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Dutch offer first apology for World War II persecution of Jews

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Records show that only 38,000 of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands survived World War II but no government apology has been offered for the role the authorities played

Germany warns of 'mass exit' of Jews if hatred persists

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:17 PM

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that Germany 'need to take urgent counter-measures to make sure that such thoughts do not turn into a bitter reality and lead to a massive departure of Jews'

Flowers and candles are seen on October 10, 2019 at a door of the synagogue in Berlin, one day after the attack in Halle, eastern Germany, where two people were shot dead. - At least two people were shot dead in Halle on October 9, 2019, with witnesses saying a synagogue was among the gunmen's targets as Jews marked the holy day of Yom Kippur. One suspect was captured but with a manhunt ongoing for other perpetrators, security was tightened in synagogues in other eastern German cities while Halle itself was in lockdown. (Photo by Anton Roland LAUB / AFP)

Trump tags Democrats an 'anti-Jewish' party

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party,' claims United States President Donald Trump

STRONGER STANCE DEMANDED. US President Donald Trump wants the Democratic Party to condemn statements of one of its own members, congresswoman Ilhan Omar. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Canada apologizes for turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:13 PM

'Today, I rise in this House to issue a long overdue apology to the Jewish refugees Canada turned away,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

APOLOGY. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says sorry 'for the callousness of Canada's response' when Jewish asylum seekers fleeing Nazi Germany sought refuge in the country just months before the outbreak of World War II. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Thousands join gay pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of 'Pride and Tolerance'

Participants take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride parade on August 2, 2018. Thousands of people were expected to attend the parade in the holy city under heavy police guard, mindful of a fatal 2015 attack on marchers in the largely conservative city. This year's parade, the 17th annual Jerusalem march, is being held under the banner of "Pride and Tolerance". MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP

Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The new legislation, which serves as a de facto constitution, provokes fears of discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu

[OPINION] Jesus wasn't white, he was brown-skinned. Here's why that matters.

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:28 PM

If we can recognize the importance of ethnically and physically diverse role models in our media, why can’t we do the same for faith? Why do we continue to allow images of a whitened Jesus to dominate?

JESUS. Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew and was not white. Photo by Hans Zatzka (Public Domain)/The Conversation

Global concern mounts over Trump's Jerusalem plan

Dec 07, 2017 - 12:06 AM

'He will say that the United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,' says a senior administration official on condition of anonymity

CONTROVERSIAL. Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5, 2017. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

How PH reaps fruits of Quezon's kindness to Jews

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:11 AM

Visa free entry to Israel is one of the ways that the Jewish people have repaid the moral conviction of former Philippine president Manuel L Quezon

SENTIMENTAL TIES. Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau says the Philippines and Israel have a 'very sentimental' relationship dating back to the 1930s. Screen grab from Rappler Talk

Macron, Netanyahu mark 75 years since Paris roundup of Jews

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s presence at the ceremony sparks controversy with the Union of French Jews for Peace calling it shocking and unacceptable

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R) pay their respects after laying wreaths during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup in Paris on July 16, 2017.  French President Emmanuel Macron on July 16 marked 75 years since the roundup of some 13,000 Jews to be sent to Nazi death camps, calling France's responsibility a "stark truth" at a ceremony attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kamil Zihnioglu

When the Philippines opened its doors to Jewish refugees

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

We would not be alive today if not for the Philippines says Lotte Hershfield one of the thousand Jews who came to the country during World War II

Pence pays somber visit to Nazi concentration camp

Feb 20, 2017 - 12:15 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence is touring Europe to assure nervous allies of Washington s unwavering support for NATO

US Vice President Michael Richard Pence (C), his wife Karen Pence (R) and his daughter Charlotte Pence walk from the International Memorial of former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau after laying a wreath at the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau, southwestern Germany, on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas Kienzle

Jewish community applauds Duterte after apology

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a personal appearance at a synagogue in Metro Manila to apologize to Jews for his Hitler remarks

DUTERTE'S APOLOGY. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Jewish New Year celebration at a synagogue in Makati. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

House leaders on Duterte apology: 'We all make mistakes'

Oct 03, 2016 - 4:20 PM

I would advise the President don t speak anymore Just work says Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

HOUSE LEADERS. Majority Rodolfo Fariñas and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez hold a press conference on October 3. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Oct 03, 2016 - 2:48 PM

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Duterte apologizes for Hitler remarks

Oct 02, 2016 - 6:40 PM

There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

In Romania, poignant memories of Holocaust survivor Wiesel

Jul 03, 2016 - 9:45 PM

He was a man who bequeathed to us the duty to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to ensure that this tragedy never occurs again says Aurel Vainer

epa05404484 (FILE) A file photo dated 24 April 2012 of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel arriving for the 'Time 100 Gala' to celebrate the Time Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in New York, New York, USA. Media reports on 02 July 2016 state that Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and author, died at the age of 87, citing Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaus Memorial. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Kerry flies to Rome for meeting with Israeli PM

