Sunday, 30 June 2013

Deceptive editing

Warner Todd Huston writes:
In a June 24 report for NBC’s Rock Center, video for a story was deceptively edited and misleading voice overs added to quotes from an Hasidic Rabbi that made it seem as if the Rabbi was insisting that allegations of sex abuse should only be handled internally, within the community, and should not be taken to police. But in fact Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz did not say that at all.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

The Nazi flag

Joseph Sincavage hangs a Nazi flag outside his Connecticut home not because he despises Jews but because he hates President Barack Obama.
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Friday, 28 June 2013

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Sunday, 23 June 2013

David Miliband addresses crowd

David Miliband spoke at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport.

In a emotional address to the 600-strong extended Kindertransport family, the former foreign secretary David Miliband, the eldest son of Jewish immigrants, said he had "very personal reasons" to celebrate the lives and contributions of Holocaust survivors. His father and grandfather escaped to Britain in 1940, and his grandmother was sheltered by a Catholic farmer in Belgium. "As the chain of memory is broken, so history and its lessons become more important," he said. "When we ask whose responsibility is it to save lives, the answer must be: ours."
Miliband said that in taking up his new job as president of the New York-based charity International Rescue Committee, founded by the Jewish refugee Albert Einstein, he felt he was "in a small way repaying a personal debt to those who helped my parents".
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Going to school

Kikar Hashabat has reported that the Belgian Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Moshe Aryeh Friedman and that his children must be accepted at the Yesodei HaTorah school in Antwerp.ניצחון-לפרידמן-יחוייבו-לקבל-את.html

Friday, 21 June 2013

Wiping the record clean

Philadelphia Phillie outfielder Delmon Young has wiped his criminal record clean of a year-old, drunken Midtown beatdown in which he shouted, “F--king Jews!” while pummeling a random male tourist.
The right fielder came to Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday to dispose of the misdemeanor aggravated-harassment charge.
His lawyer, Daniel Ollen, told the judge that the slugger had completed 10 days of community service and a one-day program at the New York Museum of Tolerance.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Hero or collaborator?

He has been called the Italian Schindler, credited with helping to save 5,000 Jews during the Holocaust.
Giovanni Palatucci, a wartime police official, has been honored in Israel, in New York and in Italy, where squares and promenades have been named in his honor, and in the Vatican, where Pope John Paul II declared him a martyr, a step toward potential sainthood.
But at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the tale of his heroic exploits is being removed from an exhibition after officials there learned of new evidence suggesting that, far from being a hero, he was an enthusiastic Nazi collaborator involved in the deportation of Jews to Auschwitz.
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Secretly taught Judaism

Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, a religious educator who survived a brutal Gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime, has died in Israel. He was 84.
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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Permission for a bris

A Jewish inmate at the Blackwater River Correctional Facility in Milton is asking the state's corrections department for permission to be circumcised. An earlier request was turned down by the prison's warden.
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Sunday, 16 June 2013

The righteous Gentile

An Italian Catholic activist and journalist who was declared a Righteous Gentile by Yad Vashem was put on the road to sainthood.
Odoardo Focherini was beatified — the step before sainthood — at a ceremony Saturday in his hometown of Carpi, near Modena, in northern Italy.
Declared a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church, Focherini is believed to be the first Righteous Gentile, and the first person to be killed for saving Jews, to be beatified.
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Friday, 14 June 2013

Living in Minnesota

A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press.
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The Schneerson collection

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a years-long spat with the United States over thousands of Jewish religious writings should end now that some are on display in Moscow's new Jewish museum.
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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

FAU to promote diversity

Florida Atlantic University launched a website promoting diversity following complaints from Jewish groups about activities on campus by a pro-Palestinian group.
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Brooklyn bike robbery

A Jewish boy fell victim to a violent robbery on busy Kingston Avenue, when two Black teens shoved him off his bike and fled. Police managed to apprehend the pair – who were later released into the custody of their parents.
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Monday, 10 June 2013

Long-lost diary found

The U.S. government has recovered 400 pages from the long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a confidant of Adolf Hitler who played a central role in the extermination of millions of Jews and others during World War Two.
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Thursday, 6 June 2013

A social experiment

As a social experiment, media analyst Mark Dice asked California beach goers to sign a petition to prevent the Holocaust Beach Party from being canceled due to budget cuts, calling the Holocaust a "Jewish festival" to see if people are so out of touch with reality that they don't understand or remember what the Holocaust was.

Shomrim aid in arrest

The collective power of the press, community and volunteers led today to the apprehension of the three individuals who assaulted young Jewish girls Tuesday afternoon, and the arrest of one of them – a 12-year-old who was charged with a hate crime.
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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Le Chayim

For avid whiskey lovers, few events are more eagerly anticipated than WhiskyFest, an enormous tasting that touches down in several American cities throughout the year. But when sponsors of the New York festival suddenly moved it last year from Tuesday to Friday and Saturday, many regulars were unable to attend.
...These whiskey devotees, it turned out, were Jews shut out of the big event because they observe the Sabbath.
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Monday, 3 June 2013

Kosovo's Jewish heritage

In the Balkan republic of Kosovo, with a Muslim majority around 80 percent, a different spirit is visible. On May 23, during a week of events promoting "tolerance and reconciliation," the Kosovar Albanian government dedicated a monument of remembrance to the nearly unknown place of Kosovo in Jewish history.

The stone slab was erected within the gated courtyard facing the country's parliament, in the capital, Pristina. It reads, "This is the place where the last Synagogue [in] Kosovo stood until 1963. This plaque is raised in memory of Kosovo Jews that perished in Nazi camps during [the] Holocaust. [The] People of Kosovo will never forget them."
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The mayoral race

Until former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner upended the New York City mayoral race, this year's campaign was set to be the first in decades without a well-known Jewish candidate. But Mr. Weiner hardly has the Jewish vote in the bag.
Interviews with Jewish voters on Sunday, many of them at the Celebrate Israel parade on Fifth Avenue, show they have the same reservations and mixed feelings about Mr. Weiner as the wider electorate.
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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Bullet holes at a Jewish community center

French police found bullet holes at the entrance to a Jewish community center near Paris, authorities in France said.
Three bullet holes were found Saturday in a door and in the wall of a center belonging to the Jewish community of Garges-les-Gonesse north of the French capital, according to a report Sunday by the AFP news agency, which quoted unnamed police officials.
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