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European leader calls for 'zero-tolerance' for antisemitism

By Toby Axelrod, January 26, 2011

Europe should have "zero tolerance" for far-right parties that spew antisemitism, European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said in a press conference here today, ahead of ceremonies marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Baroness Ashton: Quartet should meet 'as soon as possible'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 7, 2011

The European Union’s High Representative has urged the Mideast peace Quartet to meet within the next few weeks in order to encourage progress on stalled peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Baroness Ashton said: "I propose the Quartet meet as soon as possible to help find a solution to the current impasse.”

She suggested that a meeting should take place around the Munich Security Conference at the beginning of next month.

The foreign policy chief made the comments following a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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EU, UN criticise Israel for settlements

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010

Israel’s refusal to change its position on settlement building has prompted criticism from members of the European Union and the United Nations.

The rebukes came as Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho flew to Washington to discuss the progress of the peace process at meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Middle East George Mitchell.

On the same day Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Thursday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said that the EU considered settlements an obstacle to peace.

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EU, UN criticise Israel for settlements

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010

Israel’s refusal to change its position on settlement building has prompted criticism from members of the European Union and the United Nations.

The rebukes came as Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho flew to Washington to discuss the progress of the peace process at meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Middle East George Mitchell.

On the same day Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Thursday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said that the EU considered settlements an obstacle to peace.

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Europe's Muslim and Jewish leaders meet, discuss co-operation

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2010

Leaders of Europe’s Jewish and Muslim communities have met in Brussels in an effort to encourage greater religious co-operation.

Some 50 people from countries including Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, attended Monday’s meeting.

It was organised by the European Jewish Congress (EJC) along with the World Jewish Congress and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

British Muslim representatives included Fiyaz Mughal, the director of Faith Matters and Mohamed Zina, co-chair of the Muslim-Jewish Forum.

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European victory in save shechitah campaign

By Robyn Rosen, December 7, 2010

The campaign to save the slaughter of kosher meat in the UK has passed another hurdle after European ministers today passed draft legislation which will not introduce controversial labelling.

This morning, the European Council of Ministers approved a draft of new food information regulation. The draft did not include amendment 205, which called for all meat products derived from animals slaughtered by shechitah to be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

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Nazi-quote MEP removed from European Parliament

By Robyn Rosen, November 24, 2010

A British MEP has been thrown out of the European Parliament chamber after quoting Nazi slogans.

Godfrey Bloom, the UKIP member for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, said: “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer” which means “One People, One Kingdom, One Fuehrer” as German MEP Martin Schulz was making a speech this morning.

The phrase was a political slogan used by the Nazis.

Mr Bloom refused when asked to apologise and said: “You are an undemocratic fascist.”

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New database to strengthen Holocaust research

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2010

A database bringing together documents on the Holocaust from across Europe is to be launched next week.

The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), which has cost more than £6 million, will collate archive and research material on the Nazis from Israel and 12 European countries.

The information, from millions of documents, will be searchable through 5,000 keywords.

Israel’s education minister, Gideon Sa’ar, will be in Belgium for the project's opening on November 16.

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Ukrainian billionaire is European community leader

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2010

A Ukrainian billionaire has been chosen to take charge of the European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC).

Igor Kolomoisky was appointed as the organisation’s president at the annual ECJC conference in Berlin.

He succeeds Jonathan Joseph, the London-based businessman who has been ECJC president since 2004.

The ECJC represents Jewish people in around 40 countries, not only those in the EU but also some of the countries of the former Soviet Union.

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A dangerous continental drift

By Denis MacShane, October 22, 2010

The deepening of antisemitic discourse in Europe is now beginning to challenge the post-war democratic settlement. It is commonplace to report attacks on Jewish cemeteries, synagogues and upon Jews themselves. The 1930s slogan, Kauft nicht bei Juden (Don’t buy from Jews) has been taken up by a number of liberal-left institutions, including the British trade union movement. Other attempts to impose boycotts on Israel focus on universities, journalists and intellectuals — paradoxically, three areas of protest in Israel against continued occupation of Palestinian lands.

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