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  • Ukraine Jews hunkering down amid turmoil

    February 25, 2014 | 10:04 am

    The turmoil in Ukraine has left one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities on edge.

    After an outbreak of violence in Kiev last week that left dozens of protesters and policemen dead, President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital and parliament installed an interim leader to take...

  • For some West Bank CEOs, no lost sleep over boycott threat

    February 5, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    Of the 200,000 wine bottles Yakov Burg produced last year, 16,000 went to Europe.

    The possibility of a boycott and repeated rumblings that Europe is planning to label goods produced in the settlements could decrease that number, but Burg isn’t worried.

    The CEO of Psagot Winery,...

  • The origins and meaning of Ashkenazic last names

    January 14, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    This piece originally ran on jewishcurrents.org.

    Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names.  Some German speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last...

  • Asylum seekers’ “undecided” status – will our govt finally reach a solution?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 8, 2014 | 9:30 am

    In the past four days, thousands of African migrants are striking and protesting in the streets of Tel-Aviv. Many of them work illegally as dishwashers or janitors, and them striking directly affects many businesses and thus – draw a lot of attention. So far, protests involving...

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  • The anti- Semite Quenelle salute is sweeping Europe, and the world stands still

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 30, 2013 | 11:53 am

    A new "Nazi salute" is sweeping Europe, and the world stands still. The neo-Nazi gesture is spreading rapidly among anti-Semites in Europe. In the past few couple of months, it gained popularity when hundreds of Europeans posted online pictures of themselves performing the new...

  • EU takes step towards launching drone program

    November 19, 2013 | 11:20 am

    European states took a first step on Tuesday towards developing a drone that could challenge U.S. dominance of the unmanned aircraft sector.

    Defence ministers meeting in Brussels instructed the European Defence Agency (EDA), the European Union's defence arm, to start studying the...

  • Deeply unpopular at home, French president embraced on Israel trip

    November 18, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    For Francois Hollande, the most unpopular head of state in France in more than half a century, his first presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority promised a respite from the daily pummeling over his country’s stunted economy and his perceived flimsiness as a...

  • ‘Aftermath’ exposes dark secrets in Poland

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    The Nazi occupation of most of Europe during World War II and the Holocaust tested the moral fiber not only of the individual citizen but also of entire nations.

    Today, 68 years after the guns fell silent in Europe and the Far East, historians and filmmakers not-yet-born in 1945...

  • Survey: 29% of European Jews considered emigrating due to anti-Semitism

    November 8, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Nearly one-third of respondents to a survey said they “seriously considered emigrating” from Europe because of anti-Semitism.

    In the survey of 5,847 Jews from nine European Union member states, 29 percent said they considered emigrating in recent years because they did “not feel...

  • 75 years after Kristallnacht: Time to toughen up and reclaim our memory

    November 7, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Seventy-five years later, the very word Kristallnacht still casts a long shadow — on Europe and on the Jewish people.

    The countrywide pogrom orchestrated in 1938 by the German High Command marked the Nazi regime’s transition from the quasi-legal, anti-Jewish discrimination of the...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier meets with Pope Francis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 25, 2013 | 10:56 am

    In a private audience with Pope Francis on Oct. 24, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), urged the leader of the Catholic Church to confront the evil that exists in the world, even while praying and working for peace.

    “Evil existed during the...

  • The demonization of the IDF: the truth must be revealed

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 25, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Last Friday, Reuters reported that IDF soldiers "threw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yanked a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents." The Diplomat, Marion Castaing, was quoted saying:...

  • Stick to Israeli settlement guidelines, ex-European leaders urge EU

    September 16, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Former European officials and heads of state called on the European Union not to relax new guidelines on Israeli settlements.

    Fifteen members of the European Eminent Persons Group sent a letter Monday to EU foreign ministers urging them to keep in place the guidelines, which make...

  • Syria, Obama and America

    By Dennis Prager

    September 11, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Ten thoughts on the current crisis:

    1. American red lines cannot be crossed.

    President Barack Obama has said that “Assad must go” and that the use of chemical weapons would constitute, in America’s eyes, a “red line.” If proclamations of an American president to other countries...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 2, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    Exploring Jerusalem without leaving home

    Want to visit Jerusalem but currently don't have the time or money to travel to Israel? Thanks to the wonders of the 21st century, you can experience the wonders and magic of Jerusalem without leaving home. Just click on the link and go on...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 26, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    A bitter drop

    After a Nazi-themed cafe' was discovered in Indonesia, a number of Israeli families found a Nazi-inspired liquor store. The group found this bitter surprise in the Dolomites region in northern Italy, where they discovered that some of the bottles at the liquor store...

