Police hunt Brussels Jewish Museum gunman, France tightens security

* Three killed in museum attack, fourth seriously injured * Anti-Semitism not ruled out as a motive * France tightens security after Paris assault (Updates with condition of fourth victim, Netanyahu statement) By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS, May 25 (Reuters) – Belgian police on Sunday were hunting a gunman who shot dead two Israelis and a French woman at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in an …

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Spain's 'Kill Jews Fort' villagers vote in favor of name change

The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios, or "Kill Jews Fort" in English, on Sunday voted in favor of changing its name, Spanish media reported, as it cast off a vestige of Roman Catholic religious persecution from over 400 years ago. The campaign to rebaptize the village, led by mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez, had thrust its 56 mostly elderly inhabitants into the media spotlight in recent …

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Israel hate crimes 'poison atmosphere' for pope visit

Haifa (Israel) (AFP) – The head of the Roman Catholic church in the Holy Land said Sunday that Israeli hate crimes against local Muslims and Christians are souring relations ahead of a papal visit. \"The unrestrained acts of vandalism poison the atmosphere — the atmosphere of co-existence and the atmosphere of collaboration, especially in these two weeks prior to the visit of Pope Francis …

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Palestinians to seek membership of international bodies

The Palestine Liberation Organisation's central council on Sunday adopted a plan to pursue attempts to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements. The council, under the auspices of president Mahmud Abbas, "affirms the need for the Palestinian leadership to continue membership of UN agencies and international conventions", the Palestine People's Party secretary general Bassam al …

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PLO leader: Holocaust a heinous crime

By Ben Brumfield and Josh Levs, CNN

updated 10:49 AM EDT, Sun April 27, 2014

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(CNN) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust the most heinous crime in modern human history, his office said in a statement Sunday.

He called the Holocaust an embodiment of racism, in response to a question by Rabbi Marc Schneier on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the statement from the Palestine Liberation Organization said. He said Palestinians reject racism and ethnic discrimination, and he called on the world to fight it.

“The Palestinian people, who suffer from injustice, oppression and denied freedom and peace, are the first to demand to lift the injustice and racism that befell other peoples subjected to such crimes,” the statement read.

The PLO called on Israel to “conclude a just and comprehensive peace in the region, based on the two states vision.”

Monday is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ceremonies begin after sundown Sunday.

In his 1983 doctoral dissertation, Abbas wrote of “the Zionist fantasy, the fantastic lie that six million Jews were killed” and said only 890,000 Jews were killed by Nazis — and that these were chiefly the victims of a Zionist-Nazi plot, the Jerusalem Post reported Sunday. But in 2011, he said he did “not deny the Holocaust” and that he had “heard from the Israelis that there were six million” victims, adding, “I can accept that,” The New York Times reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he was struggling to reconcile Abbas’ remarks on the Holocaust with the decision by his Fatah movement last week to seek a unity government with Hamas.

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Jews hail new papal saints who revolutionized ties with Catholics

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be made saints on Sunday, did so much to end two millennia of Catholic anti-Semitism that a Jewish human rights group calls them "heroes to the Jewish people". Both pontiffs marked the world's largest church in such varied ways that most Roman Catholics would probably list their pioneering respect …

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Suspect in Jewish center shootings 'entrenched in the hate movement' (w/ video)

Frazier Glenn Miller

Police say Frazier Glenn Miller killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, and an unidentified woman in the parking lot of the nearby Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (KCTV)

(CNN) — Last week, the Anti-Defamation League issued a warning: The Passover holiday was coming up Monday. So was Adolf Hitler’s birthday next Sunday — two events that could coincide with the increased possibility of violent attacks against Jewish community centers.

On Sunday, that dire prediction came true.

A 73-year-old Missouri man with a long resume of anti-Semitism and white supremacist activism is accused of opening fire outside two Jewish centers in the Kansas City area. Police say Frazier Glenn Cross killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, and an unidentified woman in the parking lot of the nearby Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood.

While authorities haven’t disclosed any suspected motive, Cross — who also goes by Frazier Glenn Miller — has been active in the white supremacy movement since the 1970s. But after cooperating with federal authorities following an arrest in the mid-1980s, he became an outcast among much of that community, the ADL said.

The group described Cross — referring to him by his pseudonym of Miller — as “a perennial but peripheral figure” in the movement in recent years. Attempts at launching white supremacist publications flopped, and the votes he received in a 2010 write-in bid for U.S. Senate failed to break the double-digit mark.

Sunday’s attacks come at a time when anti-Semitic incidents in the United States are at their lowest level in decades. In an audit released this month, the ADL reported 751 incidents in 2013, down 19% from the previous year.

But while the number of total incidents dropped, there was a significant increase in violent anti-Semitic assaults in 2013. The ADL audit recorded 31 anti-Semitic assaults on Jewish people or those perceived as Jewish in 2013, up from 17 in 2012.

“The high number of violent in-your-face assaults,” said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, “is a sobering reminder that, despite the overall decline in anti-Semitic incidents, there is still a subset of Americans who are deeply infected with anti-Semitism and who feel emboldened enough to act out their bigotry.”

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President Obama On Kansas City Jewish Shooting: ‘Anti-Semitism Can Lead to Hatred and Violence’ – Video




President Obama On Kansas City Jewish Shooting: 'Anti-Semitism Can Lead to Hatred and Violence'
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