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For 42 years, Greece did not recognise Israel. I put an end to this madness

By Victor Eliezer, May 1, 2015

When the UN General Assembly voted to recognise the newly born Jewish state on November 29, 1947, Greece abstained.

Greek governments continued with this policy until 1990. During this time, the Israeli envoy in Athens held the title of "Diplomatic Representative" - not "Ambassador".

In 1990 - 25 years ago - Constantine Mitsotakis was elected as Greece's prime minister.


Aid given to South Africa hate victims

By Alana Baranov, May 1, 2015

Jewish groups in South Africa have visited refugee camps and distributed aid to victims of the anti-foreigner violence that has swept the country in recent weeks.

The wave of violence that erupted in Durban nearly a month ago has left several foreign nationals dead and forced thousands to flee for their lives.


Poland's hero memorial plan sparks outrage

By Nissan Tzur, May 1, 2015

A plan to place a monument in memory of Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust in the middle of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has sparked an angry outcry from survivor groups.

A collection of Shoah survivors' children sent a letter to the panel of judges due to select the designer of the monument, objecting to "the violation of the symbolic ground immortalising murder of the Jewish peop


Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted


Lithuania to co-operate over Vilna Gaon grave site

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2015

Lithuania is to erect a monument to mark the site of a historic Jewish cemetery that was once the resting place of the Vilna Gaon.

Representatives of the London-based Committee of the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries recently met Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius to discuss the future of the old Shnipishok cemetery.

The Gaon, Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, acknowledged as one of th


UN accuses Israel over Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

A report issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accusing the IDF of attacking seven UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip during the conflict last summer has prompted a muted response from Israel.

According to the report, 44 Palestinians were killed and 227 injured in the attacks.


Anger as survivor forgives Nazi on trial for murder

By JCReporter, May 1, 2015

A Holocaust survivor has sparked anger for publicly forgiving a 93-year-old former SS officer accused of helping murder 300,000 at Auschwitz.

Eva Mozes Kor embraced Oskar Gröning during his trial last week after giving evidence about the medical experiments that were conducted on her and her sister at Auschwitz.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


World Jewish Relief raises £120,000 for victims of Nepal earthquake

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2015

Aid agency World Jewish Relief has already raised £120,000 for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Over 6,000 people are thought to have been killed in the disaster, with the death toll expected to rise over the coming days and weeks.

WJR said the money raised is providing tents, blankets, food and medical kits for those in need.


Injured just kept on coming, says Israeli aid worker in Nepal

By Nathan Jeffay, April 29, 2015

A veteran paramedic with Second Intifada experience, Ilan Klein has been on the scene at dozens of terror attacks. But none of them prepared him for the flow of wounded he encountered in Nepal.

“In Israel, if there is, God forbid, an attack, injured people eventually stop coming — but in Nepal they didn’t,” he said on Wednesday, after returning to Israel from a two-day mission.