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  • Georgian Refugees Seek Return to Normalcy

    For Jews near the border with South Ossetia, only the smallest gap exists between normalcy and hardship. The unemployment rate in the area has always been high, hovering at about 60 percent, and there is a disproportionate amount of at-risk Jews, elderly and young. As Russian tanks and soldiers poured through the capital of Ossetia… More ▸

  • Britain Warns: Don’t Buy Property in Settlements

    The British government will warn its citizens against buying property in settlements in the West Bank. A spokeswoman at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed reports that the warning will be published on its Web site early this week, explaining that future peace agreements “could have consequences for that property.” She added that “this is… More ▸

  • Polish President Makes Historic Synagogue Visit

    A president of Poland visited a synagogue for the first time since World War II, Polish Radio reported. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife visited the Nozyk synagogue in Warsaw on Sunday. The president, the first sitting Polish president to visit a synagogue in more than 60 years, lit the first candle for Chanukah in… More ▸

  • European Jewish Council to Open Israel Office

    An organization representing 40 European Jewish communities will open an office in Israel. The European Council of Jewish Communities in making the announcement Wednesday night said the office would enable the organization to increase its activities in the country. Council President Jonathan Joseph said the office recognizes the growing strength and influence of the European… More ▸

  • Right-wing Hungarian Group Ordered to Shut Down

    A Hungarian court ordered a national organization to close because it intimidated minorities. The Metropolitan Court of Budapest on Tuesday dissolved the right-wing Hungarian Guard Association, saying “The Guard’s goal is to threaten people. Its activities in villages populated by the Gypsy minority, its members’ marching as well as the speeches of its leaders hurt… More ▸

  • ‘painful Compromises’ Needed, Olmert Tells London Jews

    Ehud Olmert told leaders of the London Jewish community that Israel must make “painful compromises” or risk one state for two people. Speaking here Tuesday night, the Israeli prime minister admitted that he was one of the “dreamers” of greater Israel. But now, he said, “the real choice we have is peace that will require… More ▸

  • Ejc Challenges Europe on Anti-racism Confab

    The re-elected head of the European Jewish Congress called an upcoming anti-racism conference a “challenge for world Jewry.” Moshe Kantor called on European governments to prevent the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, dubbed Durban II, from “descending into an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate-fest,” as the conference in South Africa did in 2001. The Durban Review… More ▸

  • Netherlands May Boycott Durban Ii

    The Netherlands may boycott a United Nations anti-racism conference unless anti-Israel statements are removed from draft documents. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen made the threat Tuesday during an interview on Dutch radio, The Associated Press reported. “It seems like the sole intention is to criticize Israel and condemn the West for slavery and its colonial… More ▸

  • Italian Ceremony Marks Racial Laws

    Italians and the Catholic Church, not only fascism, bear responsibility for Jewish persecution during World War II, Italy’s leading right-wing politician said. Gianfranco Fini, the president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, made his remarks Tuesday at a ceremony in Parliament marking the 70th anniversary of the imposition of anti-Semitic Racial Laws, imposed by the… More ▸

  • Spanish Cops Tape Irving’s Speech

    Spanish police recorded David Irving’s speech at a neo-Nazi bookstore in Barcelona with an eye toward charging him. Irving, the revisionist historian known for statements denying the Holocaust, in Barcelona and Madrid over the weekend defended in public speeches his theories on the Nazi genocide. Spanish police recorded Saturday’s gathering in Barcelona under the orders… More ▸