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Israel's President Reuven Rivlin openning the official state ceremony for Israel’s Memorial Day at the Western Wall in Jerusalem,
''It is not enough to survive: to honor the ultimate sacrifices made by the nation’s sons and daughters, Israelis must seek to deepen our commitment to build a more moral home, a more just home… where all members are equal.”

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Two Republican presidential contenders seek support of Jewish audience in Las Vegas

By Yossi Lempkowicz WASHINGTON (EJP)---Two Republican presidential contenders denounced President Barack Obama’s foreign policy toward Israel and promised to put the US back on sound footing with its ally, as they spoke Saturday in Las Vegas at the Republican Jewish Coalition 's annual meeting. Senator Ted Cru... Full Article

German President Gauck marks 70th anniversary of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp liberation by the British forces

By Yossi Lempkowicz BERLIN (EJP)---German President Joachim Gauck paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of prisoners held at the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp, which was liberated by British Allied forces 70 years ago. "We must look to the past to put an end to injustice," he said in his address at t... Full Article

Pro-Israel group allowed to post 'Killing Jews' ads on New York buses, judge rules

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)---A pro-Israel group will be allowed to display an advertisement containing the phrase “Hamas Killing Jews” on New York City’s buses, a judge ruled this week. The ruling came after a lawsuit filed against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last year by the Ame... Full Article

Israel is the 11th-happiest country in the world, annual report shows

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)---Israel is the 11th-happiest country in the world, according to the 2014 annual World Happiness Report released on Friday. This report is published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched in... Full Article

Increase in number of anti-Semitic incidents in Holland leads to enhanced sense of insecurity among Dutch Jews

By Yossi Lempkowicz AMSTERDAM (EJP)---Holland witnessed an increase of 71% in anti-Semitic incidents in 2014 compared to the previous year, a monitor group reported. According to the annual report of the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), 171 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in 2014 com... Full Article

Amnesty rejects call to campaign against rise of anti-Semitism in Britain

By Yossi Lempkowicz LONDON (EJP)---Amnesty International has rejected a motion to campaign against rising anti-Semitism in Britain, lobby the UK government to tackle the rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the country and "monitor anti-Semitism closely, the Jewish Chronicle reported. The motion was tabled at the ann... Full Article

Before turning to festive Independence Day celebrations, Israel remembers its fallen soldiers and terror victims

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israel continued on Wednesday to remember its fallen soldiers and terror victims throughout Remembrance Day before the atmosphere turns to one of joy in the evening as Independence Day is ushered in. A one-minute siren was followed Tuesday evening by a ceremony at the Wester... Full Article

French police arrest terror suspect, thwarts imminent attacks on churches

By Yossi Lempkowicz PARIS (EJP)---French police arrested a 24-year-old Algerian native who was planning an imminent attack on one or more French churches in Paris, French Interior Minuister Bernard Cazeneuve announced.   The suspect, who was not named, is a computer science student who was flagged as a risk by secu... Full Article

Israel marks Yom Hazikaron to honor its fallen soldiers

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israel on Tuesday marks the national Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) to honor its 23,320 fallen soldiers and civilian victims of wars and terrorism. A minute-long siren will sound out around the country a 8 p.m. (7 pm in Brussels), during which Israelis will stop everything (in... Full Article