When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first questioned whether the Holocaust had taken place, in a speech last December, much of the Arab world (convinced that Israel exploits the tragedy to compel international support) cheered.
But in the pages of the London-based, Saudi-owned Arab daily, Al Hayat, senior columnist Hazem Saghiyeh once again assumed the mantle of a lonely Cassandra.
American Jews and their allies ramped up a campaign this week against a British union promoting an academic boycott of Israel aimed at pressuring it to end its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza — even as some British Jews said the union’s drive was going nowhere.
Marking its 10th anniversary as an annual event in the United Kingdom, Holocaust Memorial Day was commemorated as usual with prayers, solemn ceremonies and candle-lightings.
And, at one London synagogue, a glimpse at part of pre-Holocaust Jewish life in Europe.
Chanukah 5769 is one for the books — the Guinness Book of World Records.
Around the world this week, several Jewish communities vied to establish various records – largest menorah, largest crowd, largest number of menorahs concurrently lit – at their public celebrations of the Holiday of Lights.
After you've visited Prague on the eve of World War II and seen hundreds of Jewish children in decrepit refugee camps and decided you want to help them and returned to London, and lobbied with the British government to allow them into the country and found foster homes for them, and convinced parents back in Czechoslovakia to let their children leave and brought nearly 700 youngsters to safety, what do you tell your family about the experience?
If you're Nicholas Winton, you don't tell them anything.
Amir Hadad wasn't courting symbolism.
Hadad, a 24-year-old-professional tennis player from Israel, tells The Jewish Week he became the partner of Pakistan's Aisam ul-Haq Qureshi in time for doubles play at the Wimbledon tournament in London in July for financial reasons.
"We just wanted to make some money," says Hadad, who lost his singles match in the qualifying round of the U.S. Open that began this week in Flushing, Queens, and was to be teamed again with Qureshi in doubles. They made it to the third round at Wimbledon.
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Dan Alon can give two reasons why for 34 years he never spoke about the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich, where 11 members of the Israeli delegation were killed by Palestinian terrorists, where he was an athlete on the Israeli team, where he was among five Israelis who escaped by jumping to safety off a balcony in the Olympic Village.
First, no one asked.
"Nobody was interested in what happened to us, the survivors," he said. "The media was concerned about the people who died, about the terrorists, about the Mossad."
It was quiet this week in Piazza della Repubblica.
In the streets around Republic Square, the center of the growing Arab neighborhood in this city playing host to the Winter Olympics for two weeks, commerce reigned. In the winding alleys, in the warrens of an open-air market, in front of halal food stores and Arabic travel agencies, flocks of bundled-up tourists, some wearing distinctive blue-and-white Israeli warmup jackets, vied for space with TV crews.
No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesDuring the reign of King Hussein, Jordanian currency would be printed with an empty space next to the image of a prominent site or prominent citizen. Hold the dinar up to a light, and a faint picture of the king would appear.
The Jewish connection to the Olympic Games is as old as the modern Olympics movement. Unfortunately, some of the connections are tragic, like the murder of 11 members of Israel’s team at the Munich Games in 1972.
Last week The Jewish Week looked at some largely unknown parts of Olympic Jewish history. This week, the Olympics and the Holocaust.