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Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech / פרשת נצבים־וילך
Next read on 20 September 2014. Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech is the 51st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Media reports : Belgian police arrested several people planning terrorist attack against EU Commission building

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)--- Belgian police have arrested several people planning a terrorist attack on the European Commission seat in Brussels, according to media reports. Belgian authorities confirmed they had made several arrests as they sought to prevent jihadist fighters or sympathisers with the I... Full Article

French Prime Minister Valls at Paris synagogue tries to reassure French Jews against growing anti-Semitism

By Yossi Lempkowicz PARIS (EJP) --- ‘’Denying the existence of Israel is the first step towards anti-Semitism’’, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared at a ceremony held Thursday at the Great Synagogue of rue de la Victoire in Paris where he sent greetings to the Jewish community of France on the occa... Full Article

Unique finds of Holocaust relics at Theresienstadt former Nazi concentration camp

By Yossi Lempkowicz BERLIN (EJP)---Almost 70 years after the end of WWII and the fall of the Nazi regime, distinctive traces of life at the former Theresienstadt concentration camp, never seen, are coming to light. Tens of thousands of people died in the Nazi camp, an old fortress, some killed outright and others ... Full Article

Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Pope Francis receives Jewish delegation in Rome

By Yossi Lempkowicz ROME (EJP)---Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which will begin next week, Pope Francis has received a delegation of 40 international Jewish leaders at his residence in Rome. The presidents of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald S. Lauder, and of the Latin American Jewish... Full Article

Two young Iranians bearing fake Israeli passports arrested in Nairobi, wanted to enter Israel

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Two young Iranians have been arrested in Nairobi, Kenya, when police discovered that they were using fake Israeli passports bearing the names Adi and Avshalom and wanted to board a Brussels Airlines plane for Belgium and then continue to Israel, the Israeli media reported. T... Full Article

Likud Minister Gideon Saar shocks Israeli politics with sudden resignation

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israel’s Interior Minister and leading Likud figure Gideon Saar surprised the Israeli political world by announcing his resignation in order to devote more time to his personal life. Speaking at a Likud Party event in Ramat Gan prior to the Jewish New Year, Saar told the sho... Full Article

Around 1.5 million European Jews hide their religion, report shows

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---A report by two Jewish groups shows that around 1.5 million European Jews hide their religion. "About 40 percent of European Jews choose to hide their Jewishness and about 75 percent of European Jewish children do not attend Jewish schools,’’ reveals the report released by... Full Article

In Berlin meeting, Jewish leaders urge Germany to ban Hitler’s book ‘Mein Kampf’ and to step up fight against anti-Semitism

By Yossi Lempkowicz BERLIN (EJP)--- Jewish leaders from several dozen countries have urged Germany to ban Hitler’s book ‘Mein Kampf’ and to step up the fight against anti-Semitism. In resolutions discussed at a meeting of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Governing Board in Berlin, the delegates urged “auth... Full Article

Belgium's FM Reynders: 'Fight against anti-Semitism will be among the priorities of the new government'

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders promised a Jewish delegation that the fight against anti-Semitism and against radicalisation of a growing number of people coming back from fighting in Syria and Iraq will be among the priorities in the programm... Full Article