  • World Leaders- stop condemning, start taking action!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    International relations- this small expression unfolds to a complex network of co-dependence based relations between the countries of the world. This means individual gain from economic or technological cooperation, but also obligations and commitments for other countries. There...

  • BDS pressure grows in Europe

    August 7, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    Two weeks ago, the Dutch public learned of what appeared to be an unprecedented victory for European advocates of boycotting Israeli products. Four major supermarket chains reportedly declared a boycott of products from the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

    But...

  • EU ban on Hezbollah branch a start, but impact is likely limited

    July 23, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    The effectiveness of the European Union’s decision to blacklist only Hezbollah’s military wing might be debatable, but one thing about the move seems certain: It did not come easy.

    The decision Monday by Europe’s 28 foreign ministers to put Hezbollah’s military wing on the...

  • BDS becomes law in the EU: Why the European Union’s boycott of Israeli products is wrong

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 17, 2013 | 6:03 am

    According to a new guideline adopted by the European Union, contracts between EU member states and Israel must include a clause stating that east Jerusalem and the West Bank are not part of the State of Israel and therefore not part of the contract. This means that any cooperation,...

  • Pamela Geller barred from Britain over anti-Islam views

    June 27, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller was banned from entering Britain. 

    Geller on Wednesday posted a copy of a letter from Home Secretary Theresa May dated June 25 on her anti-Islam blog Atlas Shrugs that informs her that she is barred from entering the country.

    The...

  • Bribery? Fraud? Israeli police question chief rabbi on graft allegations

    June 20, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Police questioned one of Israel's top religious officials, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, on Thursday on suspicion of bribery, fraud and money laundering, a police spokesman said.

    Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld gave no details about the allegations against Metzger and three other suspects...

  • Russia’s Putin torpedoes G8 efforts to oust Assad

    June 18, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    Russia's Vladimir Putin derailed Barack Obama's efforts to win backing for the downfall of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad at a G8 summit on Tuesday, warning the West that arms supplied to the rebels could be used for attacks on European soil.

    After two days of intense talks that...

  • A message to the world – an interview with Michael Dickson, Israel Director of StandWithUs

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 18, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    On June 17th, StandWithUs celebrated the graduation of their 1000th student ambassador (or "fellow" as they call it,) and seven years of activity in Israel. The event featured Olympic Gold Medalist, Noam Gershony, alongside other well-known International-Israeli figures, and...

  • EU envoy targets settlements

    June 12, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Israel’s settlement building is increasingly isolating the country in Europe, leading to European Union policies that could reinforce Israel’s delegitimization, according to the top EU representative to the peace process.

    Andreas Reinicke, the EU’s special envoy for the Middle...

  • Survey finds worldwide split over attitudes toward gays

    June 4, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    A survey on Tuesday shows a world divided over the acceptance of gays, with countries in Africa and the Middle East strongly opposed even as tolerance grows in Europe, the United States, Canada and parts of Latin America.

    People in predominately Muslim countries such as...

  • Bronfman Prize goes to leading disability rights innovator Eric Rosenthal

    June 3, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Eric Rosenthal, founder and director of Disability Rights International (DRI), who has focused world-wide attention on the inhumane institutionalization of children and adults with disabilities, has been awarded the 2013 Charles Bronfman Prize for his global leadership in the field...

  • Charlotte Seeman

    By Jane Ulman

    May 29, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Charlotte Seeman — then Charlotte Leiter — spotted the barbed-wire fence ahead. She and her companions — a young woman from Vienna as well as the woman’s boyfriend and uncle — climbed over and continued walking. It was a cold night in December 1938, and they had crossed the German...

  • Blood and hate are flooding Europe

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Muslim communities in Europe are not something new. Many people suffered in middle-eastern lands, went searching for a new home where there is freedom of speech and equal rights, and started to settle in various European countries.  With time, they became more and more noticed. It...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 10, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    MUTRAH is a young jewelry label, which blends contemporary jewelry design with a distinctive touch of bohemian chic. Inspired by the tribal African culture and ancient Egyptian jewelry. MUTRAH jewelry is all hand-made, created from industrial mechanical brass, colorful neon dyed...

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