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Auschwitz guard charged with 300,000 murders

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.

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Expelled Guatemala group is 'extremist sect'

By Adam Feinstein, September 18, 2014

The 230 Jews who were forced to leave the remote Guatemalan village of San Juan la Laguna for the capital, Guatemala City, earlier this month were members of the Charedi sect Lev Tahor, which has allegedly engaged in human trafficking and harboured sex abusers, according to search warrants issued by authorities in Quebec.

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Jewish Museum in Brussels reopens - but few feel safe

By Shirli Sitbon, September 18, 2014

Around 300 people attended the emotional reopening of the Brussels Jewish Museum on Sunday, four months after a gunman shot dead two Israeli tourists and two members of staff inside the building.

Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo told those present that Belgium had redoubled its fight against terrorism since the attack.

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'Key French jihadi recruiter' arrested

By Michel Gurfinkiel, September 18, 2014

A 30-year-old jihadi described by the French Interior Ministry as "very dangerous" was arrested on his arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris last week.

Mourad Fares had been extradited from Turkey, where he had been arrested a month earlier at the request of French authorities.

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Jobbik fields Jew for mayor

By Valentina Jovanovski, September 18, 2014

Hungary's Jewish leaders have hit out at a decision by antisemitic party Jobbik to field a local election candidate with Jewish ancestry.

Péter Jakab announced his candidacy for mayor of the north-eastern town of Miskolc in late May, while also revealing that his mother's family was Jewish. He added that he was not practising.

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Merkel's speech against antisemitism

September 17, 2014

The fact that today there are again more than 100,000 Jews living in Germany is nothing short of a miracle. It’s a precious gift which fills me with profound gratitude.

That people in Germany today are being verbally abused, threatened and attacked when it somehow becomes apparent that they are Jewish or when they express their support for the State of Israel, is outrageous.

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Auschwitz guard charged with murder of 300,000

September 17, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.

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Angela Merkel pledges to fight German antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do everything possible to fight antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in her country.

Speaking at an unprecedented rally against the rise of antisemitism, in Berlin on Sunday, she said it was “an outrageous scandal” that German Jews had been threatened.

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Today in France, the Shoah flashbacks keep on coming

By Michel Gurfinkiel, September 12, 2014

A remarkable ceremony took place last Sunday at the Rabbinical School of France in Paris.

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Accused killer 'was Isis torturer'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

The alleged killer of four at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May beat Western hostages while fighting with Isis in Syria, according to a former prisoner of the terror group.

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