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Hezbollah carried out the Burgas bus bombing that killed 5 Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver

SOFIA/BRUSSELS (EJP)---Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group, was responsible for the bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, last year, the Bulgarian authorities announced Tuesday.  


The attack on July 18, 2012 was carried out by a terrorist cell that included Canadian and Australian citizens.  


Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, in the first major announcement on the investigation's findings, said one of the suspects entered the country with a Canadian passport, and another with one from Australia.




Israeli PM welcomes Bulgarian report on Burgas bombing, urges EU not to differentiate between military wing of Hezbollah and its political wing

JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (EJP)---Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday welcomed the Bulgarian investigation findings into the July 2012 bus bombing that killed 5 Israelis and the Bulgarian driver, and called upon the European Union not to differentiate between the military wing of Lebanon's Hezbollah's and its political wing.


He urged Europe to draw the "proper conclusions" about the "true character of the group" following the Bulgarian investigation.






 Divergences remain among EU member states on adding Hezbollah to terror list despite Bulgarian report

BRUSSELS (EJP)---EU leaders, who met Friday in Brussels, didn't apparently had the opportunity to discuss the eventual consequences of a Bulgarian report linking Hezbollah to the bomb attack against a bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, which killed six people including five Israeli tourists, informed sources said.  


"The lenghty summit was mainly dedicated to the EU budget so this question was not raised," one source said, hinting that the absence of discussion on the issue might be a sign of divergences among the 27 EU Member States on the idea of blacklisting the Lebanese Shiite group.



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Ronald Lauder honored in Paris by President Hollande, calls on France to support blacklisting Hezbollah in the EU

PARIS (EJP)---French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday honored World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder with the order of officer of the Legion of Honor, calling him "a man of peace, of culture and of commitment."


"Since 2007, you have served as World Jewish Congress president, heading an organization that represents Jewish communities in 100 countries. You travel the world, and you convey the message of tolerance and peace. You have the ear of Jewish communities who are in need of support, leadership and values in a world of menaces, a world where old hatreds are resurfacing that we thought had disappeared long ago," Hollande said in his address during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.



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 European Jewish Parliament to Catherine Ashton : 'Time has come for the EU to add Hezbollah to the EU list of terror organisations'


BRUSSELS (EJP)--- The European Jewish Parliament (EJP) on Wednesday urged the European Union to condemn "immediately and unreservedly" the Lebanese Hezbollah group and add it to the EU list of designated terrorist organizations.  


In an Open Letter to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Vadim Rabinovich and Joël Rubinfeld, Co-Chairmen of the European Jewish Parliament said "the time has come for the European Union to respond appropriately to Hezbollah's terrorist activities. What is at stake is nothing less than to allow or not a terrorist attack on EU territory to go unpunished."




 CST annual report shows slight rise in 2012 anti-Semitic incidents in the UK

LONDON (EJP)---A report by the Community Security Trust (CST) on anti-Semitic incidents in the UK shows a slight rise of 5% in 2012 (640 incidents) compared to 2011.  


A total of 640 incidents were reported against 608 in 2011.

According to the report, the total of 640 incidents included 100 reported under a new exchange programme with the Metropolitan Police Service, whereby CST and MPS exchange all anti-Semitic incident reports received by either agency, fully anonymised, throughout the year.










 Netanyahu : Iran's nuclear program to top Obama's talks during visit in Israel


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 Israeli parliament reopens following elections with the highest new female intake in its history

JERUSALEM (EJP) --- The Israeli Knesset convened for a special session Tuesday following national elections a fortnight ago which returned the largest ever turnover of members in the institution's history, as more than a third of MKs entered parliament for the first time. With a new intake of 48 members, another historical landmark was reached with the largest ever number of females sitting, 27 MKs more than fifth of the parliament.  


The ceremonial sitting in the presence of President Shimon Peres came in the wake of his long-anticipated call Saturday night on incumbent Premier Benjamin Netanyahu to form and head a coalition government following January's indecisive election result, which left voters largely split between centre, left and right-wing political factions. By convention, the Prime Minister has 28 days to form a government, with a further possible a period of 14 days beyond this at the President's discretion









La France va tirer les conséquences de l'enquête bulgare sur l'attentat de Burgas, avec ses partenaires européens



PARIS (EJP)---"Nous avons bien pris note des déclarations du ministre de l'Intérieur bulgare et nous en tirerons les conséquences, en coordination avec nos partenaires européens", a déclaré le porte-parole du Quai d'Orsay interrogé à propos de l'annonce mardi par le gouvernement bulgare que le Hezbollah est impliqué dans l'attentat terroriste du 18 juillet 2012 à Burgas qui avait causé la mort de six personnes dont cinq touristes israéliens.












 140 imams emmenés par Hassen Chalghoumi visitent le musée de la Shoah de Drancy

PARIS (EJP)---Cent quarante imams de France sont rendus lundi au nouveau mémorial de la Shoah de Drancy (Seine-Saint-Denis) afin de plaider pour l'apaisement interreligieux et montrer que l'islam est une religion de "tolérance" et "d'amour".  


Une visite saluée par le Ministre de l'Intérieur en charge des Cultes Manuel Valls et Richard Prasquier, président du Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (CRIF).


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