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What’s the official line on Ukraine’s Jew-killer hero? The Yids provoked him

By Julie Masis, June 1, 2016

Before the Holocaust, one of the best-known tragedies in Jewish memory was the uprising led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky in the 17th century - when nearly half the Jews in Ukraine were slaughtered. But in modern-day Ukraine, Khmelnytsky is a national hero. Streets and a city are named after him, and his face even appears on the five hryven banknote.

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Google, Facebook, Twitter sign EU guidelines on combating hate speech online

By JC Reporter, May 31, 2016

The European Commission has produced a guide on countering hate speech online.

The code of conduct, which requires companies to review the majority of flagged hate speech within 24 hours and remove it, if necessary, has been signed by internet giants such as Facebook, Twitter and Google.

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Thirty one countries adopt working definition of antisemitism

By JC Reporter, May 31, 2016

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has adopted a working definition of antisemitism.

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PayPal closes French boycott movement account

By JC Reporter, May 31, 2016

Online payment company PayPal has blocked cash transfers to the French branch of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Israeli cabinet votes in Avigdor Lieberman as new defence minister

By JC Reporter, May 30, 2016

Avigdor Lieberman has been officially approved as Israel’s new defence minister.

The appointment was confirmed following a telephone vote by government ministers this morning.

The decision followed protracted negotiations between Mr Netanyahu's Likud party and Mr Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu grouping.

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New leader of France's Jews warns community is experiencing most difficult situation since the war

By JC Reporter, May 30, 2016

Francis Kalifat, the new leader of France’s Jewish community, has said that rising antisemitism means the country’s Jews are facing their “most difficult situation” for over 70 years.

Mr Kalifat pledged that his priority as the newly elected president of Crif, the community's main representative group, was to combat increasing Jew-hatred.

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Police hunt ‘neo-Nazis’ who performed Hitler salute in morgue at Buchenwald death camp

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2016

Police in Germany are investigating after two suspected British neo-Nazis were pictured performing a Hitler salute in Buchenwald concentration camp.

The photograph, published by National Action, a known British neo-Nazi group, shows two men with concealed faces saluting in the camp where more than 56,000 Jews were murdered.

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J Street 'took £400k to help Obama push Iran deal'

May 26, 2016

J-Street, the American liberal Jewish group, was given more than half a million dollars to promote President Barack Obama's controversial nuclear deal with Iran in the face of fierce opposition from Israel, it has emerged.

The group, which declares itself pro-Israel, was given the money by the Ploughshares Fund, the main organisation used by the White House to advocate for the deal.

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Amsterdam to reimburse taxes paid by survivors

By Shirley Haasnoot, May 26, 2016

Amsterdam's City Council has agreed to pay the local Jewish community £8 million as compensation for forcing returning Holocaust survivors to pay property taxes that they had incurred while in death camps and in exile around Europe.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan made the announcement at the opening of a new Holocaust museum in the city last week.

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'Erdogan has fallen for classic hate theory'

May 26, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly has a long-standing disagreement with his deputy prime minister over the existence of a shadowy financial group that is said to be conspiring to bring down the country.

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