International News

Amid neo-Nazi surge, Jewish groups applaud Greece’s Holocaust denial ban
BY Gavin Rabinowitz/JTA
October 1, 2014

ATHENS, Greece — Jewish groups say the passage of a bill banning Holocaust denial and imposing harsher penalties for hate speech is an important milestone in the fight against Greece’s rising neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.   “This comes very late but not too late,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said. Greece’s parliament passed the CONTINUE »

In Israel’s poorest schools, teachers improvise fixes for funding shortfalls
BY Ben Sales/JTA
October 1, 2014

OFAKIM, Israel — In 2008, Asher Nachmani wanted to buy a computerized blackboard for his classroom, but the elementary school where he teaches technology in this low-income town didn’t have the money.   So Nachmani built one himself.   He downloaded a free program from the Internet, bought a controller for a Nintendo Wii video CONTINUE »

Haifa’s Rambam hospital treats, protects, innovates in the face of looming danger
BY Alina Dain Sharon/
October 1, 2014

Not unexpectedly, southern Israel suffered more than other areas of the Jewish state during this summer’s conflict with Hamas. Yet, up in northern Israel, 30 doctors from the Haifa-based Rambam Health Care Campus (RHCC) were drafted into the Israel Defense Forces. “Israel is a small country, so everything affects you whether you are in the CONTINUE »

Breast cancer prevention has an ally in genetic testing
BY Allie Freedman and Suzanne Pollak
October 1, 2014

Baltimorean Jill Mull was just 32 when she learned she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. The young Jewish mother of twins was hoping the mark on her breast was simply a cyst, but a checkup resulted two days later in a lumpectomy. “I had five surgeries in a year and nine months and CONTINUE »

At Canada’s new human rights museum, should the Holocaust get special treatment?
BY Josh Tapper/JTA
September 29, 2014

TORONTO — On the fourth floor of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visitors will find a gallery called “Examining the Holocaust,” which is devoted entirely to the story and lessons of the Shoah. On the same floor, in a smaller, adjacent space, a gallery called “Breaking the Silence” examines a cluster of five CONTINUE »