same charge in 2012 after saying France's Nazi occupation had been "not particularly inhumane".
France has strict laws against Holocaust denial.
Mr Le Pen told a journalist his remarks "corresponded to my thought that the gas chambers were a detail of the history of war".
Asked if "millions of deaths" could be called "point of detail", Mr Le Pen said: "It is not a million deaths, it is the gas chambers. I'm talking about specific things. I have not talked about the number of dead. I spoke of a system. I said it was a detail of the history of warfare." ...
Whole text at the BBC site. Published on April 6, 2016.

Wiesenthal Center Calls for Sanctions Against Croatian Soccer Fans
in Wake of Fascist and Anti-Semitic Chants at Recent Israeli-Croatian Friendly Match

Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center today called for sanctions to be leveled against Croatian football supporters in the wake of numerous fascist and anti-Semitic chants by local fans at the Israeli-Croatian friendly match held in Osijek, Croatia last Wednesday.
In a statement issued here by its director for Eastern European Affairs Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center noted that Croatian fans had expressed identification with the Ustasha fascist regime which ruled Croatia during World War II and orchestrated the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Serbs, Jews, Roma and anti-fascist Croatians...
Whole text at the SWC site. Published on March 28, 2016.

Lamar Outdoor Advertising Under Fire for Anti-Israel Billboard

In a message posted on its Facebook page, Lamar Advertising has made the decision to remove the billboard advertisement. This decision was made public hours after the Observer published this story by the Haym Salomon Center’s Paul Miller. The Baton Rouge based company said, “We have tried to contact SEAMAC to discuss these issues but have not received a reply to our telephone and email messages. Therefore we have decided to remove the SEAMAC copy as soon as possible.”
Approximately five miles south of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, alongside the Interstate 294, stands a large anti-Israel billboard.
Sponsored by the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SEAMAC), the sign reads, “Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights.” Part of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the display has captured the attention of Chicago area residents and supporters of the Jewish state across the country. This has led to a growing social media campaign condemning Lamar Advertising, owner of the advertising space, for accepting the ad that is regarded as anti-Semitic by many in the Jewish community...

Whole text at the Observer site. Published on Feb 19, 2016.

Pope visits Rome synagogue, condemns violence in name of religion

Pope Francis made his first visit as pontiff to a synagogue on Sunday, where, in a reference to Islamist attacks, he condemned violence in the name of religion.
Amid chanting of psalms in Hebrew and speeches underscoring the remarkable advances in Catholic-Jewish relations in the past 50 years, Francis became the third pontiff to visit Rome's main synagogue, after popes John Paul and Benedict.
The temple is just across the Tiber River from the Vatican, and is rich with symbolism of the past persecution of Jews, who for nearly 300 years until the mid-19th century were forced to live in the adjoining quarter still known as The Ghetto and make compulsory payments to the popes.
Security was exceptionally tight in the area, with even journalists going through three separate checks in the space of less than 100 meters. Anti-terror police patrolled both sides of the riverbank, which was closed to the public...
Whole text at the Reuters site. Published on Jan 16, 2016.

Swedish FM calls to probe Israeli violence against Palestinians in recent terror wave

STOCKHOLM - Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called on Tuesday for an investigation to determine if Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during the recent wave of violence there, local media reported.
The comments were the latest in a series of statements by Wallstrom that have irked Israeli authorities. Ties between Sweden and Israel nose-dived after Sweden announced its recognition of a Palestinian state shortly after Wallstrom's center-left Social Democrats won general elections in 2014.
She deepened the rift last year by describing Palestinians' plight as a factor leading to Islamist radicalization.
"It is vital that there is a thorough, credible investigation into these deaths in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability," Wallstrom said during a parliamentary debate, according to news agency TT...
Whole text at the Jerusalem Post site. Published on Jan 12, 2016.

Margot Wallstrom, tough Swede shown the door by Israel

Stockholm (AFP) - The unusually frank approach of Sweden's foreign minister has seen fans send her flowers over her biting criticism of Saudi Arabia -- and now prompted Israel to declare her persona non grata.
Declared unwelcome by authorities in the Jewish state on Wednesday thanks to a raft of critical comments, Margot Wallstrom has made a name for herself as a vocal feminist and fierce defender of human rights.
The 61-year-old Social Democrat is the undisputed star of her government, but critics wonder whether her tendency to speak her mind -- not a quality traditionally found in diplomats -- is good for the country.
She has repeatedly enraged Israel, starting with Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state shortly after she became foreign minister in October 2014...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Jan 15, 2016.

Sweden-Israel rift deepens over comments on Palestinian deaths
By Dan Williams and Simon Johnson

Relations between Sweden and Israel hit a fresh low on Sunday after Israel said Sweden's foreign minister had accused it of unlawful killings and Stockholm responded by saying that the comments had been "blown out of reasonable proportion".
Relations between Sweden and Israel hit a fresh low on Sunday after Israel said Sweden's foreign minister had accused it of unlawful killings and Stockholm responded by saying that the comments had been "blown out of reasonable proportion". Relations between the two countries have nose-dived since Sweden's Social Democrat-led government recognized a Palestinian state last year. Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom deepened the rift by describing Palestinians' plight as a factor leading to Islamist radicalization.
In the latest row, Israel condemned as "scandalous" on Sunday what it said was a suggestion by Wallstrom its forces had unlawfully killed Palestinians involved in a surge of street violence, and warned of a diplomatic rupture with Stockholm...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Dec 6, 2015.

Pope Francis to visit Rome synagogue for first time
Francis to be third Roman Catholic pontiff to visit the seat of Rome's Jews.

ROME - Pope Francis will make his first pontifical visit to Rome's Great Synagogue next year, the Vatican and the city's Jewish community said in statements on Tuesday.
Francis, who had a good relationship with the Jewish community in his native Argentina, will go to the synagogue on the bank of the Tiber River on Jan. 17 for the first time since he was elected pope in 2013.
He will be the third Roman Catholic pontiff to visit the seat of Rome's Jews after his predecessor Benedict and John Paul II.
Whole text at the Jerusalem Post site. Published on Nov 22, 2015.