Jun 26, 2016 - 8:45 AM

It is believed the United States will use the meeting to assess the possibility of reviving the Israeli Palestinian peace process

File photo by AFP

Israel unveils new measures to halt Palestinian attacks

Oct 15, 2015 - 12:10 AM

A wave of mainly stabbing attacks by Palestinians has raised fears of a full scale uprising while a gun and knife attack on a Jerusalem bus

Tight security in Jerusalem for Jewish, Muslim holidays

Sep 21, 2015 - 10:07 PM

Authorities also say 66 people had been arrested in Jerusalem over the past week including some detained in connection with the unrest at Al Aqsa which saw Israeli police clash with rioters

Iranian protestors hold an anti-Israeli banners during a demonstration in defense of the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, located in Jerusalem's old city on September 18, 2015 after the weekly Friday prayers at Palestine square in Tehran. Photo by AFP

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces on 'day of rage'

Sep 19, 2015 - 10:27 AM

At Kafr Kaddum near Nablus Israeli fire wounded 3 Palestinians in their arms and legs says the Palestinian Red Crescent

Israel must welcome Syrian refugees – Labor's Herzog

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Speaking at a panel discussion in Tel Aviv Opposition Labor party leader Isaac Herzog calls on the government to act toward receiving refugees from the war in Syria in addition to the humanitarian efforts it is already making

In this file photo, Israeli co-leader of the Zionist Union party and Labor Party's leader Isaac Herzog speaks during a demonstration on August 2, 2015 in Tel Aviv. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

After Copenhagen shootings, Norway's Muslims and Jews link up

Feb 22, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Several Muslim speakers declare that Islam is a religion of peace and that it s true face had nothing to do with terrorism

MEMORIAL: People attend on February 16, 2015 a memorial ceremony after the terror attacks in Copenhagen, Denmark. EPA photo

Argentina hostel hit by anti-Semitic attack

Jan 21, 2015 - 11:38 PM

The attackers who appeared to be drunk broke windows and stole money luggage and cell phones while shouting anti Semitic slogans says Yoav Pollac owner of Onda Azul hostel

EU faces 'huge challenge' to reassure Jews about future in Europe

Jan 21, 2015 - 9:22 PM

European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans says the 28 nation bloc was determined to respond in keeping with its core values of tolerance and inclusion

ON ALERT. Armed Belgian Military soldiers guard the streets near the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, 17 January 2015. Julien Warnand/EPA

British Jews fear future in Europe – poll

Jan 14, 2015 - 10:17 PM

The poll of 2 230 British Jews by the Campaign Against Anti Semitism CAA finds that 45 feared Jews may have no future in Britain and 58 were concerned they have no long term future in Europe

File photo of London

In Paris, Jews and Muslims unite against terror

Jan 11, 2015 - 10:35 PM

Under wintry blue skies Parisians shared a simple and defiant message: France will not be divided by fear or by religious differences

People hold a candle next to flowers during a gathering at the end of Shabbat called by the Jewish Student's Union of France (UEJF) association on January 10, 2015, at the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris, in homage to the victims of a nearby hostage-taking drama in a Jewish supermarket. AFP PHOTO/ KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

In Israel, concern over fate of France's Jews

Jan 11, 2015 - 10:02 PM

For many the incident which ended with 4 shoppers dead and an Islamist gunman killed in a police assault brings back memories of deadly shootings in southern France in March 2012

ATTACK. Members of the French police special forces launch the assault and evacuate the hostages at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015. Thomas Samson/AFP

Netanyahu steps up appeal to French Jews after attacks

Jan 11, 2015 - 7:46 PM

Not for the first time Israel s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu uses an attack by Islamic extremists in France to urge the country s Jews to relocate

File photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from EPA/ODED BALITY / POOL Scene

Hebron, Palestine – Life under occupation

Dec 13, 2014 - 10:00 AM

More disturbing though is the presence of the Jewish settlers in the city most of who have stated their objective of reclaiming Hebron as a Jewish city by driving the Palestinian residents out

The IDF-controlled Suhada street on a regular day.

