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Hamas fires over 150 rockets at Israel

Jerusalem Day was overshadowed by rocket sirens and explosions as Hamas claimed responsibility for striking the country’s capital and targets across the south, while the IDF said it bombed a number of the terrorist group’s positions in the Gaza Strip in response.

The Guardian says supporting the Balfour Declaration in 1917 was “a mistake”

An article in the British newspaper the Guardian implied that its editorial support of the Balfour Declaration in 1917 had been "a mistake."

Domino effect: Canada announces Durban IV boycott after U.S. and Australia

Canada will not take part in events marking the 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, known as Durban IV, because of the antisemitism and anti-Israel nature of the original event.

Rabbi Avraham Hamra, last chief rabbi of Syria, dies at 78

Rabbi Avraham Hamra, a major leader in the Syrian Jewish community and the last chief rabbi of the country, died in Israel at the age of 78.

Tripadvisor removes “fun for the family” Auschwitz Museum review

Tripadvisor has removed a review that called the Auschwitz Museum "fun for the family," after backlash and a complaint by the museum.

Australia to skip anti-Israel Durban Conference

Australia will not participate in upcoming events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed.

Former Commissioner appointed as Special Envoy for promotion of freedom of religion or belief

Former European Commissioner Christos Stylianides has been appointed as as Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU.

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EJC expresses support for Israel as it is being attacked

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) expresses its full solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel as the country continues to suffer rocket bombardment and attacks from Hamas terrorists.

EJC says latest rise in far-Right incidents in Germany should raise alarm

The European Jewish Congress expresses alarm at the latest figures released by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer which show that the number of crimes committed by far-Right extremists in Germany rose last year to its highest level since WWII.

EJC mourns Mount Meron tragedy victims

The European Jewish Congress and all its communities are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the terrible tragedy at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at Mount Meron in Israel, where thousands of people had gathered to celebrate Lag Ba’Omer.