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Germany must lead Iran pressure, summit told

By Toby Axelrod, May 9, 2008

Israel is on the brink of a decision similar to the one it faced 60 years ago and should be prepared to go it alone unless the world helps pressure Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions.

So argued those at a conference in Berlin last weekend.


Royal pride in Krakow

By Leon Symons, May 2, 2008

Prince Charles is ‘moved’ as he opens a Jewish centre that he helped to fund Prince Charles was so taken by his involvement in creating a new Polish Jewish community centre, which he opened in Krakow on Tuesday, that he now intends to become involved in another Jewish project in Eastern Europe, the JC understands. “To stand between the Tempel and Kupa synagogues in the heart of the Jewish community is like touching history,” he said during the opening ceremony.


Livni to meet Egyptian counterpart in London

By Candice Krieger, May 2, 2008

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was due in the UK today for a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit at the Palestinian Authority donors’ conference.

The meeting between the two ministers is reportedly the first of its kind since they fell out over Egypt’s handling of the arms smuggling into Gaza.


Avram Grant goes to Auschwitz

By Simon Griver, May 2, 2008

Chelsea soccer coach Avram Grant was due to be a keynote speaker at Auschwitz yesterday (1st May) for Holocaust Memorial Day.

He was scheduled to fly to Poland after his team’s Champions League game against Liverpool on Wednesday evening.

Mr Grant, the son of Holocaust survivors, has taken part in the March of the Living, in which mainly young people march between Auschwitz and Birkenau, seven times before.

Israeli football fans wanting to watch the match live were ironically forced to see it screened with German commentary, because of Holocaust Memorial Day.


How a royal gift gave the Krakow community a new beating heart

By Leon Symons, May 2, 2008

Six years ago, Prince Charles promised to provide a group of  Polish Jews with a place to come together. Last Tuesday, he opened its new centre to a sea of smiles

Zofia Radikowska summed up the feelings of the Krakow Jewish community towards Prince Charles.

“So many people have been here in the past and made promises that they would help us. They went away and never came back,” said the beaming 72-year-old academic, who taught law at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University — known as the Cambridge of Poland — until she retired.


Gaza family deaths spark fresh violence

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2008

The deaths of a mother and her four children in the Gaza Strip have sparked fresh violence — despite ongoing ceasefire talks in Cairo — and a debate within Israel on how to respond to disputed Palestinian deaths.

Miyasar Abu Meatak and her four children Rudina, Hana, Saleh and Mousad, aged 15 months to six years, were killed by an explosion while eating breakfast in the town of Beit Hanoun on Monday morning. Two more children were severely wounded.


Youth theatre? It’s a respite from bombing

By Jacey Herman, May 2, 2008

In Jenin refugee camp, narrow alleys of unpaved gravel meander between cinderblock homes and concrete slabs, with rubbish collecting in heaps along the road.

This is the home of Zakariya Zubeidi, the 32-year-old former commander of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade in Jenin. For years, he was one of Israel’s most wanted men, accused of organising shootings and suicide bombings.


Fear in Rome over new ‘Fascist’ mayor

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, May 2, 2008

The election of Rome’s new mayor has brought the right wing to power in Italy’s capital for the first time since the Second World War.

Running on a law-and-order platform, Gianni Alemanno, 50, defeated centre-left candidate Francesco Rutelli by more than 100,000 votes in a tense run-off two weeks after centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi swept to power in national elections.


Lift Mein Kampf ban, urge German Jews

May 2, 2008

The secretary-general of Germany’s Jewish community has called for the country’s ban on Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf to be overturned. Stephan Kramer, of the Central Council of Jews, suggested that his organisation could help edit the text.


AJC praise by Obama pastor

May 2, 2008

The former pastor of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has praised Jewish leaders. Reverend Jeremiah Wright, accused of likening Israeli policies to apartheid and blaming the US for bringing the September 11 terror attacks on itself due to its foreign policy, made a point of publicly thanking Melanie Maron, an American Jewish Committee leader, and “my good friend and Jewish author Tim Wise”.