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Crossing Over Categories: Europe, International Jewry, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

After almost six decades of exclusion and discrimination, it looks like Israel's ambulance service and humanitarian organisation, the Magen David Adom (MDA), meaning Red Star of David, will finally be able to join the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Smoke Signals Categories: Australasia, Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon     Author: Jeremy Jones

Night after night, we have witnessed shocking scenes of violence and wanton vandalism in French cities. Hundreds upon hundreds of vehicles set on fire, institutions such as libraries and gymnasiums attacked and destroyed, urban populations afraid to venture out into the streets.

Killing Fields Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Islamic Extremism     Author: Jeremy Jones

To Jewish people, Kishinev, the capital of the modern, post-Soviet Republic of Moldova, will forever be linked with the horrific events of just over a century ago. In a nearby town, a Christian child'?s murderers, relatives of the victim, claimed that Jews had performed the evil deed as part of ritu

Fighting Faiths Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: External author

If there is one thing that everybody knows about the Crusades, it is that they were a Bad Thing. Even in the eyes of most Christians, let alone others, the Crusades were a crime against humanity, one for which apologies are due, especially to Muslims.

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Native Sons Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: External author

The July suicide bombings in London Ã?Â? some or all of whose perpetrators were Muslims born and reared in Britain Ã?Â? are likely to produce in the United Kingdom the same intellectual reflection on Muslim identity in Europe that is already underway in nearby countries. The French began this reflec

Last Chance for Justice Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry     Author: Leon Kofmansky

Over sixty years after the murder of Jewish teenager Peter Balazs in Budapest, the last of the accused has finally been arrested. If Australian courts find a Hungarian extradition request in order, Perth resident Charles Zentai will stand in the dock, accused of committing the murder along with two

Blind Spot Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon     Author: External author

The responses of senior British officials following the London bombings last week are highly revealing. They contain within them clues to a decades-long failure of political judgment. This failure allowed the forces which produced the bombing to grow and proliferate on British soil, freely, under th

Hamas Delusion Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: External author

The wishful thinking that has long characterised European diplomacy in the Middle East has made one of its periodic ocean crossings and regained a foothold in Washington. Reflecting their eagerness to see "progress" in relations between Palestinians and Israelis, some American officials have adopted

Cordoba Days Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, International Jewry, Islamic Extremism     Author: Jeremy Jones

During Soviet times, the story was told of a young man who opted to become a futurologist rather than meet his family'?s expectations of becoming a historian. His argument was that, under Communism, it was not too hard to predict the future but it was almost impossible to predict the past.

Old Wine, New Bottles Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: External author

I find it shameful that in France, the France of "Liberty, equality, fraternity," synagogues are torched, Jews are terrorised, and their cemeteries profaned ... that in Holland and Germany and Denmark youngsters show off the kaffiyeh like the vanguard of Mussolini displayed the stick and Fascist emb

Remembrance Categories: Australasia, Europe, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

When plans were underway for the first visit to Australia by Pope John Paul II, in 1986, the Vatican made an unprecedented offer to the Australian Jewish community. During the Sydney leg of the visit, time would be specifically allocated for dialogue between the Executive Council of Australian Jewr

60 years on Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

In the last week in January, the Australian media gave considerable coverage to the Shoah, the Nazi Genocide, as the world marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops.

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