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Newsletter No.121, February 17, 2013

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British FM urges the EU to 'take robust action' in response to Burgas terror attack

LONDON/BRUSSELS/SOFIA (EJP)---British Foreign Minister William Hague has called on the European Union to take "robust action" in response to last year's bus bombing in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas.


The bombing on July 18, 2012 in the Black Sea city killed five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver and wounded 36.   


Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov announced last week that his country's investigators had "a well-founded assumption" that the perpetrators of the deadly attack belonged to the military wing of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite organization.

The conclusions of Bulgaria's investigation into the Burgas deadly terror attack will be discussed Monday in Brussels at a meeting of the 27 EU Foreign Ministers at Bulgarian demand.  




Syrians wounded in battle near border treated in Israeli hospital 

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Seven Syrians hurt in battles between Syrian army and rebels were treated in a hospital in Israel, an Israel Defence Force (IDF) spokesperson said Saturday.  


They had made their own way across the demilitarized zone to the border fence. An Israeli patrol detected them and quickly noticed they were wounded and seeking help. Army medics were called to the scene and administered initial care.


Israeli "soldiers provided medical care to seven injured Syrians adjacent to the security fence" on the Golan Heights, the spokesperson said.




Bulgaria expels Hamas lawmakers

SOFIA (EJP)---Bulgaria on Friday expelled three Hamas lawmakers from the country after declaring that they represented "a serious threat to national security."


Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that the lawmakers had entered the country with regular visas "issued, however, on different motives from what they have demonstrated here."He said they had left the country Friday morning.




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 UNESCO head 'deeply shocked' by fake Nazi rail car at Belgian Carnival

PARIS/NEW YORK (EJP)---UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said she learned with "deep indignation" about the fake Nazi rail car that paraded during a Carnival in Belgium where SS officers revel and drink champagne, to the tune of popular German songs.


The rail car was reminiscent of those used to deport Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust. Photos in the Belgian press showed the men dressed in full Nazi regalia with a Hasidic Jewish boy character on a rail car, decorated with posters depicting pails labeled, "Zyklon," the chemical used in the Nazi gas chambers.


The Aalst Carnival is inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


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 Members of the European Parliament call on EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation

BRUSSELS/BERLIN/THE HAGUE (EJP) --- Polish MEP Michał Tomasz Kaminski called on EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to step up Europe's efforts to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organisation after last week's Bulgarian's report that the Lebanese group was behind the terrort attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas in July 2012.


In a written question to Ashton, ahead of Monday's meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers where the issue is likely to come under discussion, he asked why the EU remains "reluctant to call Hezbollah by its proper name", after Ashton's official response to the Burgas findings expressed "the need for a reflection over te outcome of the investigation".


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ADL slams latest 'distorted' John Galliano anti-Semitism slurs after disgraced designer is 'pictured in Hasidic dress'

NEW YORK (EJP) --- The Anti-Defamation League came out storming defence of convicted anti-Semitic designer John Galliano Wednesday proclaiming the disgraced former Christian Dior head an "atoned" character, following a US daily report featuring an image of him in New York apparently mimicking traditional Hasidic ultra Orthodox Jewish dress.  


A New York Post article Wednesday featured a paparazzi shot of Galliano on the streets of New York wearing a hat and long dark single breasted coat, with his hair styled in the traditional ringlets often associated with Hasidim.





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 Israel: scope of gag order reduced in 'Prisoner X' Case

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Australian media reported the case of so-called "Prisoner X", an Australian native named Ben Zygier, also known as Ben Alon in Israel, allegedly held in complete isolation inside one of Israel's most heavily guarded prisons near Tel Aviv and who was found hanged in his high-security cell in late 2010.


According to the media report, Zygier, or Alon, who was 34 at the time of his death, had moved to Israel about 10 years earlier and was recruited by the Mossad spy agency.   


On Wednesday, Israel admitted to a basic set of facts in the "Prisoner X" episode, confirming that a top-security inmate had indeed been held under an assumed name and committed suicide in 2010. 





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Israel's ambassador to UN urges EU to have 'political and moral' courage to add Hezbollah on terror list


NEW YORK (EJP)---"Calling Hezbollah a charity is like calling al-Qaida an urban-planning organization because of its desire to level tall buildings," Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor told a UN Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.


He denounced the fact that Hezbollah is still not on the list of EU terror organisations despite last week's statements by Bulgarian authorities that identified the Lebanese Shiite group as being behind the July 2012 bus bombing in Burgas, which killed five Israelis and one Bulgarian citizen.

The bombing was the deadliest terror attack on European soil since 2005.









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.












Manuel Valls dénonce le 'facisme islamique qui monte un peu partout'

PARIS (EJP)---Le ministre français de l'Intérieur, Manuel Valls, a denoncé "un fascisme islamique qui monte un peu partout".  


"Cet obscurantisme doit être évidemment condamné, puisqu'on nie cet État de droit, cette démocratie pour lesquels les peuples libyens, tunisiens, égyptiens se sont battus", a-t-il déclaré après l'assassinat mercredi d'un chef de l'opposition au pouvoir islamiste en Tunisie, Chokri Belaïd.  


"La France doit soutenir les démocrate" en Tunisie pour que les "valeurs de la révolution du Jasmin ne soient pas trahies", a dit le ministre français.


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