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PA Holocaust Libel: Israeli 'Nazi' Experiments on Prisoners

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Palestine Media Watch reports that the main Palestinian Authority newspaper is spreading a libel that Israel experiments, Nazi-style, on Arab prisoners.

The "report" in the April 17th Al-Hayat Al-Jadida accused Israel of attempting to "imitate the German Nazis... use prisoners as guinea pigs, for testing the weapons and the deadly drugs."


Palestinian Officials: Hamas Will Honor Truce with Israel

By VOA News

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas says it will honor an unofficial truce with Israel, now that the group has signed a reconciliation deal with rival Fatah.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal are scheduled to attend a ceremony Wednesday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to sign the unity deal. It is aimed at ending the divide that has left Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza with rival governments.

A group of smaller Palestinian factions, including the violent Islamic Jihad, signed the agreement Tuesday. It calls for the formation of an interim Palestinian government followed by presidential and legislative elections within a year.

Fatah officials say the new government will consist of technocrats who would have no say in whether to continue or end a security coordination agreement in effect between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Egypt has said it will help oversee implementation of the accord.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a last-minute appeal Tuesday for Abbas to cancel the agreement and "choose the path to peace with Israel." Last week, the Israeli leader said there was "no possibility for peace with both." Both Israel and the United States consider Hamas a terrorist group.

Netanyahu asked international Mideast envoy Tony Blair how his country could achieve peace with a government "half of which calls for the destruction of Israel and glorifies the murderous Osama bin Laden?"

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that when the new Palestinian government is formed, Washington will assess whether the U.S. can work with it. He warned that if Hamas wants to play a political role, it must renounce violence and recognize Israel.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the unity deal with Netanyahu and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad separately on Tuesday. Clinton said U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority will continue for now.


JDC Releases 500,000+ Searchable Holocaust-Era Names and Historic Photo Collections

By Israel Faxx News Services

For the first time in its history, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is making a collection of its historic records and photographs from the Holocaust period available online.

The website – http://www.jdc.org/sharedlegacy – enables the public, especially Holocaust survivors and their families, to perform searches for themselves or others they know on a database of more than 500,000 names and to view and identify photos from 14 countries where JDC operated during and after the war. This will help JDC, known to millions as "The Joint," fill in the blanks about its impact during this tumultuous time in Jewish history.

The website will allow users to search names the database compiled from historic documents and JDC client lists from operations in Barcelona, Shanghai, Kobe, Vilna, Australia, South America and the JDC Emigration Service in Vienna and Munich. A group of volunteer genealogists helped the JDC Global Archives create the database, and are adding new names each week.

Users can also explore and identify people they know in photo galleries of 1,500 photos from Austria, Belgium, China, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Lithuania, Portugal and Spain. JDC is also inviting the public to tag photos and share their JDC stories from this period in history. JDC was responsible for caring for hundreds of thousands of Jews in places from Cuba to Portugal during and after World War II.

With tens of thousands of documents and photographs from the Holocaust era drawn from JDC collections in New York and Jerusalem, this website aims to add personal stories to JDC's vast international archive. Every year, hundreds of Holocaust survivors, genealogists, academics, filmmakers and journalists conduct research in the JDC Global Archives.


U.S. Holocaust Museum and Ancestry.com Launch World Memory Project

By Israel Faxx News Services

The U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington DC and Ancestry.com announced the launch of the World Memory Project, www.WorldMemoryProject.org, which will recruit the public to help to build the world's largest online resource for information on Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.

The Museum's archives contain information on well over 17 million people targeted by Nazi racial and political policies, including Jews, Poles, Roma, Ukrainians, political prisoners, and many others. The Museum assists thousands of people worldwide every year that are searching for information about individuals in its collections. The World Memory Project will greatly expand the accessibility of the Museum's archival collection and enable millions of people to search for their own answers online.

The project will utilize proprietary software and project management donated by Ancestry.com, which hosts its own online archival project to expand its transcribed records collections. Once transcribed, the indices will be hosted exclusively on Ancestry.com and permanently free to search. The Museum will also provide copies of documents to survivors and their families at no cost. The original documentation will remain in the Museum's archival collection.


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