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The 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees

The 850,000 forgotten Jewish refugees

 

TO UNDERSTAND how the Holocaust has been seared onto Israel’s collective consciousness, one should visit the country on Nisan 27, a date in the Hebrew calendar that falls in either April or May. On that day, Holocaust Memorial Day, the unsuspecting visitor is dumbstruck by the sight of an entire country coming to a halt.

At 10 a.m. on the dot, a siren sounds across the country. Schools, hospitals, trading floors, garages, news rooms, tech start-ups — all these and more freeze exactly where they are as Israeli citizens observe a minute of silent contemplation.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:57 )

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Mendelevitch returns to Russia

Mendelevitch returns to RussiaST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA — Through the back seat window of a black KGB car, Yosef Mendelevitch could see university students his age hurrying to take their finals. It was June 15, 1970, and the 23-year-old Mendelevitch had just been arrested along with 11 accomplices for trying to hijack a plane to escape the Soviet Union. On the tarmac of an airport outside St. Petersburg — then Leningrad — officers from the Soviets’ secret police detained the conspirators before they could board the si...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:55 )

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‘Mind Before Mouth’ fights bullying

‘Mind Before Mouth’ fights bullying Teen Hero WASHINGTON — As a sophomore in high school, Joshua Toch parlayed his disability into a platform to speak to others about the effects of bullying on young teens. Shortly after finishing third at a public speaking competition, Toch, now 18 and born with cerebral palsy, started Mind Before Mouth, an organization that arranges speaking engagements for teens on issues ranging from bullying and peer pressure to dating and mental illness. Hearing their peers speak candidly about issues...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:41 )

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Courage to fight an uphill battle

Courage to fight an uphill battle Say not the struggle naught availeth; The labor and the wounds are vain; The enemy faints not, nor faileth; And as things have been they remain. — Arthur Hugh Clough IS THERE nobility in continuing to fight an uphill battle? After 12 years of legal battles, from the lower to the upper courts, to facing an expected losing verdict at the Supreme Court, is it still worth putting up the fight? Philippe Karsenty would argue, unequivocally, yes. He should know. He’s been battling defamat...

Last Updated ( Friday, 05 December 2014 08:11 )

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At Thanksgiving, looking out for the needy

At Thanksgiving, looking out for the needyAS WE prepare for our Thanksgiving feasts, a 90-year-old Jewish man named Arnold Abbott is stirring the pot in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., about hunger and homelessness in America. Or is it that Abbott, who in defiance of a controversial new city ordinance has been cited several times for feeding the homeless outdoors, is just asking us to pay more than lip service to our Jewish ideals? The ordinance limits where outdoor feeding sites can be located and requires permits. Groups must provide portabl...
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Obama to U.S. Jews: ‘We’re not giving away anything’ to Iran

Andrew Tobin The president said the nuclear agreement blocks Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and does nothing to limit the U.S.’s options against the Islamic Republic. ... [Link]

‘Homeland’ creator to direct film on Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jews

Gabe Friedman Israeli Gideon Raff’s latest project will portray the airlift rescues of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the ’80s. ... [Link]

Yazidi leaders demand ‘Jewish Schindler’ prove he is saving people

Gabe Friedman In a letter published Wednesday, 20 advocates for the Yazidis questioned Steve Maman’s methods and demanded he inform Yazidi leaders about the specific people his group has rescued. ... [Link]

Plunder-filled Nazi train worth millions has likely been found

Julie Wiener The World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their rightful owners or the owners’ heirs. ... [Link]

Kansas City shooter: ‘I had a patriotic intent to stop genocide’

Julie Wiener The white supremacist charged with killing three people outside two Jewish facilities in Kansas City admitted doing so, but urged the jury to judge him “not guilty.” ... [Link]

Iran nixes Israeli conductor’s Tehran performance

Julie Wiener A spokesman for Iran’s culture ministry was quoted as saying that “Iran does not recognize the Zionist regime and will not co-operate with artists of this regime.” ... [Link]

U.N. watchdog: Iran expanding Parchin facility

Cnaan Liphshiz Tehran dismissed the findings, which come as it prepares to close a deal with world powers. ... [Link]

Switzerland regrets using cartoon of birds defecating on Netanyahu

Julie Wiener The cartoon, in which doves with Iranian and American flags on their chests relieve themselves atop Netanyahu’s head, appears to reference the Iran nuclear deal, which Israel opposes. ... [Link]

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