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South African trade unionist ordered to apologise for antisemitic hate speech

A senior South African trade unionist called for Jewish lives to be made “hell,” among other incendiary remarks, and eight years later he is being taken to task for his words. Bongani Masuku, international relations spokesperson for the Congress of South African Trade Unions, was ordered by a Johannesburg court on Thursday to apologise to the South African...

Pope defrocks paedophile priest who claimed abuse was part of ancient Jewish ritual

Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, reversing an earlier decision to reduce his punishment, the diocese at the heart of the scandal said on Wednesday. Mauro Inzoli, 67, was defrocked in 2012 after he was first accused of paedophilia, but that decision was reversed in 2014, when Pope Francis...

US Congress Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Antisemitism applauds European Parliament Adoption of Working Definition of Antisemitism

In a letter addressed to the Chair of the European Parliament’s (EP) Working Group on Antisemitism (WGAS) Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar MEP, members of the Bipartisan Taskforce for combating antisemitism expressed their congratulations to the WGAS’ members for their hard work in building support for the recently adopted EP Resolution on combating antisemitism. The letter signed by over...

OSCE stresses importance of freedom of belief in maintaining peace and security

Freedom of religion or belief, tolerance and non-discrimination are essential to ensuring peace and security in the OSCE region, participants said at the opening of a two-day OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting in Vienna last week. The Meeting, organised by the OSCE’s 2017 Austrian Chairmanship and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), brought together...

ICC judges visit Auschwitz-Birkenau

The International Criminal Court announced on Monday that for the first time, its judges went as a group to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. The judges “paid their respect to the victims of the concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which serves as a sombre reminder of the importance of the court’s mandate to fight impunity for the perpetrators of such atrocities” in...

Iran holds annual anti-Israel rallies, displays missiles

Iran staged anti-Israel rallies across the country on Friday, with protesters condemning Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "Death to Israel", as the powerful Revolutionary Guard displayed its ballistic missiles, including the type used this week in Syria. Marchers in Tehran headed from various points of the city toward the Friday prayer ceremony at Tehran University campus...