International

Partial Victory in New Zealand in Fight Over Shechitah Ban

11/30/2010
JTA

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- A controversial ban on kosher slaughter by New Zealand's agriculture minister has been partially reversed amid allegations that his decision was taken to appease Muslim countries that have lucrative trade relations with New Zealand.

The reversal marked only a partial victory for the Jewish community: While the ban on kosher slaughter of poultry was suspended and a deal on kosher lamb is still being negotiated, the ban on beef is expected to remain in place. That means kosher beef will have to be imported from Australia.

Iran Accuses Israel of Attacks on Scientists

11/29/2010

(JTA) -- Iran has accused Israel of attacks on two of the country's nuclear scientists.

One Iranian senior nuclear scientist was killed and another injured Monday in two separate attacks in Tehran. The government of Iran immediately blamed the CIA and the Mossad for the bombing attacks, which reportedly were carried out by men on motorcycles.

Iranian state television blamed "Zionist agents," according to reports.

German Jews Elect First Leader Born After Holocaust

11/28/2010

BERLIN (JTA) -- For the first time, Jews in Germany have elected a representative, Dieter Graumann, born after the Holocaust.

The board of the Central Council of Jews in Germany unanimously elected Graumann, 60, to head the 60-year-old organization, at its meeting Sunday in Frankfurt.

Graumann, born to Holocaust survivors in Israel, succeeds Munich native Charlotte Knobloch, 78, who decided not to run again after four years in office.

U.S. Briefed Israel Before WikiLeaks Documents Release

11/28/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel was briefed by the United States about classified files that were later released by WikiLeaks.

The United States briefed several of its allies on the documents over the weekend. Israel already had been told by the U.S. last week that it could be mentioned in the release of classified U.S. documents.

The WikiLeaks website publishes classified documents from anonymous sources and leaks. It released about 250,000 secret diplomatic cables on Sunday.

Canada to Boycott Durban III

11/28/2010

TORONTO (JTA)-- Canada is boycotting the third U.N. "Durban conference" against racism, citing the charged anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric at its predecessors.

The conference is slated to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 meeting in South Africa aimed at defeating xenophobia and racism. Canada and several other countries walked out of that meeting after Iran and several other countries engaged in Israel-bashing.

Agreement Allows NZ Kosher Slaughter of Poultry

11/26/2010
JTA

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – New Zealand’s Jewish community has won an 11th-hour agreement from the government to allow the kosher slaughter of poultry.

Lawyers acting for the community were due to begin a legal battle Monday against the government’s controversial ban on shechita in the High Court in Wellington.

Israel to Open Permanent Trauma Center in Haiti

11/26/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has sent 200,000 doses of medication against cholera to Haiti and will set up a permanent trauma and emergency center there.

IsraAID - the Israel Aid Agency sent an entire field hospital and medical personnel to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of January's devastating earthquake, which left more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands injured. Israeli police also joined the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, to keep order in the area.

Three Charged in Auschwitz Sign Theft

11/26/2010

(JTA) -- Polish prosecutors charged a Swedish man and two Polish men in the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from the front gate of Auschwitz.

The Swede, Anders Hogstrom, a neo-Nazi leader who allegedly organized the theft as a middleman between a neo-Nazi buyer and five Polish thieves, reportedly struck a plea bargain with Polish prosecutors on Thursday. Under the terms of the deal, Hogstrum will serve 32 months in jail in his native Sweden, the French news service AFP reported Thursday.

Zionism Pushing Jews, Muslims Further Apart

In post-apartheid South Africa,
Jewish community under siege politically if not physically.

11/23/2010
Staff Writer

Cape Town — A few blocks from the craggy Atlantic shore, where early-morning joggers and strollers share a curving promenade, the minyan regulars head to Shacharit services in the synagogues and yeshivot of the Sea Point neighborhood, the heart of the city’s Jewish community.

Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap neighborhood,Left, a Palestinian flag flies over a mosque in Bo-Kaap.

OU Condemns PA Study of Western Wall

11/23/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Orthodox Union has condemned a Palestinian Authority study that says the Western Wall was never a part of the Temple Mount complex.

"This official government propaganda is contemptible, historically false and runs afoul of efforts to achieve peace with the State of Israel," the OU's director of public policy, Nathan Diament, said in a statement Tuesday. "Coming from an official arm of the Palestinian Authority, it is nothing other than official incitement,"

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