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Diaspora wants Israel to stay a liberal democracy

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

Since most diaspora Jews live in liberal democracies, it is little surprise that they attach importance to Israel’s credentials as a democracy. But what would happen if Israel were seen to move away from its democratic foundations?

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Jewish community was key to successful Ukraine poll

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2014

EXCLUSIVE

Jewish leaders in Kiev have welcomed the election of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president amid hopes that the establishment of a new government will bring stability back to the country. Jews in the east of the country were less hopeful, however.

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Impoverished Moldova fears Jewish exodus

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2014

The small Jewish community of Moldova is charting an uncertain path between a revival of Jewish life and the departure of many of its young people.

At the Moldova Limmud that took place in Chisinau last weekend, 400 local Jews came together to hear lectures, take part in cultural events and socialise — but also to discuss their future.

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Chabad-Lubavitch community in Sydney covered up abuse, claims victim

By Dan Goldberg, May 30, 2014

The Chabad-Lubavitch community in Sydney was more intent on protecting the perpetrator and safeguarding its reputation, a Jewish child sex abuse victim told a local court.

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Report reveals extent of Audi slavery under Nazis

By Toby Axelrod, May 29, 2014

The car manufacturer Audi has become the latest major German company to put its Nazi past on the table.

According to a new report, the firm — which has already paid millions of euros to a reparations fund — used 3,700 concentration camp inmates and 17,300 forced labourers on its wartime production line.

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Historic advance in Jewish-Catholic relations, but the world will recall just one photograph

By Nathan Jeffay, May 29, 2014

ANALYSIS

Rarely has a single event shown just how far Jewish-Catholic relations have advanced in recent decades. Pope Francis’s 27-hour visit to Israel this week came five decades after the first papal visit to the Jewish state. And it is difficult to imagine a more different trip.

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Museum bloodbath puts Belgians on terror alert

By Yossie Lempkowicz, Marcus Dysch and Orlando Radice, May 29, 2014

V Five days after a lone gunman shot dead four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum, the fear and anger is palpable.

“We are in a state of war. The terrorist is still at large. When you see the video images of the shooter, it’s really frightening because he might act again,’’ said Brigitte Weberman, a consultant who works for a local Jewish radio station.

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Final list emerges for Israeli president race

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 28, 2014

Six contenders remained in the race to be Israel’s next president as the list closed on Tuesday.

The candidates, who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members, included three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his Likud party’s official candidate.

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Economics only part of the solution

By Matthew Goodwin, May 28, 2014

Once again, the far right is dominating Europe’s media and political debate.

The latest set of European Parliament elections has seen significant gains by parties that are commonly included in the far-right family.

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European election: going backwards

By Michael Goldfarb, May 28, 2014

Symbolism. That’s what the European parliamentary elections are really about. Voting for representatives to a legislative body that has no real power but is a “symbol” of a united Europe.

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