Israel intelligence hits back over refuseniks' letter

Scores of veterans of elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defence Sunday after 43 comrades said they would no longer take part in its "injustices" against millions of Palestinians. The open letter, which was sent to Israel's political and military leadership last week, was one of the most high-profile expressions of conscientious objection in years. The signatories — reservists …

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Angela Merkel joins Berlin rally against antisemitism

Chancellor pledges to do all she can to fight abuse against Jews, claiming antisemitism is an attack 'against all of Germany' Germany will do all it can to fight antisemitism, Angela Merkel has said, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict. The chancellor made her pledge on Sunday to thousands at a landmark rally protesting …

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At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

By Erik Kirschbaum and Bethan John BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict. Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a rise in anti-Semitism that authorities and Jewish leaders blame …

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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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