Tag: Holocaust

Sorry Rashida Tlaib: Israel Was Not a Consolation Prize for Jews After the Holocaust

Jubilant residents celebrate in Tel Aviv with what would become the Israeli flag after the United Nations decision to approve the partition of Palestine Nov. 29, 1947. (Hans Pins/Israeli Government Press Office via Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Recent assertions made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib regarding the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel have no foundation in the historical record.

In this imagined version of history, after the Holocaust, the Jews were awarded a consolation prize — the establishment of Israel — at the expense of those already living…

Steny Hoyer Comes to Rashida Tlaib’s Defense on Holocaust Comments

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Steny Hoyer, a pro-Israel stalwart in Congress and the House majority leader, came to the defense of fellow Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who has come under attack because of her remarks on the Holocaust.

“If you read Rep. @RashidaTlaib’s comments, it is clear that President Trump and…

San Francisco’s Transit System Accepts Ad From Known Holocaust-denying Group

(JTA) — The Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco accepted an ad from the Institute for Historical Review, a known Holocaust-denying group.

The ad, which shows a map of the world overlaid with the words “History Matters” and the name of the group, will run through the month of September on digital boards in two BART stations, J. The Jewish News of Northern California reported.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost told the newspaper that as a governmental agency, BART cannot reject ads based solely on the identity of the advertiser. While it can refuse ads based on language and…

Ben Kingsley carried a photo of Elie Wiesel with him while filming ‘Operation Finale’

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Ask Ben Kingsley about why he was keen to portray Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann in the new film “Operation Finale” and he describes the traumatic childhood incident in which he first learned about the Holocaust.

The 74-year-old British actor was then in grammar school and at home alone when he turned on a documentary about the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

“I remember my heart stopped beating for a while,” Kingsley, who is not Jewish but believes he may have some Jewish relatives on his mother’s side, said in a telephone interview. “I nearly…

Nazi Camp Guard Jakiw Palij Deported From US to Germany

A former guard at a Nazi concentration camp was deported to Germany overnight from the United States, where he had lived for decades.

Jakiw Palij, 95, had lived in Queens, New York. He served as a guard at the Trawniki concentration camp near Lublin, Poland, during World War II, and may face prosecution in Germany for his actions.

Members of New York’s congressional delegation last year urged the Trump administration to deport Palij, whose citizenship was revoked in 2003 based on his wartime activities, human rights abuses and immigration fraud, NBC reported. A federal court also ruled that he had…