For Palestinian president, all of Israel is ‘occupied territory’

Even as Palestinians are stabbing Jews on Israeli streets, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry still save their harshest criticism for Israel’s settlement-building and its “incitement” to violence.
They’d do well to notice what Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently had to say in Arabic to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Amid a long harangue against Israel, Abbas asked: “For how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? After 67 years, how long?” Now, 67 years takes us back to 1948 — the year of modern Israel’s creation.
That’s nearly two decades before the Six-Day War, when Israel captured the West Bank and Gaza.
In other words, Abbas sees “occupied” Palestine as not just the territory taken in 1967 — but as every inch of Israel.
Whole text at the New York Post site. Published on Nov 4, 2015.

Lauder: Declaring Western Wall a Muslim site would make mockery of UNESCO principles

World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder today warned UNESCO against exacerbating tensions in Israel by adopting a Palestinian-sponsored resolution that declares the Western Wall in Jerusalem a part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Ahead of a vote by the UNESCO Executive Council later this week, Lauder said the proposal “goes in the face of the UNESCO Constitution, which very clearly states the organization’s aim to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration and coexistence. It would make a mockery of that founding principle if the UNESCO Executive Council were to back such a resolution. UNESCO must not be turned into a battleground for conflicts between religions.”​
The WJC president added: “For thousands of years, Jews have lived and prayed in Jerusalem. Since 1967, the State of Israel has safeguarded the right of worship of all three monotheistic religions present in Jerusalem, including the right of Muslims to pray on the Mount...
Whole text at the WJC site. Published on Oct 18, 2015.

Jewish Leaders Demand Explanation From New York Times After Publication of
Chart Listing Jews in Congress Who Oppose Nuclear Deal

Leading Jewish organizations slammed The New York Times on Thursday for publishing an infographic listing Jewish Congressional Democrats who oppose the Iran nuclear deal.
The chart listed anti-deal Democrats in the House and Senate in columns, one of which was headed “Jewish?” Another showed the lawmakers’ “District and estimated Jewish population.”
The text accompanying the graphic pointed out that, “Though more Jewish members of Congress support the deal than oppose it, the Democrats against the deal are more likely to be Jewish or represent Jewish constituencies.”...
Whole text at Aglegemeiner.com. Published on Sep 11, 2015.

What they don't tell you about Israel's famously tight airport security

A few months ago, I was sitting in the terminal at Ben Gurion International Airport, in Tel Aviv, reading a fellow traveler's account of flying out of Israel.
I'd heard horror stories of strip searches and endless lines. I was curious what I was really up against. I wasn't surprised to learn security is top-notch.
After all, I had already been searched and questioned twice, once through the window of my taxi and again before the terminal doors. All this and I hadn't even entered the airport yet. But then I read about the stickers.
I learned that before any passenger ever gives up his luggage to the fine folks at Ben Gurion International, an employee places a neon yellow sticker on the back of your passport. On it is a 10-digit number. The first number, ranging from one to six, indicates your perceived threat level to whomever else you're passed along. I got a five...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on June 12, 2015.

Republican Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Takes On Growing Movement To Boycott Israel

LAS VEGAS — Some of Zionism’s wealthiest supporters will gather in Las Vegas this weekend to consider how they can most efficiently use their money to undermine the growing support for Palestinian liberation on college campuses and throughout American society.
Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul and frequent big-dollar donor to conservative political candidates, called for the private summit at the Venetian, Adelson’s luxury hotel on the Vegas Strip, to gather top donors and pro-Israeli organizations to plan better ways to oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, particularly its growing support among college and university students.
Supporters of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine are alarmed that a record number of college campuses — 15, up from 13 in the previous year — adopted resolutions during this academic school year demanding that their schools end investment in Israel...
Whole text at the Mint Pressl site. Published on June 3, 2015.

Pope: Non-Recognition of Israel as Jewish State is ‘Anti-Semitism’

Non-recognition of the Jewish state is tantamount to anti-Semitism, Pope Francis stated, adding that reports that he had called the PA leader an “angel of peace” were inaccurate.
Pope Francis said on Thursday that not recognizing Israel as a Jewish state was anti-Semitic, and he repeated his denial of media reports in May that he had called the PA leader an “angel of peace.”
In an email message to Israeli journalist Henrique Cymerman and the pope’s longtime friend Rabbi Avraham Skorka, the pontiff stated that “whoever does not accept the Jewish people and does not accept the State of Israel, which has a right to exist, is guilty of anti-Semitism.”
Not for the first time, the pope denied that he had called Abbas “an angel of peace,” explaining that he had told the PA leader, in Italian, that he believes he could still become an angel of peace, depending on his commitment to peace. The media initially reported that the Catholic leader had called Abbas an “angel of peace,” an apparent error in translation...
Whole text at the United with Israel site. Published on June 1, 2015.

Obama speach in American Synagogue: Iran Deal 'Will Have My Name on It'

President Barack Obama wore a skullcap and danced to Hebrew songs with Jewish preschoolers during a visit to a major Washington synagogue that is being seen as an effort to reassure American Jews that he feels the way they do about Israel and anti-Semitism.
Obama's approval rating among Jews is higher than among Americans in general. But it's been slipping lately among this key Democratic constituency, amid concerns about his negotiations with Iran, whose leaders have denied the Holocaust and threatened to wipe Israel from the map.
In what is being seen as his most forceful defense of a preliminary nuclear deal reached last month with Iran, the president, addressing a crowd of about 1,200 gathered at Congregation Adas Israel, said he welcomed a “healthy debate” about the best strategy to follow...
Whole text at voanews.com. Published on May 22, 2015.

