EJC Bi-Weekly Newsletter from 10.10.16 to 11.10.16

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UPDATES FROM OUR COMMUNITIES
UKRAINE
Rabbi airlifted to Israel after grievous assault in Ukraine Rabbi airlifted to Israel after grievous assault in Ukraine
A Chabad rabbi in Ukraine was airlifted to Israel for treatment on Saturday, after he was severely beaten in the western city of Zhitomir on Friday, a spokesperson for the Hasidic group said, adding it was too early to tell whether the assault was a hate crime.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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FRANCE
Large dip in French Jewish emigration to Israel Large dip in French Jewish emigration to Israel
The number of Jews making aliyah from France in the first eight months of 2016 has shown a 42 percent decline from the same period in 2015.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Front National representative criticises memorial to Jewish child victims of Nazis Front National representative criticises memorial to Jewish child victims of Nazis
The leader of the far-right Front National in the Lyon region in south-eastern France has criticised funding for a memorial to Jewish children murdered by the Nazis.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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UNITED KINGDOM
Report details widespread abuse of London ultra-Orthodox Jewish community Report details widespread abuse of London ultra-Orthodox Jewish community
Children as young as eight are among the victims subjected to daily physical and verbal abuse within London’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish (Charedi) communities, according to a month-long study.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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UK Jewish groups welcome suspension of government funding to Palestinian Authority UK Jewish groups welcome suspension of government funding to Palestinian Authority
The British government’s decision to suspend funding to the Palestinian Authority amidst growing international concerns over its payments to terrorists and their families marks a “huge victory not only for the pro-Israel community, but also for everyone who wants to see peace in the region,” the head of the UK’s umbrella Zionist organisation said in a statement on Friday.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Man wielding axe threatened Jews in Manchester during Rosh Hashanah Man wielding axe threatened Jews in Manchester during Rosh Hashanah
A man wielding an axe threatened a group of Jewish people in an alleged antisemitic hate crime in the northern English city of Manchester.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Britain marks 80th anniversary of  Britain marks 80th anniversary of “Battle of Cable Street”
Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has praised the courage of the London East Enders who took on Oswald Mosley’s fascists at the Battle of Cable Street.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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TURKEY
Landmark bill in Turkey seeks to improve rights for minority communities Landmark bill in Turkey seeks to improve rights for minority communities
At a meeting of representatives of non-Muslim communities with Turkey’s deputy prime minister last week may become the final step in one of the most prolonged issues for Armenian, Jewish and Greek communities in the country.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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SWEDEN
Swedish lawmaker criticised for decrying Jewish family's Swedish lawmaker criticised for decrying Jewish family’s “control” of the media
Swedish watchdog on antisemitism accused a far-right lawmaker of spreading racist stereotypes of Jews in speaking against “control of media by any family or ethnic group.”
Monday, October 10, 2016
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ROMANIA
Romania to open first state-run Jewish museum Romania to open first state-run Jewish museum
Romania, which denied its role in the Holocaust for years, is to open the first state-run museum dedicated to the country’s Jewish community, once one of the largest in Europe before World War II.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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GERMANY
Owner of Munich's Israeli restaurant closes eatery following BDS pressure Owner of Munich’s Israeli restaurant closes eatery following BDS pressure
The Jewish owner of Munich’s Schmock Israeli restaurant announced on its website its closure after 16 years.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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NEWS
NEWS AND VIEWS
EU condemns terror attack in Jerusalem EU condemns terror attack in Jerusalem
The European Union has condemned the terror attack in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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EU slams Israeli settlement expansion EU slams Israeli settlement expansion
The European sharply criticised a decision by Israel to approve plans to construct 98 new housing units in what is effectively a new settlement in the northern West Bank, near the existing settlement of Shiloh.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Jacob Neusner, who shaped American Jewish studies, dies Jacob Neusner, who shaped American Jewish studies, dies
Jacob Neusner, who transformed the study of American Judaism, becoming one of the most influential 20th-century scholars of the religion, has died. He was 84.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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EJC IN THE MEDIA
Jewish groups criticize approval in the European Parliament of Iran report for failing to mention Tehran's anti-Semitic propaganda, support for Holocaust denial and repeated calls for the destruction of Israel Jewish groups criticize approval in the European Parliament of Iran report for failing to mention Tehran’s anti-Semitic propaganda, support for Holocaust denial and repeated calls for the destruction of Israel
Jewish groups have criticized the failure of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee this week to mention in its Iran report Tehran’s anti-Semitic propaganda, support for Holocaust denial and repeated calls for the destruction of Israel.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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EJC ISRAELI PRESS REVIEW
Israel Press Review of 11/10/2016 – Report: Missing airman Ron Arad died in 1988
– Ethiopian Aliyah resumes as first group arrives in Israel
– Global agtech investors find rich pipeline of opportunity in Israel
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Israel Press Review of 10/10/2016 – Two dead in Jerusalem terror shooting attack
– US-born Knesset member to Trump: Enough is Enough
– Bennett calls to pardon Hebron shooter if convicted

Monday, October 10, 2016
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