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    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning Arab censorship and officially sanctioned anti-Semitism. The non-binding resolution passed by unanimous acclamation Wednesday “strongly condemns the endemic restrictions on freedom of the press and expression in the Arab world and the concurrent and widespread presence of anti-Semitic material, Holocaust denial, and incitement to violence in… More ▸

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    Poland should enact a compensation law to pay Jews for property stolen during the Holocaust, Ronald Lauder said. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, made the statement Tuesday in an op-ed published in the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita. In a meeting Wednesday with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Lauder was expected to discuss… More ▸

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    Russia has asked Israel to return a Russian Orthodox site in the center of Jerusalem to its control. The two countries have been working on an agreement to return St. Sergius church, an important site for the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, to Russian control in the coming months, Israel’s ambassador to Russia said Tuesday. In… More ▸

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    Germany’s Interior Ministry has banned two organizations as “reservoirs of organized Holocaust denial.” In early morning searches Wednesday of nearly 30 premises across three German states, police confiscated material related to the groups. For now, Collegium Humanum, its member organization Bauernhilfe e.V. and the Association for the Rehabilitation of Those Persecuted for Denying the Holocaust… More ▸

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    Leading Jewish rabbis and lay leaders called on Jewish tourists not to attend the Olympic Games. More than 175 Jewish leaders, including the heads of the Reform and Conservative movements, signed the appeal released Wednesday. It was initiated by two New York-area Orthodox rabbis, Irving “Yitz” Greenberg and Haskell Lookstein, after they learned that Beijing… More ▸

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    Official anti-Semitism is on the rise in Muslim countries of the Middle East, fueling long-term hostility to Israel, a study found. Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center published a study this week arguing that in Iran and Arab states — even those that have recognized the Jewish state — officially sanctioned statements of anti-Semitism with… More ▸

  • U.S. Breaks Ground in Labeling Some Criticism of Israel

    The Bush administration has taken the groundbreaking step of identifying some virulent criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, as it warns that anti-Jewish attitudes and incidents are on the rise worldwide. In a new study, the U.S. State Department cites Tel Aviv University’s Stephen Roth Institute in reporting an increase of serious anti-Semitic incidents, encompassing physical… More ▸

  • Swiss Foreign Policy Blunders on Iran and Israel Positions

    Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey’s visit to Tehran was billed as an opportunity to deliver a stern message about the need for Iran to end its human rights violations and its threats to destroy Israel. This was according to the government’s official announcement of her March 17 diplomatic visit. As a secondary matter, the announcement… More ▸

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    A Swiss writer who praised a Holocaust denier won an advisory position to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Jean Ziegler won 40 of 47 votes Wednesday to become one of 18 “expert” counselors. His election to the Geneva-based council, dominated by anti-Western authoritarian states, was virtually guaranteed and U.N. Watch, a United Nations monitor, had… More ▸

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    Isaac Rousso, president of the only B’nai B’rith lodge in communist Cuba, has died. Rousso, 70, led Maimonides Lodge #1516 in Havana for nearly eight years, turning it into one of Cuba’s strongest international organizations, said Stanley Cohen, chairman of the B’nai B’rith Cuban Jewish Relief Project. “It was a huge loss to everyone who… More ▸