China is destined to intervene in the conflict between Israel and Palestine

In June 1954, the leaders of China, India, and Burma (now Myanmar) issued a joint statement affirming the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence—mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence—as the basis for conducting international relations. Since then, China has adhered strictly to the principle of non-interference in other countries’ domestic turmoil, as displayed prominently over the past several years in Beijing’s response to the Syrian civil war.
However, this is not true in the shuttle diplomacy China is practicing with respect to the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan.
There, Chinese state-owned enterprises (mainly the China National Petroleum Company) have invested heavily in the oil fields of Sudan for decades, and in the oil infrastructure of South Sudan since its independence in 2011. China’s “crossing the water by feeling the stones” style of changing its non-interference policy—a Chinese expression referring to a methodical, pragmatic style in addressing a new problem—is happening not just in Sudan but also in many other parts of Africa and, on a smaller scale, in other parts of the world...
Whole text at QZ.com. Published on May 11, 2015.

Criticism Follows Israeli Aid to Nepal

When a devastating earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, the Israel Defense Forces quickly assembled and sent one of the largest aid teams of any country. Its field hospital included 60 beds and an obstetrics department. A recent count noted that the Israeli physicians had conducted 33 surgeries, delivered five babies and were assisting in Nepalese hospitals, as well.
Reaching out to countries in need is a long-standing Israeli tradition. Emergency teams went to Turkey after an earthquake in 1999, and again in 2011, even though Turkey initially declined twice because of eroding relations between the two countries. Israel sent a large team to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and in March 2011, it was the first country to set up a field hospital in Japan after the tsunami. Similar relief efforts were conducted in Mexico (1985), Armenia (1988), Greece (1999), Egypt (2004) and Kenya (2006)...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on May 5, 2015.

Hamas is using heavy machinery to accelerate the construction of 'attack tunnels' in Gaza

Hamas has begun using heavy machinery and engineering tools to accelerate the excavation of attack tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip under the Israeli border, sources in the Palestinian enclave told the Times of Israel Wednesday.
The equipment, the sources said, includes small bulldozers with the ability to maneuver in tight spaces. From the Israeli side of the border, larger tractors are clearly visible above the ground as the machines prepare the tunnel entries.
The Gaza-based terrorist organization has been using whatever cement it can get its hands on for the construction of the tunnels, and fortifying the walls of its underground structures with wood as well...
Whole text at the Business Insider site. Published on Apr 15, 2015.

Netanyahu tells Obama Iran deal 'threat to Israel's survival'

Jerusalem (AFP) - The framework nuclear deal agreed with Iran would jeopardise Israel's existence if implemented, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman quoted him as saying to US President Barack Obama on Friday.
"PM Netanyahu to Pres Obama: A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel," Mark Regev wrote on his official Twitter account.
Regev quoted the Israeli premier as saying in the telephone conversation that the deal as it appears to be emerging "would not block Iran's path to the bomb. It would pave it. "It would increase the risks of nuclear proliferation and the risks of a horrific war," he added.
The White House quoted Obama as telling Netanyahu that the framework deal between Iran and world powers represented "significant progress." ...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Apr 02, 2015.

France says will propose UN Security Council draft on Israel

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's foreign minister said Friday his country will propose a U.N. Security Council resolution in the coming weeks that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Laurent Fabius said "there is no other solution" but said he doesn't know what the United States, Israel's top ally, will agree to.
The minister spoke to reporters at U.N. headquarters before leaving for the Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland.
"France will be part and parcel in proposing a resolution in the U.N.," he said. He said discussions with partners will begin in the days ahead.
The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy, Robert Serry, challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying it should present a framework for talks that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Mar 27, 2015.

"Anti-Semitic" attack on London synagogue leads to arrests

Police arrested six men after a group of 20 or so tried to violently force their way into a London synagogue late Saturday night, according to multiple reports.
In a video posted to YouTube that appears to show the incident, members of the Ahavas Torah synagogue in Stamford Hill can be seen defending themselves with chairs and other objects amid loud cursing and an apparent assault by an unseen group just outside a pair of doors with broken windows.
Reuters reports only one worshipper sustained minor facial injuries defending the building. It is unclear what kicked off the incident, but police expressed doubt it was a planned attack.
"The incident is being treated as an anti-Semitic incident, due to remarks made by one of the group," London's Metropolitan police said in a statement. "However, there is nothing to suggest it was a planned or targeted attack."
Rabbi Maurice Davis of the Ahavas Torah synagogue, backed up the police statement, telling the BBC: "I think this incident was more anti-social than anti-Semitic" ...
Whole text at CBS News site. Published on Mar 22, 2015.

Michael Douglas Writes Op-Ed About Rise in Anti-Semitism, Attack Against His Son

Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times printed an op-ed by Michael Douglas in which the Oscar and Emmy winning actor opines over what he calls the rise of anti-Semitism "with renewed vigilance." Douglas begins by recounting a recent incident involving his 14-year-old son Dylan on a vacation in Southern Europe.
"During our stay at a hotel, our son Dylan went to the swimming pool. A short time later he came running back to the room, upset. A man at the pool had started hurling insults at him. And suddenly I had an awful realization of what might have caused the man's outrage: Dylan was wearing a Star of David," Douglas writes. "After calming him down, I went to the pool and asked the attendants to point out the man who had yelled at him. We talked. It was not a pleasant discussion. Afterward, I sat down with my son and said: 'Dylan, you just had your first taste of anti-Semitism.'"...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Mar 16, 2015.

Inside Gaza's tunnels, militants get ready for the next war
By Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, Gaza Strip

In an olive grove close to houses in the southern Gaza Strip, the earth slides open smoothly, revealing a sight to terrify Israel.
A deep pit containing a 120mm (4in) mortar tube, and three fighters from the militant group - Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Fully armed and in combat fatigues, the men are all wearing head torches. They move quickly, in well-drilled movements, loading and unloading the tube from a stack of mortars at the back of their position.
This is a show of readiness, a show of strength, for the next war with Israel. It is a war that both the militants and the Israeli military, on the other side of the border, believe could come again soon.
The hidden mortar pit is right by the border with Israel, or so I am told.
I cannot be entirely sure as the armed fighters blindfolded me, searched me for tracking devices and removed my mobile phones before the journey.
Viewed as a terrorist group in the West, Islamic Jihad is committed to Israel's destruction...
Whole text at BBC News. Published on Feb 21, 2015.

