Tag Archive for Jewish World

By foot from Ethiopia via Sudan, Vered is inspired by parents’ sacrifice

Incredible story of sacrifice and the inspiration of a child, Vered Achihon, now 39, who walked to Israel with her parents from Ethiopia via Sudan, on a perilous journey spanning months.
– Today, Vered oversees the assimilation of new immigrants to Israel from 80 countries.

By Koby Lieberman


Thirty-five years ago, Vered Achihon made an exhausting journey. Along with her parents and five brothers, she left Ethiopia, passed through Sudan on foot, and arrived in Israel. Today, as the Director of Social Integration for all residents of Jewish Agency Absorption Centers, she shares her story with them and models the values that lead to smoother absorption into Israeli society. Continue Reading »

Survey: 40% of British Jews considering emigration over rampant anti-Semitism

A poll conducted by the U.K.’s Campaign against Anti-Semitism finds 90% of the British Jewish community believe Labour Party is inherently anti-Semitic.
• European Jewish ‎Association ‎appeals to EU political parties to classify ‎BDS movements as anti-Semitic‎.

By Dan Lavie


A new survey has found that British Jews are growing ‎increasingly concerned over anti-Semitism in the ‎country. ‎

According to data presented by Gideon Falter, ‎chairman of the Campaign against Anti-Semitism NGO, ‎‎90% of British Jews believe the Labour Party is ‎anti-Semitic and 40% are considering leaving the U.K. ‎over the rise in anti-Semitism.‎

Jeremy Corbyn seen here leading a pro-Gaza/Hamas demonstration in the summer of 2014 also later attended a ceremony at the grave of a terrorist behind the Munich Olympics massacre.-

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Tunisia’s PM Appoints Jewish Minister of Tourism

Appointed by the Tunisian Prime Minister, the new tourism minister Roni Trabelsi, will be the second Jewish minister to have ever served in the predominantly Muslim country, after Nessim Samama, who served as the finance minister to the King of Tunis in 1860.

By Daniel Salami


Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed announced 13 new appointments in his Cabinet on Monday, including several ministers. The new tourism minister is Roni Trabelsi, a Jewish man who reportedly lives in France but also holds Tunisian citizenship.

Trabelsi is a prominent and successful businessman in Tunisia, dealing mostly with tourism. He owns the Royal First Travel agency. Continue Reading »

Poll: A third of British Jews ponders leaving the UK

In their Multiyear survey, the Campaign Against anti-Semitism found 31% of British Jews consider leaving the UK over fear of anti-Semitism.

  • 17% of Jewish UK citizens say they feel unwelcome in Britain.
  • 37% polled feel they need to hide their Jewishness in public.
  • 65% of British Jews say gov’t doesn’t do enough to keep them safe.
  • 80% say the Labour Party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism.

By Ynet


Nearly one-third of British Jews have considered leaving the country in the last two years over fear of anti-Semitism, according to a poll by YouGov for the Campaign Against anti-Semitism (CAA), which was published on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Belgian Animal Welfare Minister Calls For Complete Ban on Ritual Slaughter


Belgian cabinet minister Ben Weyts, once again calls for ban on Shechita in the country.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Belgian cabinet minister and animal welfare minister Ben Weyts on Tuesday called for a complete ban on the ritual slaughter of animals.

Ben Weyts – Photo: Reuters

The decision will have a huge impact on the Muslim and Orthodox Jewish communities, for whom shechita (ritual slaughter) is an integral component of religious life.

Weyts, who is a member of the ruling center-right party New Flemish Alliance, cited resistance by Muslims to a compromise on ritual slaughter of animals: “Organizations within the Muslim community are just not open to any sort of compromise,” he said. Continue Reading »

Spanish Town Officially Changes Name After 400 Years From ‘Camp Kill Jews’ to ‘Jews’ Hill’


Hundreds of years after the Spanish Inquisition, a Spanish town formerly known as Castillo Matajudíos, which translates to Camp Kill Jews, was renamed to Castillo Mota de Judíos, or Jews’ Hill Camp.

By Eli Leon & Israel Hayom Staff


Israeli Ambassador to Spain Daniel Kutner took part on Friday in a name-changing ceremony for an ancient Spanish town that did away with an old anti-Semitic name.

Changing signs at the renaming ceremony – Photo: AFP

The town, formerly Castrillo Matajudíos, which translates to Camp Kill Jews, was renamed as Castrillo Mota de Judíos, or Jews’ Hill Camp.

Historical records indicate that Jews’ Hill Camp was actually the town’s original name, which was changed to Camp Kill Jews in 1627, 135 years after Jews were ordered to convert to Catholicism or flee the country in the 1492 Spanish Inquisition. Continue Reading »

Israeli bioengineers developing 1st lab-grown chicken

By i24news


Israeli researchers are in the process of developing the first ever lab-grown chicken, just a few short years after the first lab-grown hamburger was debuted.

Chicken – Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP

The research is being funded by the Modern Agricultural Foundation, a non-profit “working to promote research in the field of cultured meat.”

