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Will left-wing poll win bring Greek tragedy?

By Richard Schwartz, January 29, 2015

The left-wing, anti-austerity Syriza party's victory in last Sunday's general election in Greece did not come as a great surprise.

But its scale - two seats short of an absolute majority in parliament - exceeded pollsters' expectations and left most other political groups on both the left and right downbeat.

The Jewish community officially welcomed the result.

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New Greek coalition partner accused of antisemitic slur

By JC Reporter, January 27, 2015

The fallout from the Greek election has left a party leader who was accused of antisemitism as part of the new government.

Panos Kammenos joined the administration after his right-wing, nationalist Independent Greeks party entered into an unlikely coalition with the leftist Syriza party, which narrowly failed to win an overall majority in Sunday's poll.

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International panel calls for new EU law banning antisemitism

By Charlotte Oliver, January 26, 2015

A document on “tolerance”, which includes making antisemitism a criminal offence across all 28 countries of the European Union, is being backed by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR).

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Israeli backpackers abused during antisemitic attack in Argentina

By Naomi Firsht, January 23, 2015

Israeli backpackers suffered hours of antisemitic abuse while trapped inside a hostel in Argentina.

The group of Israeli tourists were staying at hostel Onda Azul in the southern Patagonia region when they were woken by three men wielding broken bottles and large sticks on Monday.

The attackers screamed: “You s**t Jews, you are trying to take over Patagonia.”

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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Tourists threaten Auschwitz future

By Isabel De Bertodano, January 22, 2015

These days a trip to Auschwitz is not so much a pilgrimage as an essential part of any tourist itinerary.

Travel companies offer the visit as part of a day-trip from Krakow, followed by a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Advertisers are cashing in on the record numbers of visitors, erecting hoardings on the approach to it.

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Death of the lawyer who accused Argentina's president is 'disaster'

By Isabel De Bertodano and Adam Feinstein, January 22, 2015

Argentinian Jewish leaders were in uproar this week after the lawyer investigating a cover-up over the bombing of the Amia Jewish centre was found dead hours before he was due to give evidence against the country's president.

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World's biggest ship named after Nazi

By Toby Axelrod, January 22, 2015

Should the world's largest ship be named after a convicted Nazi war criminal? No, says retired British businessman John Donovan - and he's not sitting idly by.

The Colchester resident has launched an online petition asking shipping magnate Edward Heerema of the Allseas Group SA to change the name of its giant new vessel, the Pieter Schelte.

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Fatah pact with Hamas breaks down

January 22, 2015

Both main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, are under increasing pressure as the reconciliation pact they signed nine months ago appears to have broken down.

Although the agreement led to the formation of a Palestinian unity government, which is still in office, there is no real co-ordination between the Fatah-dominated West Bank, and Gaza under Hamas rule, and no date has been set for new

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