Norway's Muslims form protective human ring around synagogue

OSLO (Reuters) - More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend.
Chanting "No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia," Norway's Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend.
"Humanity is one and we are here to demonstrate that," Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the protest's organizers told a crowd of Muslim immigrants and ethnic Norwegians who filled the small street around Oslo's only functioning synagogue...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Feb 21, 2015.

The Great Jewish Exodus
By Roger Cohen

LONDON — They were gone, as completely as from Baghdad or Cairo, Damascus or Alexandria. They had vanished from Budapest and Brussels, from Frankfurt and Padua, from Paris and Manchester, from Antwerp and Stockholm.
As in the Arab world, Europe wondered what it had lost. The texture of life was thinned, the richness of exchange diminished, the flowering of ideas curtailed. There was an absence.
They did not say much. They packed and left, wheeling their suitcases, carrying their bags and bundles and babies, a little wave offered here and there. Rich and poor, religious and not, they sold what they had and went on their way. People looked askance, as their forbears once had in crueler circumstances, a little uneasy at the exodus, unsure what it meant but certain it was the end of a very long story.
Was Europe not the Continent of Disraeli and Heine and Marx (all baptized, but still), of Freud and Einstein, of Rothschild and Bleichröder, of Dreyfus and Herzl, of Joseph Roth and Stefan Zweig? Was it not the home of Yiddish, once the first tongue of millions, a language perhaps unique, as Isaac Bashevis Singer noted, because it was never spoken by men in power?...
Whole text at The New York Times. Published on Feb 19, 2015.

Hundreds of graves vandalized at Jewish cemetery in France

Hundreds of graves have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, in what the president called an "odious and barbaric" anti-Semitic act against French values.
The vandalism comes at a time of growing insecurity among French Jews and amid general religious tensions in Europe, after Islamic radicals attacked a kosher market and a satirical newspaper in Paris last month and similar attacks hit Denmark this weekend.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Sunday that a criminal investigation team is at the damaged cemetery in Sarre-Union, near the German border, and authorities will do "everything" to pursue the vandals.
Jewish and Muslim gravesites and places of worship in France see sporadic but frequent vandalism. The incident this weekend was of an unusually large scale, and hit a cemetery that has been vandalized in the past. Local media reported that about 200 grave stones were knocked down, and a monument to Holocaust victims was damaged...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Feb 17, 2015.

Turkey pulls out of Munich conference to avoid Israeli delegation

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pulled out of a security conference in Munich at the last minute on Friday, saying he did not wish to attend a joint session with an Israeli delegation.
Relations between the formerly steadfast allies remain strained since a major rupture in 2010, when Israeli marines killed nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists in clashes aboard a ship that tried to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip. A tenth Turk later died of injuries from the incident.
"I was going to attend the conference but we decided not to after they added Israeli officials to the Middle East session at the last minute," Cavusoglu told a news conference in Berlin, where he has been meeting Turkish ambassadors based in Europe...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Feb 6, 2015.

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israel raid

Beirut (AFP) - An Israeli strike on Syria killed an Iranian general, Tehran confirmed Monday, as thousands of supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah gathered to bury one of six fighters killed in the same raid.
The attack on Sunday near Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights enraged Hezbollah's supporters, but analysts said the group would avoid a major escalation with Israel. Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards confirmed the death of one of their generals in a statement on their website.
"General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and a number of fighters and Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) forces were attacked by the Zionist regime's helicopters," it said.
"This brave general and some members of Hezbollah were martyred."
A source close to Hezbollah said six Iranians had been killed in the attack. Hezbollah told AFP that it was not the source of that toll...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Jan 19, 2015.

French Prime Minister: If 100,000 Jews Leave, France Will No Longer Be France

The massacre at a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday reinforced a fear, expressed openly and with distressing frequency by many in France's half-million-strong Jewish community, that Islamist violence is compelling large numbers of Jews to flee.
Already, several thousand have left over the past few years.
But it is not merely the physical safety of France's Jews that is imperiled by anti-Semitic violence, the country's prime minister, Manuel Valls, argues, but the very idea of the French Republic itself.
In an interview conducted before the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket massacres, Valls told me that if French Jews were to flee in large numbers, the soul of the French Republic would be at risk...
Whole text at the Buseness Insider site. Published on Jan 11, 2015

Terror in France: SWC Statement and Reaction from Paris

The Simon Wiesenthal Center mourns the loss of the hostages taken at the kosher market in Paris. The world can no longer pretend that Islamist fundamentalists consist of a few isolated cells. They have millions of adherents around the world of Muslim communities. These horrors will not end until our political leaders come up with a global plan to identify, root out and destroy the cancer of Islamist extremism and until responsible leaders – religious and secular – go on the offensive against their co-religionists who murder and maim innocents in the name of Allah,” stated Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Founder and Dean and Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center...
Whole text at the SWC site. Published on Jan 9, 2015

HarperCollins Publishes Maps In The Middle East That Omit Israel

HarperCollins, one of the world's largest publishing houses, sells English-language atlases to schools in the Middle East that omit Israel.
Collins Middle East Atlases show Jordan and Syria extending to the Mediterranean but do mark the position of the West Bank.
“The publication of this atlas will confirm Israel’s belief that there exists a hostility towards their country from parts of the Arab world. It will not help to build up a spirit of trust leading to peaceful co-existence,” said Bishop Declan Lang, the chairman of the Bishops' Conference Department of International Affairs, to The Tablet.
“Maps can be a very powerful tool in terms of de-legitimizing 'the other' and can lead to confusion rather than clarity. We would be keen to see relevant bodies ensure that all atlases anywhere reflect the official United Nations position on nations, boundaries and all political features," added Dr Jane Clements, director of the Council of Christians and Jews...
Whole text at the Business Insider site. Published on Dec 31, 2014

