Tag: Jews

Hungarian prime minister acknowledges his country’s ‘sin’ of abandoning its Jews to the Nazis

(JTA) — Hungary committed a “sin” in not protecting its Jewish citizens during World War II and collaborating with the Nazis, the country’s prime minister said while vowing it would never happen again.

Viktor Orban, speaking at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following their meeting Tuesday, also said that Hungary has a “zero tolerance” policy toward anti-Semitism and he would work to put a stop to it in Europe.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu told reporters he discussed with Orban concerns raised by the Jewish community about anti-Semitism and security in the aftermath of a government billboard…

Festival organizers in Krakow ask: Who speaks for Jewish culture?

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) – For four days this summer, a trio of artists and performers dressed in rabbinical-looking garb took turns sitting at a table behind an open air booth hawking good luck to passers-by alongside a bustling street in the heart of Kazimierz, this city’s lively Jewish quarter.

Playing the character of the “Lucky Jew,” the actor sat at a desk laden with an accounting ledger, an old-fashioned inkwell and a quill pen in a small theatrical set designed to resemble a picture frame. The scene was a look-alike of a Polish folk painting depicting a traditional-looking Jewish…

Christian Zionists still uncertain about Trump — but know they’re glad Obama is out

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Barack Obama is gone and the relief among the Christian Zionists and their Jewish friends who peopled certain corners of Washington, D.C., this week was palpable.

Gary Bauer, the veteran evangelical activist, laid it out at the opening session of Christians United for Israel’s annual conference on Monday.

A year ago, “from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the next, we had people who were not blessing Israel, they were cursing Israel,” said Bauer, who was recently named director of CUFI’s Washington office.

Now, Bauer said to applause, Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder, was…

After UNESCO vote, Netanyahu reads from Bible to prove Jewish ties to Hebron

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put a kippah on his head and read from the Bible during the weekly Cabinet meeting to illustrate the Jewish people’s and Israel’s connection to Hebron.

Sunday’s display came after the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Friday acting on a request from the Palestinians, declared Hebron’s Old City to be a heritage site in danger.

“I would like to read from Genesis 23:16-19,” Netanyahu said in opening up the meeting. “And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the…

Polish former priest indicted for inciting hatred against Jews

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — The prosecutor’s office in the western Poland city of Wroclaw issued an indictment against former priest Jacek Międlar for “public incitement to hatred based on religious and national differences.”

He could face up to 2 years in prison.

On Nov. 11, 2016, during the Polish Independence Day, Wroclaw hosted the “March of Patriots.” According to the prosecutor’s office, Międlar in his speech to the march, “under the guise of promoting patriotic attitudes,” publicly called for hatred against Jews and Ukrainians.

“He used expressions intended to inspire others to feelings of contempt, strong dislike, anger, disapproval and hostility…