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Mogherini at Chanukah event: 'Anti-Semitism across Europe is rising and needs to be dealt with and fought against decisively'

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---“Anti-Semitism across Europe is rising and needs to be dealt with and fought against decisively,’’ said EU foreign policy chief and European Commission Vice-President Federica Mogherini who hosted the annual Chanukah event organized Wednesday in Brussels by the European J... Full Article

American Jewish community welcomes release of Alan Gross

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)---The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has welcomed the release of American Jew Alan Gross from a Cuban jail, where he was imprisoned for just over five years on charges of subversion. Gross, 65, an American subcontractor for a U.S. Agency for International Development program and a... Full Article

Mogherini: EU Court decision on Hamas is 'procedural and not political'

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---‘’We respect the General Court of the European Union's judgement delivered today annulling measures against Hamas, namely the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organisation and the freezing of Hamas' funds,’’ said Wednesday a spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Fe... Full Article

'The EU supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks'

By Yossi Lempkowicz STRASBOURG (EJP)---The European Parliament on Wednesday voted in Strasbourg with a large majority in favour of a joint resolution that instead of calling on the EU to recognize a Palestinian state, links the EU ‘’support in principle’’ of such a recognition to the development of peace t... Full Article

EU court orders removal of Hamas from EU terror blacklist

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---The General Court of the European Union, the EU's second highest tribunal, has removed Hamas from the EU list of terror organizations but temporarily maintained the blacklist measures for a period of three months or until an appeal was closed, giving EU member states time to pr... Full Article

Will a EU Court remove Hamas from the EU list of terror groups ?

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---Will a European Court decide Wednesday to remove Hamas from the EU’s list of terror groups ? The EU General Court's decision is expected on claims that the group's inclusion in the list was ‘’against EU procedures and without sufficient evidence.’’ The Court is the... Full Article

European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestinian statehood

By Yossi Lempkowicz Following is the full text of the European Parliament resolution ''on recognition of Palestine statehood'' that will be submitted to the vote of the 751 members of the parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. The ''compromise'' joint motion was tabled on Tuesday after negotiations between the ... Full Article

EU Parliament to vote on compromise resolution that doesn’t call for EU to recognize a Palestinian state

By Yossi Lempkowicz STRASBOURG (EJP)---On the eve of a vote in its plenary session in Strasbourg, the European parliament agreed Tuesday to propose the MEPs a compromise joint resolution that instead of calling on the EU to recognize a Palestinian state, links the EU ‘’support in principle’’ of such a reco... Full Article

Holocaust Education Trust Ireland says it reversed its policy over the mention of Israel during commemoration ceremony

By Yossi Lempkowicz DUBLIN (EJP)---Following widespread outrage from Jewish organizations, the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (HETI)said it had reversed its policy over the mention of Israel during a Holocaust commemoration ceremony in January in Dublin. In an October 7 letter, HETI board chairman Peter Cassel... Full Article