Palestinian woman stabs Israeli, shot by security forces

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli in the occupied West Bank on Monday and was then shot and wounded by security forces, the military and police said.
Violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories has risen in the past months. Attacks carried out by Palestinians have killed 11 Israelis. Twelve Palestinians have been killed, including several of the assailants.
The latest incident occurred in the Etzion bloc of Jewish settlements near Jerusalem. The Israeli was lightly wounded.
A military spokesman said the Israeli was a civilian and that security forces "overcame the suspect and transferred her for further medical assistance".
A police spokeswoman said the Palestinian woman who carried out the attack was shot. Reuters witnesses saw her being taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said she was seriously wounded...
Whole text at Yahoo.com. Published on Dec 2, 2014


Israelis worry with Syrian al-Qaida on doorstep
By DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press

MEROM GOLAN, Golan Heights (AP) -- For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaida fighters are hunkered down on Israel's doorstep, and Israelis in the lush, hilly Golan Heights who have long considered Syrian President Bashar Assad their bitter foe are now worried about something more ominous - that they could become the militants' next target.
The push into the Golan by the Nusra Front, as al-Qaida's branch in Syria is known, comes just two weeks after Israel ended a 50-day war against Hamas on its southern border with the Gaza Strip, giving the conflict-weary nation another cause for concern.
Israelis in the Golan have grown accustomed to hearing the sound of distant battles between rival forces in Syria's civil war.
But last week's seizure of the strategic Quneitra border crossing by the Nusra Front fighters who expelled Assad's forces from the area - and abducted 45 U.N. peacekeepers in the process - has created an unprecedented situation that has brought the extremists to within just a few meters (yards) of Israeli positions...
Whole text at AOL.com. Published on Sep 4, 2014

Nearly 200 Hollywood Actors and Execs Sign Pro-Israel, Anti-Hamas Statement

Amy Pascal, Ivan Reitman, Seth Rogen, Phil Rosenthal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marty Singer, Aaron Sorkin, Sylvester Stallone, Nina Tassler, Jerry Weintraub and plenty others lend their names in support.
Nearly 200 Hollywood actors and executives have signed Creative Community for Peace's pro-Israel, anti-Hamas open letter.
The document states that the undersigned “are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza.” It denounces suffering on both sides and calls for peace in the region.
“Hamas cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor can it be allowed to hold its own people hostage,” the statement chastised. “Hospitals are for healing, not for hiding weapons. Schools are for learning, not for launching missiles. Children are our hope, not our human shields.”...
Whole text at WRAP.com. Published on August 23, 2014

Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.
Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, where he had been transferred Saturday after a month in jail, his lawyer and the U.S. Marshals Service said. His death was disclosed Wednesday just as U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice approved the extradition request, which would still have needed final U.S. government review.
Rice found probable cause that Breyer was the person being sought by German authorities over his suspected service as an SS guard at Auschwitz during World War II.
"No statute of limitations offers a safe haven for murder," he wrote in his ruling.
U.S. marshals had arrested Breyer in June outside his longtime home in Philadelphia. He was facing charges of aiding in the killing of 216,000 Jewish men, women and children at a Nazi death camp...
Whole text at AOL.com. Published on July 23, 2014

As Israel Hits Mosque and Clinic, Air Campaign’s Risks Come Home

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip — As Israel’s air war against Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters in Gaza entered its sixth day on Saturday, a pair of bombings threw the difficulties of the campaign into painful relief: Israel bombed a mosque, which its aerial photos indicated was harboring a weapons cache, and a center for the disabled, killing two residents and wounding three, as well as a caretaker.
A separate strike on the house of a police commander killed at least 18 people, the highest toll so far this conflict, bringing the total number of dead to at least 140, Palestinian officials said.
In response, Hamas fired a barrage of rockets at Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, garnering much attention despite causing no deaths or injuries, as three of them were intercepted...
Whole text at the NY Times site. Published on July 12, 2014

Brussels Jewish Museum shooting: Fourth person dies as video of shooter released

A fourth person has died in a shocking attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum as authorities release new video of the gunman.
Chilling footage shows the shooter, dressed in an olive cap and blue long-sleeved shirt, hustling through a hallway at the museum where he quickly unpacks the long gun and opens fire. He packs the weapon just as rapidly into one of his two shoulder bags and walks briskly away.
The victims include two Israelis and one French citizen. A Belgian museum worker who had been in critical condition died on Sunday, a museum spokeswoman told CNN.
The shooting suspect is now the target of nationwide manhunt, authorities said...
Whole text at the Daily News site. Published on May 25, 2014

Suspect in Jewish museum killings went to Syria

PARIS (AP) - A suspected French jihadist who spent time in Syria is in custody over the shooting deaths of three people at a Belgian Jewish museum, prosecutors said Sunday, crystalizing fears that European radicals will parlay their experiences in Syria into terrorism back home.
When Mehdi Nemmouche was arrested in southern France on Friday, he was in possession of firearms, a large quantity of ammunition and a video claiming responsibility for the May 24 attack, a Belgian prosecutor said.
In a one-minute rampage that deeply shook Europe's Jewish community, a gunman opened fire at the Brussels museum. In addition to the fatalities, another person was gravely wounded.
Authorities raised anti-terror alert levels as they searched for the attacker. But it was ultimately a customs inspection in the French port city of Marseille that turned up Nemmouche, as he disembarked from a bus coming from Amsterdam, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said...
Whole text at the AOL site. Published on June 1, 2014

Fatal shooting in Kansas near the Jewish Community Center

A man in his 70s opened fire Sunday outside of a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community, killing three people, authorities said.
Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference Sunday evening that a person who had been reported to be in critical condition earlier was among three killed in the attacks, which apparently occurred minutes apart.
"Today is a sad and very tragic day," Douglass said. "As you might imagine we are only three hours into this investigation. There's a lot of innuendo and a lot of assertions going around. There is really very little hardcore information."
Shots were fired behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in a parking lot about 1 p.m., Douglass said. One male died at the scene, another male died at a hospital. The gunman then fled and opened fire at nearby Village Shalom, killing a female, before later being arrested near an elementary school. Two other people were shot at, but the gunfire missed them, Douglass said...
Whole text at the AOL site, 13-4-2014

