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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, June 25, 2017


The lower house of Austria’s parliament, the National Council, has adopted amendments to the 122-year-old Israelitengesetz that governs relations of the Austrian state with the country’s Jewish community. For the first time, the Israelite Religious Community (IKG) and its subsidiaries such as Jewish schools will enjoy legal autonomy and be given more competencies, such as full control over Jewish cemeteries.

The revised law also safeguards the right of Jews to kosher food in state institutions such as the military. It grants every Jew the right to observe Jewish holidays and gives the IKG full autonomy to provide certain services, e.g. to seniors and the sick.

All parties except the extreme-right Freedom Party voted for the new law. IKG

His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell of Australia—not a big fan of the Jews.The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a statement last week expressing its strong disapproval of remarks by Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic in Australia.  In a televised debate with Richard Dawkins, the Cardinal spoke of the “little Jewish people” who had made little contribution in the ancient world. “We don't need to exaggerate their contribution in their early days. They weren't intellectually the equal of [the Egyptians or Persians]. They were originally shepherds. They were

The modern-day Günter Grass, portrayed here in a uniform that may resemble the one worn during his service in World War II. (JV PHOTO COMPOSITE)Following some incendiary remarks he made about Israel and its nuclear arsenal in a recent poem, celebrated writer and Nobel Laureate Günter Grass has been declared a persona non grata and effectively denied entrance to the Jewish State. The response from the international community to this decision by prominent Israeli officials has bifurcated into two streams, as some feel the ex-Nazi was given appropriate treatment while others say banning Grass signifies the provinciality of political

Former PA chief Ahmed QureiAhmed Qurei, former prime minister (2003-5, 2005-6) of the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA), senior Fatah official, head of the PLO’s Department of Jerusalem Affairs, and former speaker of the Palestinian legislature, has called for a “one state solution” - the replacement of Israel by a single Arab/Muslim-dominated state.

In a recent article, Qurei wrote that the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel had “died” and that the PA should consider openly a one-state solution, as

Every country is entitled to choose its own capital, the Israeli foreign ministry said in response to a U.S. refusal to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A recent U.S. State Department press release said that Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Kathleen Stephens will visit the Middle East, specifically to “Algeria, Qatar, Jordan, Jerusalem, and Israel,” thus identifying Jerusalem and Israel as separate entities.

The wording was eventually changed to “Jerusalem and Tel