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Trial of Auschwitz medic stalls amid legal wrangling

NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany (WJC)– The trial of a former medical orderly at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau resumed on Monday in Neubrandenburg, north of Berlin, with a call on the judge to recuse himself. Hubert Zafke as SS officer during World War II Hubert Zafke, 95, is accused of having been an accessory to the murder of 3,681 people between August and […]

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Eight months jail time for Holocause denier

HAMBURG, Germany (WJC) — An 87-year old German woman dubbed the ‘Nazi granny” by German media has been convicted of Holocaust denial and sentenced to eight months in prison for incitement to hatred. Ursula Haverbeck wrote a letter in February to the mayor of Detmold, the city where former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning was going on trial, in which she […]

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Khamenei: Israel- Saudi warming a ‘stab in the back’

TEHRAN (WJC) — Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a harsh rebuke of Saudi Arabia on Monday for allegedly seeking better relations with Israel. “Revelation of Saudi government’s relations with Zionist regime was stab in the back of Islamic Ummah,” Khamenei posted on his Twitter account. In another message, he wrote: “Today, #Saudi government is in […]

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French religious leaders seek greater protection for houses of worship

PARIS (WJC) — Representatives of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Buddhist faiths spoke after meeting French President François Hollande. Fr. Jacques Hamel was killed while conducting morning mass in his church. Tuesday’s attack took place in a Catholic church in a suburb of the Norman capital Rouen. The church of Saint-Etienne-Du Rouvreay was the first Christian house of worship to […]

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Bavaria accused of funneling stolen art back to Nazis

NEW YORK (WJC)- World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said this week that he is dismayed by an investigation alleging that the German state of Bavaria had sold or given Nazi-looted art to high-ranking Nazi officials, rather than returning the art to its rightful Jewish heirs. The investigation by the London-based Commission for Looted […]

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Posted in International, Jewish History, Music and Visual Arts, World Jewish Congress

European Jewish News: June 17, 2016

Lauder: Auschwitz guard ‘got the sentence he deserved’ (WJC) Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), on Friday welcomed the Detmold court’s verdict in the trial of former Auschwitz camp guard Reinhold Hanning. Hanning was sentenced to five years in prison for complicity in the murder of at least 170,000 people […]

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Posted in International, Jewish News Service (JNS), World Jewish Congress

Muslim ‘peace advocate’ exposed as a hater

ANTWERP, Belgium (WJC)– A 22-year-old Muslim woman from Belgium whose picture went viral after she posed defiantly in front of anti-Islam protesters is under fire for anti-Israel posts she made in 2012 and 2014 on her Facebook and Twitter pages. Zakia Belkhiri’s took a selfie picture against the backdrop of far-right demonstrators in Antwerp last week and […]

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Van de Bellen defeats Haider in Austria

VIENNA (WJC) — The candidate of the far-right Freedom Party in Austria, once led by the late Jörg Haider, only narrowly failed in his attempt to win the country’s presidency after postal ballots were counted on Monday. Alexander Van der Bellen (l) and Norbert Hofer at a debate The former leader of the Green Party, Alexander […]

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Lieberman angling to become Israel’s defense minister

JERUSALEM (WJC) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched surprise talks on Wednesday with his former foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, the head of Yisrael Beiteinu party, on bringing him into Israel’s coalition government, where he would likely become defense minister. Netanyahu, who won a fourth term last year, governs by a majority of one in the 120-member Knesset. It […]

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El Salvador’s Castellanos honored by Germany

BERLIN (WJC) –Germany’s Foreign Office and the Centrum Judaicum Berlin held an event in the German capital in honor of José Arturo Castellanos Contreras, El Salvador’s consul-general in Geneva who during World War II helped to save tens of thousands of Jews from Central Europe from Nazi persecution. Felix Klein, special representative of the Foreign […]

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Britain’s student union elects anti- Zionist as president

LONDON (WJC) — Malia Bouattia, who was elected president of the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK on Tuesday, is facing criticism from Jewish students over controversial remarks about Israel. Bouattia, who is of Algerian origin, won the election on the first round of voting against the outgoing NUS president, Megan Dunn. In an article she co-wrote in 2011, […]

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Putin, WJC praise Russian Jewry

MOSCOW (JNS.org) — Russian President Vladimir Putin met with delegates from the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the Russian Jewish Congress at the Kremlin on Tuesday to discuss Jewish life in Russia. “The World Jewish Congress is a very well-known and influential international non-governmental organization. As far as I know, the organization has existed for […]

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SVP subject to Nazi- style persecution — Blocher

ZURICH, Switzterland (WJC)– The former leader of the populist Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Christoph Blocher, caused an outcry over the weekend after comparing the treatment of his party in a controversial referendum campaign to that of the Jews in Nazi Germany. A majority of Swiss voters recently rejected the SVP’s initiative which called for the […]

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Hamas tunnel to southern Israel destroyed

JERUSALEM (WJC) — The Israeli Defense Forces uncovered and destroyed a Hamas attack tunnel penetrating southern Israel, the first to be detected since the end of the military campaign in Gaza in the summer of 2014. The tunnel was about 30 to 40 meters underground, lined with concrete slabs and equipped with communication lines, air supply and rails for […]

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