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French President Francois Hollande opened the Iraq conference in Paris by urging 'global' fight on jihadists to tackle the threat from the Islamic State terror group.

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The EU Council of Foreign Affairs
''Recent events in the wider Middle East pose serious threats to the EU as well as to its immediate neighbours. The European Union reiterates its fundamental commitment to the security of Israel, including with regard to current and emerging threats in the region.''
Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini
'The casefire in the Gaza conflict would open a path to political negotiations and thus ending the conflict in the Middle East region.''
The European Union in a statement on 27 August
''The Palestinian government of national consensus, under the leadership of President Abbas, should exercise effective administration of the Gaza Strip. Hamas and other militant groups must stop all threats to Israel.''
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in response to a letter from European Jewish Association Director General, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, congratulating him on the occasion of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.
''I want to say that I share your concerns about the situations that infringe on the freedom of religion which you mentioned in your letter. I will do my best not to break your trust and to always act in conformity to and with a view to protecting our shared European values.

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Weekly Torah Portion

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.

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

Gaza mortar fired at Israel in first attack since ceasefire agreed

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---For the first time since a truce came into effect on 26 August, a mortar was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel Tuesday evening. However, Hamas denied any knowledge of the attack and reportedly arrested those responsible following Israeli pressure. The mortar shell apparentl... Full Article

Belgian authorities urged to ensure greater security for Jewish institutions following arson attacks against Brussels synagogue

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)--- The European Jewish Congress (EJC) called on the Belgian relevant authorities to ensure greater security for Jewish institutions following arson attacks on a synagogue in Brussels on Tuesday. According to reports, one or more people managed to enter the building which houses ... Full Article

Fire that broke out at Brussels synagogue appears to be criminal

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---A fire, which appears to be criminal, broke out early Tuesday morning at a synagogue in Brussels. According to Belgian daily La Dernière Heure, one or more people  managed to enter the building and set several fires on the fourth floor of the building. Three people, a woman... Full Article

German Chancellor Merkel : ‘Anyone who hits someone wearing a skullcap is hitting us all’

By Yossi Lempkowicz BERLIN (EJP)---German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined President Joachim Gauck in attending a rally against anti-Semitism at the Brandeburg Gate in Berlin on Sunday. "Anyone who hits someone wearing a skullcap is hitting us all," she said in a speech to the thousands people present. ‘’An... Full Article

Turkey's PM Erdogan renews his anti-Semitic statements against Israel

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM/ISTANBUL (EJP)---Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that the latest declarations of Turkish Prime Minister were ‘’anti-Semitic.’’ On Saturday, RecepTayyip Erdogan accused Israel of having "surpassed Hitler in barbarism" through its ... Full Article