European Jewish Congress Newletter 14-16 January 2018

NEWS FROM COMMUNITIES

AUSTRIA
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TENS OF THOUSANDS PROTEST AUSTRIA’S NEW RIGHT-WING GOVERNMENT

More than 20,000 people rallied on Saturday in Vienna against Austria’s new conservative-far right coalition, over its hard-line stances on immigration and social policy.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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FRANCE
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FRENCH JEWS PROTEST RELEASE OF SYNAGOGUE BOMBING SUSPECT

French Jews protested the release of a man who was extradited from Canada on suspicion that he was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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GIRL’S FACE CUT NEAR PARIS IN SUSPECTED ANTISEMITIC ATTACK

A Jewish teenager had her faced slashed by an unidentified assailant on a street in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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LITHUANIA
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JAPANESE PM HONOURS MEMORY OF DIPLOMAT WHO SAVED THOUSANDS OF LITHUANIAN JEWS

“Sugihara needed a lot of courage to do what he has done, especially when we know that it was dangerous for him to defy the government’s orders,” the head of Lithuania’s Jewish community, Faina Kukliansky, said.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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TUNISIA
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FOUR SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR TUNISIA SYNAGOGUE FIREBOMB ATTACK

Tunisian authorities have arrested four men on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails at a synagogue on the island of Djerba.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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UNITED KINGDOM
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BRITISH PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE FULL BLACKLISTING OF HEZBOLLAH

The British House of Commons is to discuss fully blacklisting Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based, Iranian-supported terrorist organisation, on January 25.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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EJC IN THE MEDIA

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DAILY MAIL: ‘BOOKKEEPER OF AUSCHWITZ’ FILES A PLEA ASKING FOR MERCY AFTER HIS CONVICTION FOR ASSISTING IN 300,000 MURDERS

“This trial reminds us that there is no statute of limitations for those responsible for Nazi horrors and demonstrates the constant need to guard against antisemitism, racism and hate”, said Dr Moshe Kantor.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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NEWS AND VIEWS

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ABBAS CALLS ISRAEL A “COLONIAL PROJECT” UNRELATED TO JUDAISM

Mahmoud Abbas implied European Jews during the Holocaust chose to undergo “murder and slaughter” over emigration to British-held Palestine, and alleged that David Ben-Gurion imported Jews from Yemen and Iraq to the country against their will.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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