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Top KKK man held in Pnrague

April 29, 2009

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was arrested in Prague and ordered to leave the Czech Republic last week.

The 59-year-old American was arrested under suspicion of denying the Holocaust.

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Arab general ‘is Mossad spy’

April 29, 2009

A Lebanese former general has been charged with spying for Israel.

Adeeb Al-Alam, his wife and nephew have been accused of sending classified information to Mossad.

They face the death penalty if found guilty.

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Builders find Auschwitz message

April 28, 2009

Builders working near the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp have found a message in a bottle written by prisoners.

The message, dated 9 September 1944, bears names, camp numbers and home towns of seven young inmates from Poland and France, written in pencil. All were aged between 18 and 20.

At least two survived the war, according to the Auschwitz museum.

The bottle was buried in a concrete wall in a school that prisoners had been forced to rebuild.

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Bugged US lawmaker ‘spoke to Israeli spy’

By Nathan Guttman, April 23, 2009

A row has broken out in Washington over a Jewish congresswoman’s links to pro-Israel lobbyists after her phone calls were wiretapped by the National Security Agency.

Rep Jane Harman, a California Democrat known for her strong ties with pro-Israel groups, was heard conducting a conversation with a “suspected Israeli agent”.

In the call, Ms Harman was asked to use her influence with the administration to help two former staffers of the pro-Israel lobby Aipac who are facing espionage-related charges.

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European students are ejected

April 23, 2009

The European Union of Jewish Students was thrown out of the conference after taking part in demonstrations against the Iranian president.

Its accreditation and that of its 100 participants was withdrawn for the vociferous way they showed their anger at Mr Ahmadinejad’s speech.

Among the group were Jewish students from Britain who were part of a political task force co-ordinated by Union of Jewish Students campaigns director Yair Zivan.

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Geneva: the inside story

By Leon Symons in Geneva, April 23, 2009

The Serpent bar was where it all happened. In a vast room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Lake Geneva, the wheelers and dealers worked to reach accommodations during the Durban Review Conference hosted at the United Nations centre in the Swiss town this week.

People huddled around tables drinking coffee and talking about the events of the week, dominated of course by the speech of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday.

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The rhetoric and the reality

By Leon Symons in Geneva and Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2009

Two contrasting aspects of the Middle East conflict were brought home this week in Geneva and Israel.

In Geveva, there was the circus of the UN’s conference on racism; and in Israel, the revelation to the JC that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will agree to the principle of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Jewish groups in Geneva were in uproar over the response among UN officials to the antisemitic opening-day speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. None of the UN hierarchy joined the walk-out, and UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi

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Russian leadership plan

April 22, 2009

A $2.7 initiative to promote leadership among Russian-speaking Jews living in the US has been announced in New York.

The money will go to training lay leadership in the community and supporting professional development.

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Rise in antisemitic attacks worldwide

By Isabel Janner, April 22, 2009

Holocaust images are increasingly used in antisemitic attacks worldwide, according to a new survey.

The survey, carried out by Tel Aviv University and the European Jewish Congress, shows the number of incidents increasing gradually from 1989 to 2007, peaking in 2007 and dropping slightly in 2008.

The start of 2009 saw sharp increases, triggered by the economic crisis and war in Gaza.

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Prince Charles stars in The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust

By Tom Tugend, April 22, 2009

The Prince of Wales is to appear in a new film telling the stories of 12 non-Jewish diplomats who helped save an estimated 200,000 European Jews during the Second World War.

The film also highlights others who helped Jews survive, including Princess Alice of Greece, Prince Charles’s grandmother, who hid Jews in the royal palace in Athens during the German occupation and withstood interrogations by Nazi officials. The Prince pays tribute to his “very remarkable” ancestor in the film.

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