No legal action will be taken against German rappers for anti-Semitic lyrics

Farid Bang, left, and Kollegah at the Echo Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2018. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Farid Bang, left, and Kollegah at the Echo Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2018. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Farid Bang, left, and Kollegah at the Echo Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2018. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

(JTA) – No legal action will be taken against two German rappers who created an uproar with their anti-Semitic lyrics.

The state prosecutor in the western German city of Dusseldorf announced Saturday that the controversial lyrics in the song “0815” that drew several complaints against hip-hop artists Kollegah and Farid Bang were not grounds for prosecution. [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. 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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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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Abbas apologizes ‘if people were offended’ by his speech blaming Holocaust on the Jews

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas apologized to Jewish people offended by his recent speech in which he blamed the Holocaust on Jews.

“If people were offended by my statement in front of the [Palestinian National Council], especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them,” Abbas said in a statement sent Friday by his office. [Read more…]

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Mahmoud Abbas: Jews caused Holocaust with their ‘social behaviour’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a session of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Jan. 14, 2018. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a session of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Jan. 14, 2018. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Jews caused the Holocaust with their “social behaviour,” such as money lending.

Speaking Monday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abbas also said that Jews do not have a historical connection to the land. [Read more…]

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Smoke grenade hurled in Ukrainian bookstore during Holocaust lecture

(JTA) – An unidentified person wearing a ski mask hurled a smoke grenade into a Ukraine bookstore during a lecture about the Holocaust.

At least 45 people were attending a talk titled “A terrible story: The Holocaust. Memory. Pain. Lessons” at the E bookstore on Monday evening in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, when the incident occurred. Witnesses described the perpetrator as a teenager, though they did not see his face. The incident ended without injury. [Read more…]

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