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Fractious Budapest community faces another chasm

Fractious Budapest community faces another chasm

BUDAPEST — An anti-corruption whistleblower elected to head the Budapest Jewish community has sparked a crisis among the highest officials of Hungarian Jewry at a time of heightened tensions with the government.

The conflict, one of the fractious community’s most vociferous and colorful fights in years, erupted shortly after the election last month of David Schwezoff as CEO of the Budapest community.

Within days, Schwezoff announced that he had filed a police complaint alleging that hundreds of thousands of dollars had been embezzled from the Hungarian capital’s historic Dohany Street Synagogue, a claim denied by other Jewish leaders.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:29 )

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Spain: No Palestine outside of peace talks

Spain: No Palestine outside of peace talksMADRID — Spain will recognize a Palestinian state only if it is born out of peace talks with Israel, the country’s ruling party said. The statement this week by Alfonso Alonso, the spokesman of the Popular Party’s faction in the Congress of Deputies, was issued hours ahead of a vote on a nonbinding draft motion favoring immediate recognition that was filed last month by the Socialist Workers’ Party. The same day, two Palestinian terrorists killed four people during morning services at ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:50 )

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Congress deeply skeptical on Iran

Congress deeply skeptical on IranWASHINGTON — With the Nov. 24 deadline for an Iran deal looming, there’s no guarantee that the Obama administration will achieve its long-sought goal of an agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. But there’s at least one outcome that is a virtual certainty: Obama will face a deeply skeptical and assertive Congress. The Republican sweep of midterm elections earlier this month means that any deal will face even more intense scrutiny — and probably resistance — in Congr...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:51 )

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Canadian Jewish institutions ramp up security

Canadian Jewish institutions ramp up securityMONTREAL — Canadian Jewish institutions are stepping up security after the murder of two Canadian soldiers by homegrown pro-jihadist terrorists. While it is not clear whether the two attacks, which included a shooting on Oct. 22 at the Parliament in the nation’s capital, were related, they have shaken a country that has experienced few acts of terrorism and has often felt immune from attack. While no direct threats were reported against Jewish institutions, they reportedly are heightening ...
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‘Ordinary’ man saved 669 Jews

‘Ordinary’ man saved 669 JewsPRAGUE — A 105-year-old man known as the “British Oskar Schindler” — having saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis — received the Czech Republic’s highest honor Tuesday, Oct. 28. Sir Nicholas Winton was flown on a Czech military plane to Prague, where Czech President Milo Zeman awarded him the Order of the White Lion. Seven of the 669 children he rescued were present at Tuesday’s ceremony, which coincided with the Czechoslovak Independence Day. “I want to thank you a...
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