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“We Remember:” Israel Marks International Holocaust Memorial Day

Friday, 27 January 2017 | Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day that transcends borders and religions as the world remembers the terrible genocide during which an estimated 6 million Jewish men, women and children were murdered. On 27 January 1945, Russian forces reached the ‪Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp and opened the

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A Memoir of Miracles: The Joseph and Rebecca Bau Story

A petite, Israeli woman named Clila Bau-Cohen is telling us the story of her parents, Joseph and Rebecca Bau. Her accented English is animated and frequently tinged with delight as her parents’ story unfolds. This is a love story—with all the joy and optimism that embodies true love. But the romance between Joseph and Rebecca

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Reported Threats to American Jewish Institutions

Friday, 13 January 2017 | The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed deep concern about reports of bomb threats at several Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) across the United States today, and has been working closely with the Jewish community and law enforcement to respond. Bomb threats were reported in Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, Maryland, South Carolina, and

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New Initiative to Address Anti-Semitism in Europe

Friday, 7 October 2016 | The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the launch of a new initiative to address anti-Semitism in the 57 European and Eurasian countries that comprise the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The three-year initiative, entitled “Words into Action to Address Anti-Semitism” is sponsored by the government of Germany,

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Support for BDS Movement Still Strong in Europe

Friday, 30 September 2016 | New York Senator Chuck Schumer has criticized efforts to delegitimize and boycott Israel, slamming the BDS movement as “a modern form of anti-Semitism…Those who call for boycotts of Israel… are practicing whether they know it or not – a modern form of anti-Semitism,” Schumer told the Israeli American Council’s 2016

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The Lie of Occupation

In May of 2015, South Carolina became the first state in America to adopt modernized legislation regulating against the problem of commercial discrimination and boycotts of Israel. The bill passed unanimously, and was the result of nearly two years of legal research, policy development and educational resourcing by the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) and its

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BDS–Changing the Narrative

April 1, 1933 is one of those dates that is permanently etched in the memory of the Jewish people. It was on that date that the Nazis carried out their first nationwide planned action against the Jews in Germany. That action was to boycott Jewish businesses. Nazi spokespersons were clear this was an act of

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God Answers Prayer

  Friday, 26 August 2016 | For a number of years the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) movement was like a pesky fly buzzing about the heads of Israeli politicians… irritating but certainly not life-threatening. But, as the movement grew and garnered global support, that perception began to change. Gradually it became apparent that if

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To Kippah or NOT to Kippah

“Cover your head in order that the fear of heaven may be upon you” (Shabbat 156b). In the religiously, culturally and ethnically diverse regions of the Jewish Diaspora (the Jewish population outside Israel), kippot (plural of kippah) are often worn simply as outward symbols of Jewishness. On the other hand, Jewish sages teach that the

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31 Countries Adopt New Definition of Anti-Semitism

Thirty one countries voted to adopt a new working definition of anti-Semitism, a move hailed by human rights activists as an important milestone in countering hatred. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance [IHRA]—an intergovernmental group comprised of 31 nations—adopted a definition based on the 2005 European Monitoring Centre (EUMC) Working Definition, which describes anti-Semitism as “a

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