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Swedish politician calls for Jews to abandon their identity

Swedish politician calls for Jews to abandon their identity

STOCKHOLM — The party secretary of the far-right Sweden Democrats party said Jews cannot be “true Swedes” if they continue to identify as Jews.

Bjorn Soder said in an interview last week with the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter that minority groups such as Jews, Kurds and Sami, or Laplanders, must “assimilate in order to become Swedish.

“We are for an inclusive society where everybody who wants to can fit in. We have an open Swedishness which also includes people with foreign roots,” Soder said. “But you have to adapt to the Swedish and assimilate in order to become Swedish.

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Cuba: 50 painful years vs. a better future

Cuba: 50 painful years vs. a better futureNEW YORK — For many Cuban Jews — the majority of whom now live in the US — it has been a bittersweet week. Like countless Jews around the world, they cheered the release last week of Alan Gross, the American Jewish telecommunications contractor who had been held in a Cuban prison for the last five years. But then there’s the matter of reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana. For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, the ...
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Hardships for Lugansk Jews

Hardships for Lugansk JewsLUGANSK, UKRAINE — In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits. Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their thick coats, they say, a technique developed as the group gathered at least once a week to maintain a sense of community in a city torn by conflict between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army. “We usually stay for about two hours,” says Igor Leonidovich, the synagogue’s gab...
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Auschwitz survivors to mark the anniversary of their liberation

Auschwitz survivors to mark the anniversary of their liberationMore than 100 Auschwitz survivors from at least 17 countries will travel to Poland to participate in the observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, 2015. The official event is organized by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the International Auschwitz Council. The World Jewish Congress and the USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History and Education will be among the organizations supporting this event....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:21 )

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Chanukah on a note of hope

Chanukah on a note of hopeSMALL POCKETS of people arrived at the corner of Alameda and Dahlia several minutes before JEWISHcolorado’s annual Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Rush hour traffic streamed up and down the noisy thoroughfare. Four-year-olds from the JCC ECE Center and their teachers  flanked the menorah and sang traditional melodies. The mood was ebullient. No one complained about the chill in the air. Jews joined with non-Jews. Studious rabbis mingled with the curious....

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2014 10:11 )

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