Mayor 'Kind Of Agreed' With White Supremacist Accused Of Killing 3 At Jewish Centers

Marionville, Missouri Mayor Dan Clevenger said he "kind of agreed" with some of the beliefs of Frazier Glenn Cross, the 73-year-old accused of killing three people outside of a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday.
In an interview with KSPR, Clevenger said Cross -- who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller -- was "[v]ery fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him."
"He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people, you know, he respected his elders greatly. As long as they were the same color as him," Clevenger said. "Kind of agreed with him on some things but, I don't like to express that too much," Clevenger told KSPR, which noted the mayor had expressed his views before:
That hasn't always been the case. Nearly a decade ago, Clevenger wrote a letter to the editor of the Aurora Advertiser. "I am a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings," wrote Clevenger. "The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United State's workforce."...
Whole text at the Huffington Post site, 16-4-2014

U.S. Is Weighing Release of a Spy for the Israelis

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is discussing the release of an American convicted of spying for Israel more than a quarter of a century ago, American officials said Monday, as it struggles to avert a collapse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Israeli government has long sought the release of the spy, Jonathan J. Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, who is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison for passing classified documents to his Israeli handlers. But the United States has steadfastly refused, in part because of the vehement opposition of the nation’s intelligence agencies.

Now, however, freeing Mr. Pollard is again on the table, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jerusalem on Monday for urgent talks to try to resolve a dispute over Israel’s release of Palestinian prisoners. That dispute is the latest roadblock to high-stakes peace talks that began last summer but appear to have made little progress and now face an April 29 deadline.

No decision has been made yet on Mr. Pollard, said one official, who asked not to be identified because the person was discussing private deliberations. A decision to release Mr. Pollard would be in the context of a broader agreement to extend the talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, officials said, and would require President Obama’s approval.
Whole text at the New York Times site, also from the AOL News

Hitchcock’s Masterpiece On The Holocaust Concentration Camps Is Finally Released

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Tunisia handed one year Davis Cup ban after Israeli boycott order
Tunisia have been suspended from the 2014 Davis Cup after the country's tennis federation ordered its number one player not to play against an Israeli.

Malek Jaziri withdrew from the second tier Tashkent Challenger tournament last month before his match against Israel's Amir Weintraub. Jaziri's brother told reporters the 215th ranked player had been ordered to default the match.
The governing body of men's tennis, ATP, cleared the player of wrongdoing but the International Tennis Federation (ITF) decided to impose the ban.
"The ITF Board of Directors found that the Tunisian Tennis Federation was in breach of the ITF Constitution by interfering with international sporting practice and ordering Tunisian player Malek Jaziri not to compete against Israeli player Amir Weintraub at the 2013 Tashkent Challenger in October," the ITF said in a statement on Saturday.
"The Board was not satisfied with the case put forward by the Tunisian Tennis Federation and voted to suspend Tunisia from the 2014 Davis Cup competition."...
More at Yahoo News (Nov 3, 2013)

Bashar Assad Accuses Israel Of Trying To Destabilize Syria

MUNICH — Israel's defense minister strongly signaled Sunday that his country was behind an airstrike in Syria last week, telling a high profile security conference that Israeli threats to take pre-emptive action against its enemies are not empty. "We mean it," Ehud Barak declared.
Israel has not officially confirmed its planes attacked a site near Damascus, targeting ground-to-air missiles apparently heading for Lebanon, but its intentions have been beyond dispute. During the 22 months of civil war in Syria, Israeli leaders have repeatedly expressed concern that high-end weapons could fall into the hands of enemy Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese militants.
For years, Israel has been charging that Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iran have been arming Hezbollah, which fought a monthlong war against Israel in 2006.
U.S. officials say the target was a convoy of sophisticated Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles. Deployed in Lebanon, they could have limited Israel's ability to gather intelligence on its enemies from the air...
More at huffingtonpost.com (Feb 4, 2013)

Israel Is OK with Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Republicans trying to raise a case against confirming Chuck Hagel have cited not so kind remarks about Israel -- or "the Jews," as he's been quoted calling them -- as a reason not to confirm, but that could be a hard sell when Israel's departing Deputy Foreign Minister thinks Hagel is an alright guy.
Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall first pointed out Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon comments at a meeting with Jewish leaders Thursday. Haaretz's Chemi Chalev reports Ayalon told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations that Hagel is a "decent and fair interlocutor who believes in the natural partnership between Israel and the United States."
While the list of people officially opposed to Hagel's nomination is not long, they are certainly a vocal bunch. Hagel's been hung over the fire for a number of things since rumors swirled that he would be nominated Secretary of Defense. Hagel's been criticized for his stance on same sex marriage, Iran, and just the fact that he's another white guy. He's the most controversial nomination that's sure to be confirmed. Some disparaging things Hagel said about Israel in the past have also bubbled to the surface. The idea is that Hagel's nomination might cause rifts with one of America's closest allies in an increasing volatile Middle East...
More on Yahoo News (January 11, 2013)

Hanukkah 2012: National Menorah Lighting Near White House Features US Navy Band

(Reuters) - The National Menorah was lit near the White House on Sunday for Hanukkah, in a celebration that features the U.S. Navy Band and is one of the most high-profile events in the country to mark the Jewish holiday.
The eight-day Hanukkah celebration, also known as the Festival of Lights, starts at sundown on Saturday.
The lighting of the National Menorah in Washington, on the Ellipse near the White House, dates back to 1979 when then-President Jimmy Carter participated in the ceremony at nearby Lafayette Park...
Whole text from the huffingtonpost.com, December 9, 2012