France's Hollande slams 'anti-Semitic' attack on couple

Dec 04, 2014 - 10:09 PM

French President Francois Hollande denounces the violence which was all the more unbearable because it aims to divide


Israel remembers plight of Jews who fled Arab world

Dec 01, 2014 - 12:30 AM

Nearly 800 000 came here and the rest around 56 000 went to the United States France Italy and elsewhere says Meir Kahlon chairman of the Central Organisation for Jews from Arab Countries and Iran

In this file photo, a worker hang a large billboard on a building with an Israeli flag in Jerusalem, 11 April 2013. Abir Sultan/EPA

[Bodymind] Spiegelman Schmiegelman

Sep 23, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Since Speigelman is recognized as one of the most effective voices in reminding the world about the Holocaust I can’t help worrying that his criticism of Israel carries more weight than an ordinary person’s

US still hopeful for Gaza ceasefire - Kerry

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:32 PM

While on a visit to India US Secretary of State John Kerry says his government is hoping the violence in Gaza will end soon

US State Secretary John Kerry

Palestinian teen said burned alive as Israel Arabs join protests

Jul 05, 2014 - 10:19 PM

Palestinians say it is perpetrated by Jewish extremists in revenge for the kidnapping and murder in the West Bank last month of 3 Israeli teenagers

CLASHES. Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police (unseen) during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem, on July 3, 2014, one day after a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of 3 Israeli youths. Photo by AFP/Thomas Coex

Brussels killings due to 'incitement' against Jews, Israel: Netanyahu

May 25, 2014 - 7:25 AM

The attack comes on the eve of elections in Belgium for a new federal government as well as for its regional parliaments and the European Parliament

#PugadBaboy: Halos lahat

May 07, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Israel PM looking to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

May 01, 2014 - 11:14 PM

Netanyahu has made recognition of Israel as a Jewish state a key demand in the crisis hit peace talks with the Palestinians which formally drew to a close on April 29

JEWISH STATE? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (shown) says Israel as a Jewish state is a key demand in the crisis-hit peace talks with the Palestinians. File photo by Uriel Sinai/AFP

Abbas: Holocaust 'most heinous crime' of modern era

Apr 27, 2014 - 9:23 PM

The Palestinian president expressed sympathy with families of the 6 million Jews who were killed by the Nazi regime during World War II

Arab summit backs Syria political solution, rejects 'Jewish state'

Mar 26, 2014 - 10:18 PM

Arab leaders side with the Palestinians in refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state a flash point issue threatening to derail US brokered peace talks

UNITED. Arab leaders, during the closing session of the Arab Summit in Kuwait City, said they are committed to supporting Arab states going through democratic transitions, and healing relations among the Arab countries to end divisions. Photo by Raed Qutena/EPA

Israel's Peres puts 'secret talks disguise' on Facebook

Mar 15, 2014 - 12:54 PM

The Israeli President turns to Facebook to encourage his fellow Israelis in celebrating Purim

Andres Bonifacio: Myths, trivia, execution

Nov 30, 2013 - 4:38 PM

Rappler compiles 10 facts about Andres Bonifacio you should know

Clooney Nazi art thriller due at Berlin film fest: organizers

Nov 09, 2013 - 9:32 AM

George Clooney stars in The Monuments Men a nazi era art thriller due early next year

Israel mooted West Bank barrier 'as Palestinian border'

Nov 05, 2013 - 11:16 PM

The Palestinians insist the talks be based on the lines that existed before the 1967 Six Day War

Over 700,000 mourn influential Israeli rabbi

Oct 08, 2013 - 7:51 AM

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef 93 wielded enormous influence but courted controversy with his outspoken views

HISTORIC FUNERAL. Hundreds of thousands of Ultra Orthodox Jews escort the body of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in a Porat Yosef Yeshiva near Mea Saarim l in Jerusalem, 07 October 2013. EPA/Abir Sultan

Pay it forward: Israel helps 'Maring' victims

Sep 14, 2013 - 3:02 PM

Israel helps victims of Maring still reciiprocating for what we once did for its people

HISTORIC TIES. Israel's mutual assistance with the Philippines goes back to Quezon's presidency

Pope Francis vows 'renewed collaboration' with Jews

Mar 14, 2013 - 11:48 PM

Pope Francis hopes he can contribute to renewing ties with the Jews in a letter to Rome s chief rabbi

POPE FRANCIS I. Argentina's low-profile cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio, is the new pope.

Life & Style wRap: Hitler's statue, Diana's photo, a dying lagoon

Jan 06, 2013 - 12:35 PM

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VIVA BRASIL! All eyes are on Rio de Janeiro as they prepare to host the 2016 Olympics. Image from the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Facebook page

'Now we have a state'

Dec 02, 2012 - 10:57 PM

Abbas returned to the West Bank 3 days after the UN granted Palestine non member status

'NOW WE HAVE A STATE.' Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the UN General Assembly on September 20, 2012. Photo from his Facebook page

France launches Twitter probe in content test case

Nov 28, 2012 - 9:29 PM

The investigation will focus on one specific message hoping to press charges punishable by up to one year in prison