Israel evacuates hundreds of civilian Syrian humanitarian volunteers and takes them to Jordan

United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)
United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)

United Nations workers standing on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights monitor a Syrian refugee camp in Quneitra province on the Syrian side of the Israeli-Syrian border on July 17, 2018. (Basel Awidat/FLASH90)

(JTA) – Israel rescued more than 400 members of a Syrian humanitarian organization and their families from southern Syria.

The members of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets, were evacuated overnight Saturday and transferred through Israeli to Jordan, according to Reuters. [Read more…]

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UN General Assembly condemns Israel for Gaza violence; Canada among 35 countries which abstains

People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People running from tear gas at the Gaza border fence with Israel, May 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Nations (UN) General Assembly at an emergency meeting on the Gaza Strip condemned Israel for an “excessive use of force” and rejected U.S. bids to amend the resolution to also condemn Hamas.

The resolution, backed by Arab countries, also calls for “protection of the Palestinian civilian population” in Gaza. It is similar to one that was introduced at the UN Security Council earlier this month that was vetoed by the United States. [Read more…]

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Trudeau says Canada will apologize for MS St. Louis incident

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (centre) in quiet contemplation during a visit to the National Holocaust Monument, September 27. (PMO)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (centre) in quiet contemplation during a visit to the National Holocaust Monument, September 27, 2017. (PMO)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, attending a gala in Toronto, May 8, marking 30 years of the March of the Living (MOL) and honouring Holocaust survivor educators and MOL National Director Eli Rubenstein, announced he will make a formal apology in the House of Commons for Canada’s refusal to admit Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany on board the MS St. Louis in 1939. More than 900 refugees were on board the ship and more than 250 of them were ultimately murdered during the Holocaust.

“When Canada denied asylum to the 907 German Jews on board the MS St. Louis, we failed not only those passengers, but also their descendants and community. An apology in the House of Commons will not rewrite this shameful chapter of our history. It will not bring back those who perished or repair the lives shattered by tragedy. But it is our collective responsibility to acknowledge this difficult truth, learn from this story, and continue to fight against anti-Semitism every day, as we give meaning to the solemn vow: ‘Never again.’ I look forward to offering this apology on the floor of the House,” said Trudeau. [Read more…]

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