Merkel reaffirms support for Israel after U.N. vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country's support on Saturday, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a U.N. vote on the Palestinians' status.
Germany, which will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many of his ministers next week, abstained in Thursday's vote in the U.N. General Assembly which provided de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state.
Netanyahu's government had hoped that Berlin would join the United States and a handful of other countries in opposing the resolution. Israel disputes the Palestinian claim on the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and says territorial demarcation can only be addressed in bilateral peace talks.
Germany, haunted by memories of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust, tends to be a strong ally of Israel on the diplomatic stage...
Whole text from The Yahoo site, December 1, 2012

Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A Hungarian far-right politician urged the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a "national security risk", stirring outrage among Jewish leaders who saw echoes of fascist policies that led to the Holocaust.
Marton Gyongyosi, a leader of Hungary's third-strongest political party Jobbik, said the list was necessary because of heightened tensions following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.
Opponents have condemned frequent anti-Semitic slurs and tough rhetoric against the Roma minority by Gyongyosi's party as populist point scoring ahead of elections in 2014.
Jobbik has never called publicly for lists of Jews.
"I am a Holocaust survivor," said Gusztav Zoltai, executive director of the Hungarian Jewish Congregations' Association. "For people like me this generates raw fear, even though it is clear that this only serves political ends. This is the shame of Europe, the shame of the world."...
Whole text from The Yahoo site, November 27, 2012

Israeli: 'How would you feel if your children were constantly scared?'

Ashkelon, Israel (CNN) -- The rockets come mostly in the morning, the men say, but many of the people of the town of Ashkelon are always afraid.
"We can't go on like this," Mayor Benny Vaknin said. "We have 131,000 people here and 26,000 children. They are constantly under threat."
Rafel Moshe, who was playing backgammon at a pizza place downtown, echoed the mayor's thoughts.
"They don't want peace," said Moshe, speaking of the people in Gaza. "How would you feel if your children were constantly scared?"
Ashkelon, about 15 kilometers from Gaza, has suffered nearly two dozen rocket attacks since the back-and-forth firing of missiles and rockets between the Israeli military and militants in Gaza began Wednesday...
Whole text from The CNN site, November 16, 2012

For many Israelis, Rachel Corrie was a nuisance
Since Rachel Corrie's death, the Israeli establishment has been losing patience with activists of any kind

The state of Israel is not to blame for the death of Rachel Corrie – this is the decision an Israeli court reached yesterday. The ruling, made by Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa district court, may have come as a shock to some, but anyone following Israel's path on a slippery slope, particularly over the past decade, could hardly be surprised when the court literally blamed the victim for her own death. "An unfortunate accident," is what Gershon chose to call the tragedy. "She did not distance herself as a reasonable person would have done."
Corrie, bulldozed to death by a massive D9 Caterpillar on 16 March 2003, was part of an activist group called ISM – International Solidarity Movement. This is a group of international activists who advocate nonviolent demonstrations in the West Bank (and Gaza back then, before the disengagement in 2005) in solidarity with Palestinians opposing the occupation.
A nonviolent movement, you say? ...
Whole text from The Guardian site, August 29, 2012

A brief survey of the short story part 42: Danilo Kiš
Muddling the real and the fictional, the power of Kiš's stories lie in their ability to capture truth by doctoring history

In The Anatomy Lesson, a book-length essay published in 1978, the Yugoslavian writer Danilo Kiš divided the short story into two eras: "pre-Borges and post-Borges." Bearing this out, the last two of the three short story collections Kiš published during his lifetime, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich (1976) and The Encyclopedia of the Dead (1983), represent a remarkable contribution to those fictions, existing somewhere between imagination and the concrete reality of the document. Just as Borges's stories thrive in the narrow strip dividing fact from fantasy, so does Kiš's work find an abnormal power in attempting to capture reality by doctoring the documentary truth.
That method might seem paradoxical, but all it means is that Kiš stands among those writers whose perception of reality, as Branko Gorjup has noted, differs from "those realists whose narrative technique hinges exclusively upon the use of mimesis". In this regard he's no different to James Joyce, Bruno Schulz or Kafka, who all bear significant influence on his work. If Kiš's project is in places more problematic than theirs, it's because of the explicitly historical subjects he tackles, such as the Holocaust and Stalin's purges. "The reader likes to know", he wrote, "whether 'it all happened' just as you describe it, whether you made any changes in the actual course of events; rare is the reader … who knows that 'it all' has never happened … anywhere but in the work itself, be it autobiography or biography, novel or story. The memoir is the last genre to give the illusion of objectivity."
More from The Guardian, August, 2, 2012

Munich Olympics Massacre
Officials Ignored Warnings of Terrorist Attack

Explicit warnings that a terrorist attack might take place at the 1972 Munich Olympics were ignored by German officials, according to previously classified documents seen by SPIEGEL. The new details also reveal efforts to cover up the extent of their failure to stop the brutal murders of Israeli athletes.
It is no secret that the German authorities' handling of the massacre of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics was characterized by bumbling and cover-ups. But new documents seen by SPIEGEL reveal that officials concealed even more -- and more blatant -- errors than previously thought. Indeed, there were even several warnings prior to the Games that an attack was imminent.
Previously classified documents from investigative officials, embassy dispatches, and cabinet protocols released to SPIEGEL by the Chancellery, Foreign Office and state and federal intelligence agencies have revealed the lengths to which officials went to hide their mistakes...
Whole text on Spiegl Online site. (July 23, 2012)


US envoy to Israel: US ready to strike Iran
By AMY TEIBEL | Associated Press – May 18, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran.
Dan Shapiro's message resonated Thursday far beyond the closed forum in which it was made: Iran should not test Washington's resolve to act on its promise to strike if diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to abandon its disputed nuclear program.
Shapiro told the Israel Bar Association the U.S. hopes it will not have to resort to military force.
"But that doesn't mean that option is not fully available. Not just available, but it's ready," he said. "The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it's ready."
Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, like energy production. The U.S. and Israel suspect Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, but differences have emerged in how to persuade Tehran to curb its program...
Whole text on Yahoo site.