The foundation’s co-founder, Shir Friedman says she hopes that by the end of 2015, there will be a recipe for how to “culture chicken cells.”


“In the not so distant future we will look back at how we used to raise cows and chickens and put so much effort into getting a small piece of meat,” said Friedman. Continue Reading »

Following Spain’s moral conscience, Portugal grants citizenship to descendants of exiled Jews


Like Spain, Portugal says its sole reason for granting citizenship to descendants of its expelled Sephardi Jews, is to right a historic wrong.
• A local Jewish leader says, “We regard this as an act of justice.

By Erez Linn, The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


Five centuries after it burned thousands of Jews at the stake, forced thousands of others to convert to Christianity and expelled the rest, Portugal is granting citizenship rights to their descendants as part of an attempt to make amends.
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France Honors Muslim Who Saved Jews in Terrorist Attack With French Nationality

An official ceremony will be held on Jan 20, giving Lassana Bathily his French passport for his bravery during the hostage taking in the Hyper Casher market.

By Reuters


A Malian Muslim who hid shoppers from an Islamist gunman during an attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris will be given French nationality, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Lassana Bathily – Photo: Le Parisien

After the gunman had already killed people during a hostage taking in the store on Friday, 24-year old shop attendant Lassana Bathily hid several people.

Bathily saved the lives of six people whom he took to the supermarket’s freezer – sparing them from the scarring scene that was underway. Continue Reading »

British Survey: Most UK Jews feel they have no future in Europe

UK poll finds a quarter of Britain’s Jews have considered leaving the country in the past 2 years.
• Additionally, 45% of all Brits agree with at least 1 anti-Semitic sentiment.
• Most French Jews are weighing pros & cons of immigration to Israel.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


A quarter of Jews in Britain have considered leaving the country in the last two years and well over half feel they have no long term future in Europe, according to a survey published on Wednesday.
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Bennett: Paris victims’ families won’t be burdened with costs of plots & funeral


After Jewish burial association planned to charge Paris Jewry 40,000 shekels per burial plot and 10,000 per funeral for each victim of the kosher market terror attack, Minister Naftali Bennett decided Israel would cover the costs.

By Akiva Novik



Minister of Religious Services Naftali Bennett announced Tuesday night that the Jewish community of Paris will not have to pay for the burial plots and funerals of the Hyper Cacher victims.

Each of the families of the four Paris kosher market victims, laid to rest Tuesday in Jerusalem, was asked to pay 50,000 shekels to the Chevra Kaddisha for the burial plot and funeral, Ynet was told, after refusing to bury their loves ones in multi-storey tombs. Continue Reading »

Israel’s President: “Terror has never kept us down, and we do not want terror to subdue you.”

At the State funeral for the 4 Paris terror victims in Jerusalem, President Rivlin calls on French Jews to choose to make aliyah to Israel, rather than come out of fear for their safety in Europe: ‘We will continue to fight for your right to live as Jews – wherever you may be’.

By Roi Yanovsky


“This is not how we wanted to welcome you to Israel,” President Reuven Rivlin told the families of Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Francois-Michel Saada and Phillipe Braham – the four victims of the terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris. Thousands turned out in force on Tuesday to the state funeral held for the four men at the Givat Shaul Cemetery in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

Once Again Jimmy Carter Blames Israeli-Palestinian Conflict For Radical Islamic Terror

While a BBC reporter apologized for linking anti-Semitic attacks in France to Palestinian ‘suffering’ at Israeli hands, Jimmy Carter, blames the Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket attacks in France squarely on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

By i24news



Muslim frustration over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the factors that led to the attacks on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris last week, former US President Jimmy Carter told Jon Stewart on the Daily Show on Monday.

Former 1-time President, Jimmy Carter – Photo by AP

When Stewart asked Carter what he believed led to the massacre, which claimed the lives of 17 people, the latter replied: “Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem. Continue Reading »

French Jewish Community Living in Fear

Friday’s antisemitic terrorist attack didn’t rattle the already nervous Jewish community, but it did instill genuine heartache and concern.
• Paris’ major synagogues suspended their Shabbat services for the 1st time since World War II.

By Boaz Bismuth


The last time I saw a Jewish minyan relocate from a synagogue to a private residence for security reasons was in 2010. I was in Rayda, Yemen, where the Jews were still reeling from the assassination of Moshe Nahari, the brother of a prominent rabbi.

I never thought I would find myself at the same exact same setting in Paris, only four years later.

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French PM Declares, ‘If 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France’


With possibility of 100,000 Jews fleeing France, French PM urges Jews not to leave the country, in an interview with The Atlantic.
• European Union rabbi urges Jerusalem to help fund security for French Jews, as 2nd option, not just urge Aliyah.

By Ynet


“If 100,000 French people of Spanish origin were to leave, I would never say that France is not France anymore. But if 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France. The French Republic will be judged a failure,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday ahead of a memorial rally in honor of those killed in France in recent days. Continue Reading »