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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (C) award French citizenship to Lassana Bathily.The 24-year-old Muslim shop employee from Mali saved seven Jews from the Paris kosher supermarket terror attack.

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Unknown vandals desecrate Holocaust 'memorial cobbelstones' in Brussels

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP) --- Unknown vandals desecrated Holocaust ‘’memorial cobblestones’’ in Brussels fixed to the pavement outside the former home of a Jewish family whose members were deported and murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz. An agency which broadcasts news on the Jewish community in... Full Article

In Malmo, Swedish journalist wearing kippah tests attitudes of people towards Jews

By Yossi Lempkowicz STOCKHOLM (EJP)---A Swedish tv reporter who wanted to test the attitudes of people towards Jews by walking in the streets of the city of Malmo while wearing a kippah and a Star of David necklace received direct anti-Semitic threats and fled for fear of serious violence. Swedish Television t... Full Article

Strong surge of number of anti-Semitic acts in Belgium in 2014

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP) --- 102 anti-Semitic acts have been recorded in Belgium last year, a group monitoring anti-Semitic acts in the country said. This represents a rise of 60 % in comparison with 2013. In 2014 Belgium has seen the worst anti-Semitic attack in its history with the killing of four p... Full Article

White House: Obama will not meet Netanyahu during his upcoming Washington visit

By Yossi Lempkowicz WASHINGTON (EJP)---US President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit in Washington on March 3 to address US Congress. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has invited Netanyahu to speak to lawmakers about the threat from I... Full Article

At first-ever UNGA gathering on anti-Semitism, French philosopher denounces 'delirium of anti-Zionism', Israel's ambassador calls on Europeans to stand against anti-Semitism

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)---French noted intellectual, philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Levy denounced “the renewed advance of this radical inhumanity, this total baseness that is anti-Semitism” and the “delirium of anti-Zionism” in a keynote speech Thursday to the first-ever meeting convened ... Full Article

Boehner invites Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran, White House not informed

By Yossi Lempkowicz WASHINGTON (EJP)---Republican US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress next month, extending the invitation without first informing the White House. In a statement announcing the invitation, Boehner said, “In t... Full Article

UN General Assembly in New York holds special session on anti-Semitism for the first time

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)--- The United Nations General Assembly holds Thursday in New York its first-ever meeting devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews — a meeting scheduled even before the recent attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris. 37 countries, includ... Full Article

Text of the address by European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans at a memorial ceremony for the Paris attacks victims

By Yossi Lempkowicz Following is the full text of the address by First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, at a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Paris terror attacks in Brussels 21 January 2015: First of all I want to really thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is, ... Full Article

Anti-Semitic attack against Israeli tourists in Argentina

By Yossi Lempkowicz BUENOS AIRES (EJP)---Ten Israeli tourists were wounded in an anti-Semitic attack at their hostel in Lago Puelo, a small southern Argentine village. Three assailants burned, robbed and beat the tourists for four hours on Monday, according to the Argentinian media. Police in the Chubut province a... Full Article