Hunger-striking Jewish extremist collapses in prison

(JTA) – Meir Ettinger, a suspected Jewish terrorist being held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, collapsed in prison nine days after launching a hunger strike.

Ettinger, grandson of the late far-right extremist Meir Kahane, was given emergency medical treatment on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported the following day, citing Maariv. His hunger strike is in protest of his detention. [Read more…]


Israeli Cabinet expected to vote on Western Wall plan

(JTA) – Israel’s Cabinet is expected to vote Sunday on a proposal that would expand the non-Orthodox section of the Western Wall.

The details of the proposal have not been released, but negotiations over expanding the non-Orthodox site – a segment of the wall called Robinson’s Arch, south of the traditional prayer site – have been taking place for approximately 2 1/2 years. [Read more…]


ADL, European Jewish Congress team up for EU advocacy

(JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the European Jewish Congress (EJC) have formed a partnership to co-operate on advocacy work in European Union (EU) institutions.

The partnership, which was announced Tuesday at a meeting of the EJC’s General Assembly in Brussels, will enable the ADL to have a greater impact on EU policies and programs, the ADL said in a statement released Wednesday. [Read more…]


Eichmann’s handwritten clemency plea released in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann asked Israel’s president for a pardon two days before his execution, according to a letter unveiled on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Eichmann’s handwritten request, in which he said he was just following orders in implementing Hitler’s “Final Solution,” and then-Israeli president Yitzhak Ben-Zvi’s letter denying the request, were unveiled Wednesday by President Reuven Rivlin in honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. [Read more…]


Paul Bronfman stops giving to York University over pro-Palestinian mural

(JTA) – Media executive Paul Bronfman has withdrawn his company’s support from York University in Toronto over a pro-Palestinian mural hanging in the student centre.

Bronfman, the chair of Pinewood Toronto Studios and William F. White International, a supplier of film production equipment, announced his decision to cut his donations to the university on Sunday. He also serves as a director of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, which has been critical of the painting, titled “Palestinian Roots.” [Read more…]


Argentina dedicates national monument honoring Holocaust victims, rescuers

BUENOS AIRES , Argentina (JTA) – Argentina inaugurated a Righteous Among the Nations promenade and national monument honouring the memory of Holocaust victims.

The monument honouring 26 non-Jews who helped save Jews during the Holocaust was inaugurated Tuesday in Buenos Aires ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday. The promenade and monument are located in the city’s Palermo zone, in the Palermo woods, an area similar to Central Park in New York City. [Read more…]