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Monday, January 22, 2018

Israel/World

Rabbi Norman Lamm Steps Down As YU Chancellor Lawsuit Filed Against YU

New York—Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, an icon of Modern Orthodoxy, has stepped down as Chancellor of Yeshiva University, amid a swirl of controversy. In an interview last December with Paul Berger of The Forward, the rabbi admitted that he had failed, more than 20 years previously, to respond adequately to students’ complaints of sexual abuse by rabbis

Local Rabbis Meet with Pope in Rome

Rome—Not many people can claim to have met with the Pope, but Bergenfield Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn and Rabbi Shmuel Goldin from Bergen County recently traveled to Rome to meet the newly elected pope, Pope Francis, with a 28-member delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), during which Pope Francis, like his role

Claims Conference Internal Committee Implodes

New York—Coming soon after the trials and convictions of fraudsters who fleeced the German government with a $57 million scheme at the Conference of Material Claims Against Germany (The Claims Conference or CC), the 2013 summer board meeting was expected to be a hot bed of controversy once there was an analysis of an internal report (See Summary, page 45) issued by

Profiles in Determination: Rabbi Eugene Korn Makes Dialogue Work

Rabbi Eugene Korn, a Bergenfield resident who gives lectures about Judaism and Jewish/Christian Relations around the world, is the American director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel, founded by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.

In an interview with JLBC,  he said, “We must do what we can to make our future much more

New Memorial Complex to be Built at Babi Yar Massacre Site

Kiev, Ukraine—Alexander Levin, President of the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jews (WFRJ) and head of the Jewish community in Kiev, on June 23 presented for the first time the model of the new memorial site to be built at Babi Yar in Ukraine, where an estimated 50,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Levin spoke at a gala in

Hungary Signs New Holocaust Survivor Restitution Deal

Budapest—Agence France Presse reports that the Hungarian government announced a deal Saturday with the Conference of Material Claims Against Germany on reparations for Hungarian survivors living abroad, ending a year-long row over transparency and a freeze of payments to survivors.

Hungary had signed a five-year agreement with the Claims Conference

Egypt’s Revolution Strikes Back

Cairo—After four days of protests attended by tens of millions of people, and more than 40 deaths, the official announcement came from the Egyptian military on Wednesday a little after 9 p.m. local time. Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, as promised, presented the “road map.” This was not an outline or a proposal for change, but a full-fledged

Israeli Cabinet Approves ‘Historic’ Equal Service Bill; Does Not Apply To Israel’s Arabs

(JNS.org)—A  bill requiring eligible ultra-Orthodox men to report for military duty or civilian service in Israel was approved in a 14-4 vote by the Israeli cabinet.

The bill, proposed by a committee headed by Israeli Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri, states that starting in 2017, all eligible haredi men over the age of 18 will

Israel And Palestine Form Economic Committee

Bethelehem (Ma’an News Agency) – Israel and Palestine agreed on Tuesday to form a committee of economic experts to meet on a bi-weekly basis to discuss economic issue between them, an official said. The decision was made in a meeting between Palestinian minister of finance ShukriBishara and his Israeli counterpart YairLapid and attended by several economic

Salafi Extremists Assert Power in Egypt

CAIRO—David Kirkpatric of the New York Times reports that Al Nour, the Salafi political party of ultraconservative Islamists, has emerged “as an unexpected political kingmaker in Egypt.”

Once seen as rank amateurs, Al Nour was the only Islamist party to support removing Morsi. After the coup, Al Nour’s  leader was photographed standing behind

Poll: 71 Percent Of Israelis Say Apology to Erdogan For Flotilla Incident Unjustified

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Seventy-one percent of Israelis believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apology to his Turkish Prime Minister RecepTayyipErdogan for the May 2010 Gaza flotilla incident was unjustified, a new poll revealed. The poll, commissioned by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and conducted over the

Investigation Approved on Arab Incitement Against Pro-IDF Christian Leader

(JNS.org) Israeli Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein has signed off on a secret investigation of Arab members of the Israeli Knesset over their alleged incitement against pro-IDF Christian leader Father Gabriel Nadaf, the Knesset’s Internal Affairs and Environment Committee said in a statement on Wednesday.

Although there were conflicting reports as to the