IDF, US Navy surprise Shoah survivor as independence, Dachau liberation coincide

Today is Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel's Independence Day. Please click on the article below to watch a heartwarming 3 minute video, in which the Israel Defense Forces and US Navy bands surprised an Israeli Holocaust survivor in a first ever joint social media project. To mark both Israel’s 72nd Independence Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, the joint band played Israel’s national anthem, Hatikva, for a survivor of Dachau. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, center, his wife Karen, second from left, and his daughter Charlotte, left, are led by Holocaust survivor Abba Naor, right, as they visit the former Nazi concentration camp in Dachau near Munich, south

Israel Mourns 23,816 Fallen on Yom HaZikaron

Israel observes Yom HaZikaron, the annual Remembrance Day, from the evening of Monday, 4/27, through Tuesday, 4/28, during which time it mourns its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. This year, the observance is held, for the first time, without visitors at military cemeteries across the country due to restrictions in place during the coronavirus pandemic. The Defense Ministry’s Families and Commemoration Department said that in the past year, 42 people have been recognized as fallen soldiers. In addition, 33 wounded Israel Defense Forces’ veterans have died as a result of their injuries. A siren blared out across Israel at 8 p.m. on Monday evening, and a second siren will sound at 1

Number of Jews worldwide nears 1925’s level, but still far short of pre-WWII

Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Monday evening, the Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday released data on the number of Jews worldwide. According to the CBS, there were 14.7 million Jews at the end of 2018, just shy of the 14.8 million there were in 1925 but still significantly fewer than the 16.6 million there were on the eve of World War II in 1939, and the Holocaust in which six million Jews were systematically murdered. The 6.7 million Jews in Israel accounted for 45 percent of the world population. Of them, 5.2 million were born in Israel while the majority of the rest, 1 million, were born either in Europe or on the American continent.

Amid Covid-19 Crisis, Israel to Establish Digital Health Tech Innovation Lab

CTech – The Israel Innovation Authority is spearheading the formation of a new tech innovation lab to promote investments in the field of digital health with an emphasis on pharmatech and artificial intelligence. The government’s tech investment arm issued a call for proposals on Sunday, inviting companies to submit a proposal and join a competitive process to establish and operate the lab that aims to help Israel in the diagnosis and treatment of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and is funded to the tune of NIS 32 million (approximately $9 million). “The current health challenges that have only intensified as a result of the recent crisis are a clear indication of a growing global need t

The Eichmann Files

In the famous trial of Adolf Eichmann, who headed the Gestapo Department for Jewish Affairs, 1,506 documents were filed by the court as "smoking guns" against Eichmann. They show how he insisted on reaching every single Jew, how he tried to cover up the extermination by using the phrase "special treatment," how he fumed that in his opinion, there were too few Jews on the death trains. And how he personally ensured that children were also sent to Auschwitz. Sixty years after Eichmann's capture, the evidence used against him is revealed: Thousands of telegrams and transcripts prove how his monstrous policy was implemented, how he tried to cover up the annihilation, how he raged when the monthl

100 Years Since the San Remo Conference

In April, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of when Jewish historic rights to the land of Israel became Jewish legal rights! The San Remo Conference, convened in Italy from April 19 until April 26, 1920, converted the Balfour Declaration of 1917 into a binding international treaty, setting the stage for the League of Nations Mandate, which was approved in 1922. The foundation of Jewish legal rights established through San Remo were preserved in Article 80 of the UN Charter in 1945. In April 2020, the Jewish people will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference, convened in Italy from April 19 until April 26, 1920, in the aftermath of the First World War. British

Minnesota high school students mock Jews being sent to Auschwitz in TikTok video

(JTA) — Two Minnesota high school students were criticized for sharing a video titled “Me and the boys on the way to camp,” which photoshops them dancing in a Nazi boxcar and happily skipping into Auschwitz, on the video social media platform TikTok. The video contains humorous music whose lyrics include “Tell everybody I’m on my way.” In response, the two boys shown in the video — posted by a high school student from Nicollet High School in Nicollet, Minnesota — were assigned a research paper titled “Hitler’s Final Solution at Auschwitz.” The incident was first reported by TC Jewfolk. Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, sa

In the age of corona, antisemitism is on the rise around the world

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The coronavirus crisis is stirring anti-Semitism around the world, fuelled by centuries-old lies that Jews are spreading infection, researchers in Israel said on Monday. The findings, in the annual report on Anti-Semitism Worldwide by the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University, showed an 18% rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2019 over the previous year. In the first few months of 2020, far-right politicians in the United States and Europe and ultra-conservative pastors have seized upon the health crisis and its resulting economic hardship to foster hatred against Jews, the researchers said. “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant rise i

March of the Living launches Virtual Holocaust Remembrance Initiative

The 2020 March was postponed due to COVID-19 but Holocaust Remembrance continues with Virtual Plaques dedicated and placed on infamous Birkenau train tracks “This year, for the first time in 32 years, we are not able to march in Auschwitz-Birkenau,” says Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, world chair of the March of the Living, “but that will not stop us. We will continue to educate the next generation with the values we have been teaching for three decades.” Due to the Coronavirus world pandemic, the 2020 March of the Living will not take place on Holocaust Remembrance Day, but the organization remains committed to advancing the educational message of the March despite the cancellation of this year’s ma

As corona pandemic spreads, so do anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

World Zionist Organization official: Phenomenon of accusing the Jews of creating epidemics and diseases is not new. We will continue to fight anti-Semitism and we will prevail. Anti-Semitic stickers were discovered in a Hamburg subway car this week, comparing state measures against people diagnosed with the coronavirus with the Nazi extermination policy. The stickers, found in a subway car between Barmbek and St. Pauli, were attached to the windows. One of the two stickers consisted of a yellow heart with the text "I CORONA". The second, in the shape of a yellow Star of David, read "Coronavirus!!" with the symbol for biohazard in its middle. Read more

Jew-Baiting is Not a Lenten Sacrifice

For Christians, Lent is supposed to be a time of self-reflection, compunction, and repentance, but that’s not how it’s turning out for Christians who seem to be having a tough time dealing with the stress caused by the COVID-19 crisis afflicting humanity. Instead of putting their faith in God’s providence and interpreting their suffering through the lens of Christ’s time in the desert, these Christians are using the current crisis as an opportunity to promote hatred of the Jews. Italian painter Giovanni Gasparro provided the most egregious example of this phenomenon on March 25, 2020, when he posted a photograph of a recent painting of his titled “The Martyrdom of St. Simon of Trento in Acco

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