Israel's leaders mourned the death of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz who became one of the world’s foremost witnesses and humanitarians, and eulogized him as the embodiment of the human spirit that shined bright in the face of evil and darkness.
Sharansky – speaking at an event hosted by the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based think tank specializing in strategy and defense issues – was putting the recent terrorist attacks into the broader context of the distinction between “free societies” and “fear societies.”
Some 200 Jews have been secretly rescued from Yemen by the Jewish Agency in recent years, including several dozen in recent months, as attacks against the Jewish community have increased and the country has descended into civil war.
Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint Arab List, refused to address a meeting of an umbrella body representing 50 American Jewish organizations because the meeting was held at premises shared by the Jewish Agency for Israel and other “Zionist entities.”
French PM Manuel Valls believes French Jewry should remain and vows to fight for their future, but Israeli leaders call on European Jews to move to Israel. Hundreds of French Jews attended an aliyah fair on Sunday.