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Holocaust Remembrance, Rouhani, the EU, Rome and the Vatican

LisaIt would have better behooved Italian leaders to escort President Rouhani to a public commemoration of the Shoah, instead of escorting him on a touristic tour of the Colosseum, as they did.


Why is France Commemorating Holocaust with Iran's President?

SIMONE RODAN-BENZAQUENPerhaps President Rouhani wants to show the world that Iran has changed. We therefore propose that President Hollande invite his guest to join him in a visit to the Shoah (Holocaust) Memorial in Paris.


Countering Anti-Semitism Today

Rabbi Andrew Baker Let us make no mistake. This sense of uncertainty about a future in Europe does not bode well for either the Jewish community or for Europe itself.


Is Israel-Palestine the Key?

Lawrence GrossmanAchieving peace with the Palestinians is important to Israel for its own sake. But overselling it as the panacea for Middle East instability is a recipe for failure.


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