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Mahmoud Abbas, enemy of Israel

October 23, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

For the past decade, ever since Mahmoud Abbas took the reins of the Palestinian Authority in January 2005, the international community has gone out of its way to portray him as a moderate.

Ignoring his long record of anti-Israel incitement and Holocaust denial, American presidents, European prime ministers and even various Israeli leaders often spoke of Abbas in glowing terms, describing him as a man of peace and a visionary.

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A Resurgence of Jew-Hatred in Hungary

October 21, 2014  •  HaModia

Straddling both sides of the Danube River, the city of Budapest has all the look and feel of a charming European metropolis.

Not surprisingly, with its ancient Roman ruins, narrow medieval streets and bustling cafes, the Hungarian capital has become a popular tourist destination.

Indeed, a visitor to Hungary could be forgiven for thinking that the country has shaken off its dark and sordid past from the 20th century and transformed itself into a tolerant and liberal Western democracy.

Unfortunately, that is far from being the case.

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The last Simhat Torah in the Warsaw Ghetto

October 15, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

It was the fall of 1942, and for the remaining Jews in Warsaw, the future looked bleak.

In July of that year, the Germans had begun carrying out large-scale deportations from the ghetto, dispatching more than a quarter of a million Jews to the death camp at Treblinka.

Adam Czerniakow, who had served as chairman of the Warsaw Judenrat (Jewish council), had committed suicide on July 23, swallowing a cyanide pill in his office rather than comply with Nazi demands to collaborate in the effective liquidation of the ghetto. The final entry in Czerniakow's diary stated simply, "I am powerless, my heart trembles in sorrow and compassion. I can no longer bear all this."

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Is rebuilding Gaza more important than halting Ebola?

October 14, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Sunday, some 50 nations from around the world gathered for a major donor conference aimed at raising billions of dollars to tackle what organizers described as an urgent humanitarian predicament.

A host of prominent figures, including UN Secretary- General Ban Ki Moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende all set aside time in their busy schedules to attend the gathering, underlining its importance to much of the international community.

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When Israel fought North Korea

October 7, 2014  •  Jerusalem Post

North Korea has been in the news of late as speculation mounts over the fate of its portly dictator, Kim Jong Un, who has not been seen in public for more than a month. In propaganda-mad Pyongyang, where Kim's visage is a constant presence, the tyrant's mysterious retreat from view has set off a spate of rumors ranging from illness to a coup.

Given the Hermit Kingdom's irascible record on the world stage, its blood-curdling threats against South Korea and the United States, as well as its nuclear arsenal, it is no wonder that the fate of its rotund ruler is being watched closely.

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