US giving Israel $70 million more for Iron Dome
By PAULINE JELINEK | Associated Press – May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. plans to give Israel the extra $70 million that Jerusalem asked for this year for short-range missile defense, officials said Thursday.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said President Barack Obama had directed him to fill Israel's request for the extra money for the Iron Dome system, designed to intercept short-range rockets and mortars.
The U.S. already has provided $205 million for the system and annually gives Israel roughly another $3.1 billion in overall security assistance, the most for any foreign country.
Panetta met Thursday morning with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, then issued a statement saying he had told Barak of the U.S. intention to provide the additional help for Iron Dome.
"My goal is to ensure Israel has the funding it needs each year to produce these batteries that can protect its citizens," the statement said. "That is why going forward over the next three years, we intend to request additional funding for Iron Dome, based on an annual assessment of Israeli security requirements against an evolving threat..."
Whole text on Yahoo site.

EJP condemns Nobel Prize Winner, Günter Grass
April 5, 2012

The European Jewish Parliament (EJP) utterly condemns Nobel Prize Winner, Günter Grass, for his poem 'What Must Be Said', published yesterday in the German Daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Günter Grass resorts to stereotypes of global conspiracy accusing Israel of being a threat to world peace.
This poem, by someone who admitted to serving in Hitler's Waffen SS during World War II, should be labelled as nothing more than 'White Collar Anti-Semitism' and deserves condemnation by the entire civil society.

For further details please contact MEJP Joel Rubinfeld: rubinfeld@ejp.eu

Obama to Netanyahu: Give Iran diplomacy more time
By Laura Rozen | The Envoy

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held one of their more studiously cordial meetings at the White House Monday. But the concerted effort to project a united front--after a few previous prickly encounters--did little to mask the fact that there are genuine differences and tensions in the allies' views on how to deal with the Iran nuclear program and in what time-frame, analysts said.
"Both the prime minister and I prefer to solve this diplomatically," Obama said at the top of his three-hour meeting with the Israeli leader, echoing the thrust of his comments to the pro-Israel lobby group the American Israel Public Affairs committee (AIPAC) Sunday. The administration has continued to push diplomacy as the key to getting Iran to agree to curb its nuclear program.
"Ultimately Iran has to make the decision to move in that direction," Obama said, adding that if that fails, however, "When I say all options are on the table, I mean it."
"Israel and America stand together," Netanyahu said Monday. But Israel reserves the right to defend itself, he asserted: Israel is "the master of its fate," he said...
Whole text and video on Yahoo site. March 6, 2012

Obama: US has 'very good' intelligence on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said the U.S. has a "very good estimate" of when Iran could complete work on a nuclear weapon, but cautioned Monday that there are still many unanswered questions about Tehran's inner workings.
"Do we know all of the dynamics inside of Iran? Absolutely not," Obama said. "Iran itself is a lot more divided now than it was. Knowing who is making decisions at any given time inside of Iran is tough."
Obama said that while he believes the standoff with Iran over its nuclear program can still be resolved through diplomacy, the U.S. has done extensive planning on a range of options.
"We are prepared to exercise these options should they arise," Obama said during an interview with NBC that aired on the "Today" show.
On Syria, where human rights groups say government forces have killed hundreds of people over the last few days in an effort to contain an uprising against President Bashar Assad, Obama said it is important to resolve the conflict there without outside military intervention...
Whole text and video on Yahoo site. February 6, 2012.

Panetta says Israel could strike Iran in spring

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a "strong possibility" that Israel will strike Iran's nuclear installations this spring, the Washington Post said Thursday in an editorial.
When asked about the opinion piece by reporters travelling with him to a NATO meeting in Brussels, Panetta brushed it aside.
"I'm not going to comment on that. David Ignatius can write what he will but with regards with what I think and what I view, I consider that to be an area that belongs to me and nobody else," he said.
"Israel indicated they're considering this (a strike), we've indicated our concerns," he added.
The Post columnist said Panetta "believes there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June before Iran enters what Israelis described as a 'zone of immunity' to commence building a nuclear bomb."
President Barack Obama and Panetta are "said to have cautioned the Israelis that the United States opposes an attack, believing that it would derail an increasingly successful international economic sanctions program and other non-military efforts to stop Iran from crossing the threshold," he said...
More from Yahoo News. February 3, 2012.

Table Talk
by Steve Coll, February 6, 2012

In the State of the Union address of 1954, which Dwight Eisenhower delivered less than a year after he had secretly ordered the C.I.A. to overthrow Tehran’s left-leaning government, he celebrated “the forces of stability and freedom” at work in Iran. In 1980, Jimmy Carter delivered his annual address amid the whirlwind of Iran’s Islamic and anti-American revolution, which was inflamed in part by Iranians’ memories of Eisenhower’s coup. “We will face these challenges,” Carter declared. “And we will not fail.” Three decades on, Iran’s theocrats have built a police state, spread violence across the Middle East, and acquired nuclear reactors. Iran remains a perennially grim subject of Presidential oratory, and last week Barack Obama, while delivering his third State of the Union, added another entry: “Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal.”
Leaving options on the table is a not-so-oblique way of threatening war. On the same day, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told the Knesset, “Only a combination of crippling sanctions and putting all the options on the table can make Iran stop” its nuclear drive. Meanwhile, three of the remaining candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination—Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich—have been speaking approvingly about bombing Iran’s atomic sites or assassinating its scientists...
More from the New Yorker Site

Jewish leaders set to meet with pope
American Jewish leaders are scheduled to meet with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday for their first face-to-face talks since a furor erupted over a bishop who denies the Holocaust.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, who hosted the pope when he visited a synagogue in New York in April, said Wednesday that he plans to thank the pope for a commitment to strong Catholic-Jewish ties that Benedict expressed to dampen the controversy over he bishop...
Whole page from EJC web site (Thursday, February 12, 2009)
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