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Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI comments

Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI comments

The US ambassador to Poland apologized for the FBI director’s comments about Poles being accomplices in the Holocaust.

Stephen Mull said Monday, April 20, that FBI director James Comey was not speaking for the US government when he accused Poles and Hungarians of complicity in Nazi atrocities during a speech April 14 at a benefit for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Fox News reported.

Comey’s speech was published April 16 in the Washington Post with the headline “Why I require FBI agents to visit the Holocaust Museum.”

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ZAKA aids Germanwings rescue

ZAKA aids Germanwings rescueA delegation of eight ZAKA international rescue unit volunteers flew in the early hours of Monday morning to assist in the search and recovery mission at the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. ZAKA volunteers will offer their extensive experience and expertise in international search and recovery missions to the local search teams. The team was led by ZAKA international rescue unit head, Mati Goldstein, and ZAKA international rescue unit chief of operations, Chaim Weingart...
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If there's a deal, it's still not a deal

NEW YORK — As of April 2, it is being reported that the six powers have reached an agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland, where talks on Iran’s nuclear program have been taking place. Even if an agreement is reached, however, it’s just a way station toward a comprehensive deal that is due by June 30. If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it? If the six world powers — the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany — negotiating with Iran manage to reach a final deal, Iran’s Ay...
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Global anti-Semitism reaches seven-year high

NEW YORK — Global anti-Semitic incidents reached a seven-year high, a new study found, while social hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 following a six-year peak. The Pew Research Center’s annual study of global restrictions on religion, released Feb. 26, reported that approximately one-quarter of the world’s countries are “grappling with high levels of religious hostilities within their borders.” Christians and Muslims, together making up more than half of the w...
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Assassination in Russia

Assassination in RussiaMOSCOW — During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the Press Freedom Index and where several of Putin’s critics have either died under mysterious circumstances or been jailed for what they and many Western observers say are trumped-up corruption charges....
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Chief Iran talks negotiator: Defending Israel ‘tougher’ without 2 states

Ron Kampeas A new Israeli government that does not back a two-state solution will make the U.S. job of defending Israel “a lot tougher,” according to Wendy Sherman, a top State Department official. ... [Link]

George W. Bush: Sanctions rollbacks with Iran would be a mistake

Ron Kampeas “It’s ridiculous to think once you end sanctions they’re gone,” Bush said at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual spring forum. ... [Link]

Four Israelis saved from Mount Everest

Julie Wiener Approximately 100 Israelis are still missing, and more than 3,800 people are believed to have died in the Nepal earthquake. ... [Link]

Israeli-American chef brings hummus and shakshuka to the city of gumbo and crawfish

Julie Wiener Alon Shaya chats with JTA about his Israeli grandma, the secret to great hummus and why his American high school teacher is accompanying him on a trip to Israel. ... [Link]

Stanford fraternity house vandalized with swastikas

Marcy Oster Jewish student groups are planning to present a pledge against anti-Semitism in response to the swastika attack. ... [Link]

Jewish man attacked in Paris suburb after leaving synagogue

Cnaan Liphshiz The victim said a man with an Arab appearance estimated to be 25 followed him into an alley, yelled “dirty Jew” and hit him in the face, then others joined in the assault. ... [Link]

Moscow has world’s second-largest Limmud

Cnaan Liphshiz A third of Limmud FSU Moscow’s nearly 1,500 participants this year’s were first-timers. ... [Link]

Reports: Syrian rebels committed border attack blamed on Israel

Marcy Oster The attack on the Syria-Lebanon border mimicked one two days earlier blamed on Israel. ... [Link]

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