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  • In Close Vote on Armenian Genocide, Jewish Members Deliver Anguished “yeas”

    “This is a vote of conscience,” U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos pronounced, “and the committee will work its will.” Lantos, a California Democrat and the sole Holocaust survivor in Congress, was talking Wednesday at a meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which he chairs. The measure in question was a resolution recognizing the massacres carried… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Wrong to Join Push for ‘armenian Genocide’ Resolution

    In a battle recently described as “pitting principle against pragmatism,” some in the American Jewish community have chosen a third way to handle the longstanding and bitter dispute between Turks and Armenians — “the path of least resistance.” I first understood the meaning of the term when working on Capitol Hill in the early 1990s…. More ▸

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    The Simon Wiesenthal Center has accused the Frankfurt Book Fair of promoting Holocaust denial. At issue is a photo mosaic in the book fair catalog that uses photos of Nazi concentration camps to create a mosaic image of an Arab man at the separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank. Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal… More ▸

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    David Irving’s attempt at a comeback has been met with disgust and disbelief in Britain. The convicted Holocaust denier’s recent announcement that he will rejoin the lecture circuit has provoked loud reactions from Jewish, anti-fascist and educational groups in Britain. His first address, in Coventry on Sept. 28, was interrupted by protesters. Lord Foulkes of… More ▸

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    A rabbi blasted church groups for saying he was pressured into not joining a meeting with Iran’s president. “I did not decline out of lack of support from any Jewish organization or from unwillingness to dialogue,” Rabbi Arthur Waskow, who heads the Shalom Center in Philadelphia, said in a message to his followers after the… More ▸

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    Convicted Holocaust denier and British author David Irving is attempting to revive his career as a historian. Irving told the Guardian newspaper he would be launching a series of speaking tours in British cities and universities as well as offer new books to potential readers. In 2005, Irving was sentenced to three years in an… More ▸

  • Presidential Hopefuls Slam Columbia Decision to Host Iran’s Ahmadinejad

    Amid protests in New York and Washington, front-runners in the 2008 presidential campaign lined up to blast Columbia University for its decision to host Monday’s lecture by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Sunday that she would not have invited the Iranian leader to speak if… More ▸

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    Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel will not avoid prison. The German Federal High Court confirmed Monday that it has upheld the 68-year-old Zundel’s five-year prison sentence. On Sept. 12, the court rejected a 600-page proposed revision in the sentence, according to German news reports. After a yearlong trial Zundel, one of the world’s most active Holocaust… More ▸

  • Reform Leader Reaches out to Muslims As Some Jews Deride Effort As Naive

    The delegates trickling into the massive convention center chatted, renewed acquaintances, greeted each other with traditional Muslim blessings and largely ignored the endless words of welcome from the podium. Until the rabbi spoke. Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s fiery indictment of Islamophobia at last week’s annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America in this Chicago… More ▸

  • British Zionist Group Cancels Ha’aretz Columnist After ‘apartheid’ Comment

    The British Zionist Federation canceled a London appearance by Ha’aretz columnist Danny Rubinstein the day after he called Israel an “apartheid state” at a United Nations conference on Palestinians. Rubinstein, the Israeli newspaper’s Arab affairs editor and a member of its editorial board, told an audience of some 350 that “today Israel is an apartheid… More ▸