EJC Weekly News collection
Holocaust Memorial Day : a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring the heroism of Jews who saved their brethren 

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF), the largest Jewish environmental organisation in the world, and the B'nai B'rith World Center will hold Monday a ceremony in Jerusalem in honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, with a special mention for the heroism of Jews who saved their brethren during the Holocaust.



The ceremony will take place in Martyrs Forest in the Jerusalem Hills, will involve schoolchildren, students, soldiers, and Holocaust survivors and their families.





European Jewish leader calls upon the EU to stop the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe as shown in new survey 

BRUSSELS/TEL AVIV (EJP)---European Jewish Association (EJA) Director General, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, called upon EU leaders to strengthen Europe's fight against anti-Semitism after a survey released on Sunday by the Center For the Study of Contemporary European Jewry showed that vandalism against Jews has increased by 30 percent last year.


"The findings of the survey are staggering" said Rabbi Margolin. "The EU efforts should focus not only on specific anti -Semitic incidents as horrific as they are, but rather on the increasing legitimacy hate groups are receiving from the European public and the rise of extreme-right wing parties throughout the continent," he added.




 Talks on Iran's nuclear programme in Almaty fail again 


BRUSSELS/ALMATY (EJP)---Iran and six world powers (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), who met in Almaty, capital of Kazakhstan, failed to reach agreement Saturday on how to address the international community's fears that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make weapons.


"Over two days of talks, we had long and intensive discussions on the issues addressed in our confidence-building proposal put forward during the last round of talks with Iran in Almaty on 26-27 February. It became clear that the positions of the E3+3 and Iran remain far apart on the substance," said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who convened the meeting.



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Kerry to return to Jerusalem and Ramallah to 'support the parties in getting back to the table'

WASHINGTON (EJP) --- US Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East next week for his second visit in a matter of weeks as he attempts to use "personal diplomacy" to bring the Israelis and Palestinians closer to resuming peace talks, confirmed department spokesman Victoria Nuland Wednesday.


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Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day on Sunday at Yad Vashem 


JERUSALEM (EJP)--- The official opening ceremony for the annual Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem will take place on Sunday with as central theme "Defiance and Rebellion during the Holocaust: 70 Years Since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising."  


Israel's President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak. Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, will kindle the Memorial Torch.







Gaza rockets hit Southern Israel following Israel's first strike on the Strip since November ceasefire 

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Palestinians fired two rockets at Southern Israel Wednesday in response to Israel's first incursions into the Gaza Strip since November overnight Tuesday targeting "two extensive terror sites" in the northern strip in response to a third launch of fire from Gaza at Israel in violation of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire which ended hostilities late last year.


Reports claimed the two latest rocket attacks both landed in open areas close to the town of Sderot, which was similarly a target of fire from Gaza during US President Barack Obama's visit to the Jewish State earlier this month.






 Israel begins natural gas production at Tamar field 

JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israel has begun pumping its first offshore natural gas in the Mediterranean Sea,

the Energy and Water Ministry announced.  



The move is aimed at fulfilling Israel's domestic needs for the next couple of decades and to

transform the country's energy security in coming years.  



Gas from the Tamar field, the smaller of Israel's two biggest offshore reservoirs, began to flow at 4pm on Saturday, the ministry said.




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EU concerned by spiralling Syrian violence as it condemns latest 'indiscriminate' attack on Damascus University students

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (EJP) ---EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressed her "deep shock" Saturday at confirmed reports of a mortar attack Thursday on Damascus University in the besieged Syrian capital that claimed the lives of at least 15 students.  


Condemning the "ruthless act in the strongest terms", she insisted the latest fatal attack served as "an example of the spiralling violence not shying away from indiscriminate murder of innocent civilians, such as students in this case, which cannot be tolerated".





France ready to add Hezbollah on the EU list of terror groups ?

PARIS/SOFIA (EJP)--- France is ready to add Hezbollah's military wing to the European Union's list of terror organizations, according to Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat published in London.  


According to the paper,French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius informed US Secretary of State John Kerry of the decision, during a recent meeting.    


France has until now resisted calls from the US, Britain, Bulgaria, and Israel to blacklist the group, reportedly over fears that Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group, would target French peacekeepers stationed in southern Lebanon.






Les jeunes musulmans sept fois plus antisémites que les non-musulmans en Belgique, selon une étude 
BRUXELLES (EJP)---L'antisémitisme est sept fois plus présent chez les jeunes musulmans que dans la moyenne de la population adolescente en Belgique, selon, une étude réalisée par le gouvernement flamand.

Les réponses figurant dans 4000 questionnaires distribués dans des lycées d'Anvers et de Gand, les deux villes les plus importantes de Flandre, montrent que parmi les jeunes musulmans interrogés 51% des répondants affirment être d'accord avec l'affirmation selon laquelle " les juifs fomentent les guerres et accusent les autres d'en être responsables" contre 7% dans la population générale de l'enquête. 

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