Pope Francis on Pittsburgh synagogue attack: ‘All of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence’

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Pope Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh in St. Peter’s Square, in the wake of an attack on a synagogue there that left 11 worshippers dead.

The head of the Catholic Church said Sunday morning that “all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.”

On Sunday, after reciting the prayer The Angelus, the Pope said: “I express my closeness to the city of Pittsburgh, in the United States of America, and in particular to the Jewish community, hit yesterday by a terrible attack in the synagogue. The Most High welcomes the dead in his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded. In reality, we are all wounded by this inhumane act of violence. May the Lord help us to extinguish the outbreaks of hatred that develop in our societies, strengthening the sense of humanity, respect for life, moral and civil values, and the holy fear of God, who is Love and Father of all. “ [Read more…]

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Tens of thousands of documents show how Argentina supported the Nazis

This photo, one of tens of thousands of documents that clarify Argentina’s relationship with the Nazis, shows 15 000 people gathered in Buenos Aires at a rally supporting Hitler on April 10, 1938. (Courtesy DAIA)
This photo, one of tens of thousands of documents that clarify Argentina’s relationship with the Nazis, shows 15 000 people gathered in Buenos Aires at a rally supporting Hitler on April 10, 1938. (Courtesy DAIA)

This photo, one of tens of thousands of documents that clarify Argentina’s relationship with the Nazis, shows 15 000 people gathered in Buenos Aires at a rally supporting Hitler on April 10, 1938. (Courtesy DAIA)

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – Argentina’s Jewish political umbrella revealed excerpts from tens of thousands of documents about World War II that shed light on the Nazi influence on the country and the Nazi war criminals who hid there.

In a short documentary released Tuesday, the Delegation of Argentine Jewish Associations, or DAIA, released some images from the documents, including one that shows 15,000 people gathered in Buenos Aires at a sports venue, Luna Park, for a rally supporting Hitler on April 10, 1938. [Read more…]

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Argentina blames Gaza violence on Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the San Martin palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 12, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/Government Press Office/Flash90)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the San Martin palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 12, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/Government Press Office/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the San Martin palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 12, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/Government Press Office/Flash90)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – In a sign of Argentina’s changing attitude toward Israel, the Argentine Foreign Ministry has issued a statement that seems to put the blame for recent clashes between the Israeli military and Hamas squarely on the Palestinians.

Referring to the recent escalation in tensions that has seen Hamas fire hundreds of rockets into Israeli territory and the Israelis carry out numerous retaliatory strikes against Hamas outposts and fighters, Friday’s statement expressed its “deep concern” over the violence, which it said was “caused by the launch of rockets towards Israel.” [Read more…]

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Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, appeals court confirms

The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)
The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

The grave of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman at La Tablada Israelite cemetery in Buenos Aires, Jan. 10, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered as a direct consequence of his accusation against former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of a cover-up of Iran’s role in the1994 AMIA Jewish centre bombing, a federal court ruled.

The Argentinean Federal Chamber of Appeals on Friday backed the federal judge who is leading the investigation, Julian Ercolini, who ruled last December, more than two years after Nisman death, that it was a murder and not a suicide. [Read more…]

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A quiz show in Argentina asked ‘which country has Tel Aviv as its capital?’ But it didn’t know the answer

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – A television quiz show in Argentina experienced a confusing moment in the final round of competition when it asked: “Which country has Tel Aviv as its capital?”

With a new car on the line, Guido Kaczka, celebrity host of “La Tribuna de Guido,” or “The Panel of Guido” on national television Channel 13, on Thursday evening during the live broadcast called for a surprise commercial break. The break came after contestant Lucas answered “Israel,” but went on to clarify that this is disputed “especially since the United States recently declared that Jerusalem is the capital.” His competition, Rocio, had previously guessed that the answer was Iran.

Kaczka, who is Jewish, announced the unscheduled commercial break, saying that the production team needed to consider the issue and determine the correct answer. [Read more…]

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Israel and Argentina to ‘turn friendship into business’ starting with more kosher meat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)

(JTA) – Argentina will export more kosher frozen beef to Israel, following an official visit of the country’s vice-president.

Gabriela Michetti on Sunday completed an official visit to Israel with an economic team of vice-ministers to turn the good relations between both countries “to concrete economic improvements,” she told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting last week. [Read more…]

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Argentina passes law to hold annual memorial day for ’92 Israeli Embassy bombing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – The Argentina Senate passed a law for an annual memorial day remembering the 1992 terror attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

The law passed unanimously by the upper house of parliament on Wednesday also calls for a week of events surrounding the March 17 day of remembrance to raise awareness about the consequences of global terrorism. [Read more…]

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Spain’s former attorney general accuses Israel, Argentine Jews of killing his successor

BUENO AIRES (JTA) – A former Spanish government official has accused Israel and Argentine Jewry of being behind the untimely death of Spain’s attorney general while on a working trip to Argentina.

Spanish Attorney General José Manuel Maza, 66, died Nov. 19 after being taken to a hospital in Buenos Aires, where he was attending an international law conference, with a kidney infection. [Read more…]

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