Poland, the country on whose soil Nazi Germany carried out the darkest acts of the Holocaust, is starting to re-connect with its other role in Jewish history, as a home for 1,000 years to one of the world’s biggest Jewish communities.The country will take a step in that direction next week with the opening of the main exhibition at Warsaw’s newly built Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a project that sets out to remember not just how Jews in Poland died, but how they lived. Poland’s effort to reach out to its Jewish heritage, tentative and incomplete though it is, contrasts with the mood in other parts of Europe, where Jewish groups say Jews are subject to hostility and sometimes violent attacks.Some in the Jewish community say Poland — site during the German occupation of the Warsaw ghetto and the Auschwitz, Treblinka and Sobibor camps where millions of Jews were killed — is now more welcoming than many western European countries. “When you take into account that Jews are being beaten up in the streets in Germany or France or Scandinavia, you even have synagogues being burned down, murders — we don’t have any of that,” said Piotr Kadlcik, vice-president of the Jewish community of Warsaw, one of the country’s biggest Jewish groups.”I think that right now it’s safer to walk around Warsaw in a yarmulke than it is in certain neighbourhoods in Paris.” On May 24, a man with a Kalashnikov rifle walked into a Jewish museum in Brussels and killed three people, while in July people protesting against Israel’s military operation in Gaza clashed with riot police outside two Paris synagogues.Incidents like that have created a climate of fear among Europe’s Jews, even though some data from Jewish groups point to a decline last year in the number of anti-Semitic acts recorded in Britain and France.

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Amid hostile environment in Europe, Poland reaches out to its Jewish heritage with Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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Part 3 of 3: Anti-Semitism has a long history in Europe. But Jews are feeling increasingly threatened by what they see as a new wave of prejudice – brewed in part by burgeoning extremism in Muslim communities.

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Smoke and Stones: Clashes rock Jerusalem at Friday prayers The Old City of Jerusalem saw clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces on Friday, as prayers were taking place at a Muslim holy site. West Bank city of Hebron also witnessed… By: RT

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Israeli Defense Minister to Discuss Iran, ISIS With Chuck Hagel Getty Images Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon, right, chats with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a recent visit. Published October 19, 2014

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Forza Nuova Speech In A Mosque In Palestine Free our muslim brothers in palestine.

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JERUSALEM, Oct. 14 (UPI) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Jerusalem, Israel and Ramallah, West Bank, and was critical of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory. “I am very concerned about the recent announcement of plans to advance settlements in east Jerusalem, which are in clear violation of international law.

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Jewish ‘Price Tag’ Extremist Blamed for Nablus Arson getty images Hate Crime: Muslim clerics stand next to anti-Arab graffiti scrawled outside a West Bank mosque that was firebombed by Jewish exremists. Published October 14, 2014.

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West Bank Mosque Torched in Racist Attack

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(MENAFN – QNA) Israeli occupation authorities today closed the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslim worshippers under the pretext of the advent of the so-called Jewish Sukkot holiday. Directorate of Endowments in Hebron said the occupation authorities closed the Ibrahimi Mosque which will remain closed tomorrow to Muslim worshippers under the pretext of Jewish holidays and deemed lawful or permissible all halls of the mosque for the settlers to pray in them, considering that a flagrant infringement upon the freedom of worship in the mosque for Muslims. With this procedure, the occupation forces obstructed the movement of Palestinian citizens in markets and the old town of Hebron, tightened measures at checkpoints and closed roads leading to the mosque from Bab Al-Zawia neighbourhood in the centre of Hebron into the heart of the old town and the Ibrahimi mosque and ran foot patrols to secure access to the mosque and the old town.

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Israeli authorities are imposing wide-ranging closures on the West Bank and Gaza throughout the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, limiting the movement of Palestinians just as the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival begins.The closures began at midnight on Thursday and last until Saturday midnight, massively limiting the movement of all Palestinians in and out of the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the duration of the holiday. The only possible exceptions that could be made, an Israeli military statement said, would be for humanitarian and medical needs, although the closure of government offices during the same time could present difficulties to those seeking to utilize the exceptions. Israel routinely seals the Palestinian territories during Jewish holidays, depriving Palestinians of the freedom of movement and cutting them off from family and work inside Israel.This year’s closure, however, is particularly controversial, as the somber Yom Kippur day of repentance overlaps with the joyous Eid al-Adha festival, celebrated by millions of Palestinian Muslims

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Israel imposes strict closures across Palestine for Yom Kippur

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Israel is on high alert over fears of possible violent clashes as two of the most important holidays in the Jewish and Muslim religions overlap for the first time in 30 years.

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