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Former head of IDF to speak at Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation AGM, June 6

Gabi Ashkenazi, then the outgoing chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, February 7, 2011.  (Yotam From)

Gabi Ashkenazi, then the outgoing chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, speaks at the Herzliya Conference, February 7, 2011. (Yotam From)

Gabi Ashkenazi, chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2007 to 2011, will be the guest speaker at the annual general meeting of the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation.

The Foundation AGM will be held Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

Ashkenazi, whose illustrious military career spanned nearly 40 years – including service as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Defense – is now chair of the Rashi Foundation. Established in 1984, Rashi is the oldest private foundation in the State of Israel, directing its resources to Israel’s underprivileged, focusing on the young generation and populations with special needs. [Read more…]

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Gazan Palestinians enter Israel, set fire to IDF outpost

Israeli fire fighters and soldiers attempting to extinguish a fire in a wheat field next to the border with Gaza, May 15, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Israeli fire fighters and soldiers attempting to extinguish a fire in a wheat field next to the border with Gaza, May 15, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A group of Gazan Palestinians cut through the border fence with Israel and set fire to an empty Israel Defense Forces outpost.

The Palestinians, 10 in all, fled back through the fence into Gaza after the Tuesday morning attack on the outpost used by snipers during the March of Return border protests. [Read more…]

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U.S. dedicates embassy in Jerusalem amid jubilation and violence

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The United States dedicated its embassy in Jerusalem.

Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during the Monday afternoon ceremony recited the “Shehechyanu” prayer, said when one is thankful for a new or unusual experience. [Read more…]

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At least 37 Palestinians reported dead in border protests on day of U.S. embassy move

Palestinians carrying a wounded man during a protest against United States’ plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near Al Bureij Refugee Camp at the Gaza-Israel border, May 14, 2018. (Hassan Jedi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Palestinians carrying a wounded man during a protest against United States’ plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near Al Bureij Refugee Camp at the Gaza-Israel border, May 14, 2018. (Hassan Jedi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – At least 37 Gazan Palestinians have been killed at the border with Israel, where tens of thousands have gathered for protests in the hours before the dedication of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

About 50,000 Palestinians massed on the border by mid-afternoon on Monday. Several thousand more Palestinian protesters are located more than a quarter of a mile from the border fence in a tent area, the IDF said.  There are at least 10 flashpoint areas along the border. [Read more…]

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Study says Polish neighbours betrayed many more Jews than previously thought

Jews from the Warsaw ghetto surrender to German soldiers after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April-May 1943. On the right is SS Josef Blösche (1912 - 1969).   (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Jews from the Warsaw ghetto surrender to German soldiers after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April-May 1943. (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

(JTA) – According to new research done in Poland, two-thirds of the local Jews who hid there from the Nazis did not survive the war, mostly because of the actions of their non-Jewish neighbours.

The figure comes from a two-volume work of 1,600 pages that historians from the Warsaw-based Center for Research on Holocaust of Jews have compiled over the past five years. It covers nine out of Poland’s 13 regions, the Tok FM radio station reported Sunday. [Read more…]

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