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Newsletter No.123, March 3, 2013

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We are happy to offer you our selection of news that made the headlines during this week. These stories represent what we see as the main issues of interest for the Jewish world.



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 During historic EU visit, Israeli President Peres to urge European leaders to blacklist Hezbollah



BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israeli President Shimon Peres will urge EU leaders to put Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite group, on its list of terror organisations, during a week-long historic state visit to the European Union and France.  


Last month, Peres called on the EU to blacklist Hezbollah after Bulgaria informed the other EU countries that the group was to be blamed for the July 2012 bombing of a bus in the Black Sea resort of Burgas which killed five Israeli tourists and their driver.


During his visit, Peres will meet the EU leaders to promote the strategic cooperation between Israel and the EU in various political and economic fields, and also discuss the Iranian nuclear issue, the peace process with the Palestinians and the Arab Spring.   




In Ankara talks, Kerry raises Erdogan's 'objectionable' comments on Zionism 
ANKARA (EJP)---US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday criticized Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan's remarks likening Zionism to crimes against humanity, during his visit in Ankara.
Kerry, on his first trip to a Muslim nation since taking office, met Turkish leaders for talks meant to focus on Syria, Iran and bilateral issues.
In a speech at the Global Forum of UN Alliance of Civilizations meeting in Vienna last Wednesday, Erdogan declared: "Just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity."


 UN chief slams Erdogan's comments on Zionism, Kerry to raise the issue in Ankara talks 

NEW YORK/WAHSINGTON/JERUSALEM (EJP)---United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sharply criticized comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who called Zionism "a crime against humanity."


In a conference of the Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna on Wednesday, Erdogan declared in Turkish: "Just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity."  


In a statement issued by Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson, the UN chief - who also present on the stage when Erdogan made the remarks at the Vienna Hofburg Palace meeting - said: "The secretary-general believes is it is unfortunate that such hurtful and divisive comments were uttered at a meeting being held under the theme of responsible leadership."



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Students at Oxford University reject support for anti-Israel BDS campaign 


LONDON (EJP)---Students at the prestigious Oxford University this week overwhelmingly rejected a motion which called for support of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), the campaign for the boycott of Israel.


The Oxford University Students Union (OUSU) Council voted last Wednesday with 69 votes against, 10 for and 15 abstentions. They also rejected advocating for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against the country in the National Union of Students (NUS).


The motion asked OUSU to advocate for the BDS campaign at the annual conference of NUS in Sheffield in April.


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 President Peres gives Netanyahu two more weeks to form government

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a two-week extension to form a coalition government, after he failed to build a broad coalition including ultra-orthodox parties.


Netanyahu placed the blame for his failure to form a government on Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett.


Speaking with President Peres at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said : "The reason there is no coalition so far is because there are boycotts of an entire public in the State of Israel and that does not match my views," Netanyahu stated, sitting across from Peres in the press room at the President's Residence in the capital.




European Jewish group welcomes German court decision to drop charges against rabbi who performed circumcision 

BRUSSELS (EJP)---The European Jewish Association (EJA) has welcomed the decision this week by a German court to dismiss all charges against a rabbi who

performed the circumcision of an infant.  



Rabbi David Goldberg, from Hof, who has been working as a mohel (a person practicing the Jewish Brit Milah or circumcision) in Germany since 1997 was charged last year after a court in Cologne ruled that circumcision was illegal in Germany.  


But the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, has since voted a new law allowing the practice. 







Alarming rise of anti-Semitic political parties in Europe discussed in US Congress committee 

WASHINGTON (EJP)-The issue of alarming rise to prominence of anti-Semitic political parties in Europe was raised at a hearing of the US Congress Subcommittee on Human Rights that examined Wednesday the growing threat of anti-Semitism.


Using Hungary, Greece and the Ukraine as examples of a rise in European anti-Semitic political rhetoric, Andrew Srulevitch, Director of European Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL, said that the rise to parliamentary prominence of such groups as Jobbik (Hungary), Golden Dawn (Greece) and Svodoba (Ukraine) confirmed the findings of last year's ADL survey which concluded that, following research across ten European countries, "large swaths of the population (were) subscribing to classical anti-Semitic notions such as Jews having too much power in business, being ore loyal to Israel than their own country, or "talking too much" about what happened during the Holocaust".




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ADL slams Oscars host for 'legitimizing anti-Semitism'


NEW YORK (EJP)---The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has criticized a sketch performed during Sunday night's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles by host Seth MacFarlane that it says "sends false messages about Jews" to a global audience who may be more inclined to accept the stereotypes as factual.

In the sketch,
he used the animated teddy bear from his hit film Ted to make a joke about Jews controlling Hollywood. The bear, voiced by MacFarlane, said: "I was born Theodore Shapiro and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever." 





Kazakhstan talks end with no apparent breakthrough as Iran implies the West 'got closer to our viewpoint'

ALMATY (EJP)---The latest round of two day talks between the West and Iran over its disputed nuclear weapons programme apparently ended inconclusively Wednesday, as EU foreign policy chief emerged from discussions in Almaty, Kazakhstan to say the so-called P5+1 or E3+3 delegation (France, Germany, the UK, the US, China and Russia) which she heads was "absolutely unified in seeking a diplomatic resolution to international concerns regarding Iran's nuclear programme".


Her statement, which echoed that she made Tuesday ahead of resuming diplomatic talks with the Islamist regime, after an impasse on eight months, also insisted that the much-touted "revised proposal" by western negotiators offered a "balanced and fair basis for constructive talks", which she added took into account both the concerns of the international community and Iraan's own objectives.


Turkey's Erdogan reignites Israel feud as he tells UN forum: 'We must consider Zionism as a crime against humanity' 


VIENNA (EJP)--- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to reignite his country's feud with Israel Wednesday, despite reports of bilateral diplomatic attempts to normalise relations between the estranged former allies in recent weeks, as he told the Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna that Zionism constitutes a "crime against humanity".  


In an address in Vienna's Hofburg Palace to the fifth meeting of the forum Turkey co-initiated with Spain to "galvanize international action against extremism through the forging of international, intercultural and interreligious dialogue," Erdogan said that whilst "we should be striving to better understand the culture and beliefs of others, instead we see that people act based on prejudice and exclude others and despise them".


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