EJC Weekly News collection
Israel-Turkey thaw: EU and NATO express satisfaction

BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM/ANKARA (EJP)---The European Union and NATO have welcomed the normalization of relations between Israel and Turkey after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Friday to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the death of nine Turks in a 2010 raid on the Navi Marmara ship which was trying to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.


"We have been very pleased with the news on this positive step. Turkey and Israel are very important partners of the EU and the healing of their relations is in the interest of whoever wants to see security and peace in the Middle East," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's spokesperson Michael Mann told the Turkish Anatolia news agency.




British PM in Passover greeting: 'observing a festival which is thousands of years old shows the enduring and positive strength of your faith in our world' 

LONDON/WASHINGTON (EJP) --- British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the Jewish community's "significant historic and continued contribution to life in the UK" in his official greetings to mark the Jewish festival of Passover Monday, as he said the input of its 300,000-strong Jewish community had "helped make Britain the richly diverse and inclusive place it is today".





Israel restarts monthly tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority  

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israel announced it would restart regular monthly tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority, days after US President Barack Obama called for confidence-building steps toward peace during his visit to Israel.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he had instructed Finance Minister Yair Lapid "to resume the transfers". A spokesman for Netanyahu said that meant regular monthly payments would be made from now on.



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Der Spiegel: Ex-Mossad agent Ben Zygier was arrested for 'serious crimes'

BERLIN (EJP)---Ex-Mossad agent Ben Zygier, who committed suicide in his prison cell in Israel in 2010, leaked sensitive information that led to the arrest of at least two Mossad informants spying on Hezbollah in Lebanon.


According to a report by German weekly Der Spiegel, Zygier worked for Israeli intelligence for five years before being arrested for "serious crimes" which have not yet been revealed.


An "internal inquiry", the contents of which were obtained by the Der Spiegel details the background for Zygier's arrest and subsequent suicide.

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Israel reopens Gaza border crossings 


JERUSALEM (EJP) --- Israel reopened its border crossings with Gaza after being forced to close them for reasons of safety following the launch of at least four rockets from Gaza onto southern Israel during the course of US President Barack Obama's visit to the Jewish State last week.






Jewish largest environmental organization to establish Balkan representation in Montenegro 

PODGORICA (EJP)---Keren Kayemet LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JFN), the largest and most renowned Jewish organisation in the area of environment in the world, plans to establish its representation for the Balkans in Montenegro and to start a broad and succesful cooperation with this country in a series of domains including agriculture, water and forest management, as a result of a two-day official visit of the organization's leadership in the capital, Podgorica.






 Leaked documents suggest Venezuelan authorities spying on the country's Jews 

CARACAS (EJP)---New documents obtained by a an Argentinian news website suggested that the Venezuelan secret services have been spying on the country's Jewish community amid fears staunch rivals the US and the Israel may use key contacts to destabilise the dictatorship in the wake of longtime authoritarian leader Hugo Chavez's death earlier this month.


According to the information published by Analisis24 and verified by independent experts in Buenos Aires, Carcas intelligence agencies have been closely monitoring and photographing the movements of Jewish community leaders and Rabbis.




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Slovakian leaders herald major contribution of Jews in the country's culture and heritage

BRUSSELS (EJP)---Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico emphasized the importance of preserving historical Jewish sites in his country, including synagogues and cemeteries, "as they are an integral part of the country's heritage", during a meeting with a delegation of the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) in Bratislava.






Gaza environmental concerns to dominate at first Euro-Mediterranean summit since Arab Spring

BRUSSELS/MARSEILLE (EJP)---European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced the first high-level meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) since 2011's Arab Spring will convene April 6 and 7 in Marseille, with environmental concerns in Gaza set to dominate the agenda.



Netanyahou : la normalisation des relations avec la Turquie motivée par la situation syrienne 

JERUSALEM/ANKARA (EJP)---Le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahou a indiqué samedi que sa décision de présenter ses excuses à la Turquie pour la mort de neuf Turcs lors de l'incident à bord du navire Mavi Marmara en 2010 par le besoin de normaliser les relations avec un allié régional pour contrer la menace potentielles émanant de la Syrie, pays secoué depuis deux ans par un conflit civil sans précédent.