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ICYMI: Morning Roundup

Posted on January 27 2011 11:00 am
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Visitors at Yad Vashem

  • Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) splits from lobbying group J Street. He has cut all ties with the group for their backing of an anti-Israel resolution in the UN after they raised funds for his 2010 campaign. J Street has long claimed to be pro-Israel but has been seen as harshly critical of Israel and received funding from groups and regimes inimical to the existence of the state.
  • Man is charged with making threats to the ADL’s New York director. Jacques Pluss, formerly adjunct professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University, was arrested on charges of bias intimidation, harassment and weapons charges. He has past of connection to neo-Nazi groups.
  • Marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, questions are raised on the best way to combat hate and anti-Semitism in the modern age. Canada is still trying to come to grips with its response, including failure to pursue Nazis living in the country as well as a recent rash of anti-Semitic crimes.
  • Turkey carries out its first Holocaust memorial, with high ranking government ministers as well as the mayor of Istanbul attending. Holocaust Memorial Day was observed at the Neve Shalom synagogue, the largest in the city.
  • Though anti-Semitic incidents declined, delegitimization and demonization continue to rise.  After a sharp increase in anti-Semitic acts in 2009, following Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, 2010 saw a decrease, relatively speaking, in such, but still significantly above the ’90s. On the other hand, the activities of groups and organizations to delegitimize Israel have seen rapid growth.
  • Google and Yad Vashem announced a partnership in releasing and indexing the institute’s documentation of the Holocaust. More than 130,000 pictures from the archives will also be added to the search engine’s database.
  • More from the Al-Jazeera leaks of negations between the PA and Israel reveal that top Palestinians have tried to support Iranian opposition groups to counteract Iran’s influence on Hamas.
  • Terror cell responsible for killing American tourist Kristine Luken entered Israel through a gap in the security fence. The gap, a result of legal wrangling and a restraining order from the Israeli Supreme Court, is south of the Gush Etzion bloc.
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