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New YIVO Project Digitizes, Reunites Ransacked Pre-War Archive

Trove on Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia is going public.

09/29/2014
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Imagine 1,000 years of Jewish history at your fingertips.

The Vilna Project, a seven-year international project digitize YIVO’s pre-war archives, launched last week. Getty Images.
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Whose Genocide Trumps Whose?

At Canada’s new human rights museum, the Holocaust gets special treatment, and not everyone is happy about it.

09/24/2014
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Toronto — On the fourth floor of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visitors will find a gallery called “Examining the Holocaust,” which is devoted entirely to the story and lessons of the Shoah. On the same floor, in a smaller, adjacent space, a gallery called “Breaking the Silence” examines a cluster of five genocides officially recognized by the Canadian government: the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia; the Armenian and Rwandan genocides; the Holodomor, or the starvation of millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s; and, once again, the Holocaust.

Exterior of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, which opened lat week. Flick via JTA

Uman Fines Jewish Community For Pilgrims’ Unlicensed Tent City

09/24/2014
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Representatives of the Uman Jewish community in Ukraine paid the city approximately $15,000 in fines for erecting an unlicensed tent city for holiday pilgrims.

France’s National Front Gaining Among Jews With Tough Stance On Arab Anti-Semitism

09/24/2014
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From the window of his Paris home, Michel Ciardi can see into the waiting room of a government welfare agency where a predominantly Arab and African crowd awaits government checks.

Cantor To Be Deposed In Bank Of China Case

09/23/2014
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Washington — The plaintiffs in a terrorism money-laundering case against the Bank of China can subpoena former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a federal court ruled.

Israeli NGO Sends Team to Sierra Leone To Help Combat Ebola

09/22/2014
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Jerusalem — The Israeli nongovernmental relief organization IsraAID is sending medical professionals to Sierra Leone to help patients who have tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus.

Marokkaan, Jood, Homo, Hoer: Dutch Kids' Top Slurs

09/22/2014
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Homo, hoer, Marokkaan and Jood are the most commonly heard slurs on Dutch playgrounds, according to Dutch News, quoting a recent research study by the Dutch academy of media and society.

2 Iranians With Fake Israeli Passports Nabbed In Kenya

09/19/2014
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Kenyan authorities reportedly arrested two Iranians in Nairobi who tried to reach Israel using fake Israeli passports.

Ahead Of Historic Vote, Many Scottish Jews Wary Of Independence

09/18/2014
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Bright blue signs scream “Yes” while red ones urge “No, thanks” in the streets of Scotland’s largest city just days before a vote on whether to secede from the United Kingdom.

Joe Goldblatt, a Texan who gained Scottish citizenship in July, campaigning for Scottish independence in the Glasgow.

German On Trial For ISIS Ties Played For Jewish Soccer Team

09/17/2014
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A German man on trial for being a member of the jihadist group ISIS once played for a Jewish soccer club.

Kreshnik Berisha, 20, went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, The Associated Press reported. Berisha is alleged to have traveled to Syria, where he fought with ISIS for five months before returning to Germany.

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