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Hungary’s ‘shameful’ plan lead Shoah remembrance group

By Valentina Jovanovski, May 27, 2014

Questions are being raised over whether Hungary is suitable to take over chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2015, amid accusations the government is whitewashing Hungary’s own Second World War past.

The IHRA is an organisation that promotes Holocaust education and research. The chairmanship, currently held by the UK, is rotated annually among members.


Far right make gains in European elections

By JC Reporter, May 26, 2014

Far right parties made gains across Europe in the elections for the European Parliament as voters expressed their anger against the EU.

In France, Marine Le Pen’s Front National topped the poll with 25 per cent of the vote.
Ms Le Pen described the result as support for "France for the French",


Four killed in attack at Brussels Jewish Museum

By Daniel Easterman, May 24, 2014

Belgian synagogues are reported to be under armed police guard as the death toll rises to four killed in the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

The hunt for the lone gunman involved in the shooting continues.

Two of the dead have been identified as a couple in their 50s from Tel Aviv visiting Belgium as tourists.

The third person killed was a museum volunteer.


Hoess grandson warns of Euro Nazi danger

By Toby Axelrod, May 23, 2014

Ahead of the EU parliamentary elections, the youth wing of Sweden’s main pro-European party has reached out to an unlikely ally — the grandson of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess — for help in fending off the far-right.


Doctor plans ‘inspiring’ Auschwitz tour to talk about euthanasia

By Shirli Sitbon, May 23, 2014

Belgian doctor Wim Distelmans, an advocate of euthanasia, has triggered controversy by planning a study trip to Auschwitz, which he describes as an “inspiring venue” in which to “clarify confusion” about mercy killing.

Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre called Prof Distelmans’s Auschwitz initiative “a travesty”.


Michael Bloomberg to give away $1 million Genesis Prize

By Daniel Easterman, May 23, 2014

Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg has announced that he will give away the $1 million (£590,000) he received in prize money for the Genesis Award presented to him by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel.

Shortly after receiving the award, the three-time former Mayor of New York pledged that the money would be used for a new global entrepreneurship competition.


Inevitable win for Al-Sisi in Egypt will boost Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2014


The results of next week’s presidential election in Egypt are in no doubt. Former army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the country’s de-facto ruler since last year’s military coup, is looking at landslide victory.


Why Israeli men live longer (clues: beer and women)

By Nathan Jeffay, May 22, 2014

They spend three years in the army and enjoy nothing more than a deep-fried falafel. But Israeli men rank fourth in the world when it comes to life expectancy.

According to new World Health Organisation projections, a baby boy born in 2012 in a low-income country will live until 60 on average, while in a high-income country the average is 76. In Israel, however, he can expect to reach 80.


Israel’s hopes for the Pope

By Nathan Jeffay, May 22, 2014

Pope Francis will arrive in Jerusalem on Sunday evening for a 27-hour visit and all that Israel will be hoping for is an uneventful trip.

Israel will welcome declarations on the importance of the Holy Land and general statements on the church’s yearning for peace. But it is concerned that the Pope may delve into the politics of the failed peace process.


Ex-ICC lawyer praises Israeli legal system

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 22, 2014

Former International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has downplayed fears that Palestinian access to The Hague will result in a tidal wave of war crime indictments against Israelis.

Now that the Palestinian Authority has had its UN status upgraded to non-member observer state, it is eligible to join the court, though the PA has yet to do so.