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Unity Day to mark the anniversary of abduction of three teens

JERUSALEM — Jewish communities will mark the first anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens by Palestinian terrorists with a Unity Day.

The commemoration, set for June 3, was developed by the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah in conjunction with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the Gesher organization.

Organizations representing over one million people in Israel and around the world have agreed to participate, according to project organizers.

“The kidnappings of our boys marks one of the more difficult moments in Israel’s modern history,” the parents said in a joint statement.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 May 2015 14:28 )

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International

Survivors’ children gather at Bergen-Belsen

Survivors’ children gather at Bergen-BelsenHANOVER, Germany — Seventy years after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp by British troops, some 100 people personally touched by the history returned to the site to share their memories and warn against forgetting. Among them were children born at a displaced persons camp for survivors less than two miles from the camp. Survivors who recovered started new families. In fact, an estimated 2,000 children were born at the DP camp — the largest in postwar Germany — befor...
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National

Jewish activist in Baltimore urban affairs speaks to IJN

Jewish activist in Baltimore urban affairs speaks to IJNMITCH POSNER, executive director of CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc., part of Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, regularly monitors the pulse of his beloved city — and right now it’s throbbing. Returning from a press conference convened by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Posner told the IJN late Tuesday that tensions are settling down after 24 hours of rioting, police injuries, looting and burning cars. “The vast majority of people are working hard to suppor...

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 May 2015 06:53 )

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Local

Mizel delegation to Dachau

The Mizel Museum is hosting a delegation to Dachau, Germany, April 29-May 4, for the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp’s liberation. The Colorado National Guard’s 157th Infantry Regiment, along with others, was responsible for the liberation of the camp in 1945. Participants, besides members of the Colorado and Oklahoma National Guards, include Melanie Pearlman, president-CEO of the Mizel Institute; Georgina Kolber, managing director of Mizel Museum; Rabbi Eliot Baskin, JFS rabb...
International

Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI comments

Ambassador to Poland apologizes for FBI commentsThe 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 agent...
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How the FIFA corruption scandal could affect Israel

Ben Sales The FIFA corruption scandal may leave the international soccer organization unwilling to face the added controversy of suspending Israel. ... [Link]

Blair to resign as Mideast peace envoy in June

Uriel Heilman The former British PM has occupied the post since 2007, but there has been little progress in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking ... [Link]

Record-breaking heat wave hits Israel

Uriel Heilman A record-breaking heat wave in Israel has sparked forest fires, caused flight delays and prompted a sharp increase in reported cases of dehydration and fainting. ... [Link]

Kerry to address AJC weeks before Iran deadline

Ron Kampeas Secretary of State John Kerry will address the American Jewish Committee’s annual Washington conference just weeks before a deadline on an Iran nuclear deal. ... [Link]

German man loses appeal on ‘anti-Zionist’ chants

Marcy Oster Taylan Can unsuccessfully argued that his chants at an anti-Israel demonstration last summer were purely political. ... [Link]

Iranian negotiator: Nuclear talks may be extended beyond deadline

Marcy Oster Iranian senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi told Iran’s state TV that heis not in a hurry to complete the negotiations. ... [Link]

Hungarian man arrested for shouting anti-Semitic curses at Israeli diplomat

Marcy Oster The man, a resident of Budapest, began shouting anti-Semitic invective in Hungarian after hearing Israel’s Consul to Hungary Motti Rave quietly speaking Hebrew with a companion. ... [Link]

Rolf Bloch, who negotiated with Switzerland for survivor compensation, dies

Cnaan Liphshiz Bloch represented the interests of the Swiss people and Jewish communities in negotiations with the government over compensation for Jewish assets that Swiss financial entities had seized after the ow... [Link]

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