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The last reunion?

The last reunion?

PRAGUE — When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the former Nazi death camp near Cracow may be the last gathering of its sort.

The generation of Holocaust survivors, after all, is dying out.

Yet critics are charging that politics and tensions between Russia and its neighbors are nonetheless eclipsing the focus on the survivors and even muddying the historical record.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:25 )

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Israel

Two IDF soldiers killed in Hezbollah attack

Two IDF soldiers killed in Hezbollah attackTEL AVIV — Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded this week when Hezbollah anti-tank missiles struck an Israeli patrol on the Israel-Lebanon border. It is believed that at least five Kornet anti-tank missiles were fired onto the unarmored Israel Defense Forces D-Max vehicle near Mt. Dov. The attack on Wednesday, Jan. 28, by the Lebanese terrorist group included shelling of Israeli army positions in Israel’s North, according to Israeli reports, which named posts on Mt. Herm...
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National

Vaccinations down, measles up

Vaccinations down, measles up  LOS ANGELES — A recent measles outbreak originating at Disneyland that has infected more than 50 people has returned the issue of declining immunization rates to the national headlines. California health officials report that the outbreak began at the Anaheim theme park in mid-December and quickly spread throughout the country, helped along in part by the growing influence of the anti-immunization movement, which sees vaccines as unhealthy and linked to disorders such as autism. Multiple...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:49 )

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International

Murder in Argentina?

Murder in Argentina?BUENOS AIRES — The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller. Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people — was found dead in his apartment just hours before he was to present evidence to Argentina’s congress that he said implicated his country’s president and foreign minister in a nefarious cover-up. The charge...
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Israel

Wilf: Israeli elections are 'truly open'

Wilf: Israeli elections are 'truly open'IN LESS than two months, Israel will once again hold national elections, potentially changing the political landscape of the Jewish state in significant ways. There might be surprises, since even those who know whereof they speak are finding it hard to prognosticate. One of those experts, former Member of Knesset Dr. Einat Wilf, smiled somewhat ironically when the Intermountain Jewish News asked her to prophesize.
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Lawsuit against Sheldon Adelson to be heard in U.S.

Marcy Oster Adelson had sought to have the wrongful termination suit brought by Steven Jacobs heard in Chinese-administered Macau, where his company operates several casinos. ... [Link]

Olmert sentenced to prison in Talansky case

Marcy Oster Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for accepting cash-filled envelopes from an American-Jewish businessman and using the money for personal gain. ... [Link]

Obama learns his lesson about Jewish toddlers

Ron Kampeas Or maybe Shabbat’s a lot more fun than the seder when you’re 4. ... [Link]

Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

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