World news roundup: 70 years on, Audi reveals Nazi deal

World news roundup: 70 years on, Audi reveals Nazi deal

Audi reveals wartime partnership with Nazis, hotline for Ukrainian Jews and anti-Semitic attacks in Tunisia.

audiThe latest Jewish news from around the globe:

  • Ukraine

Reports of a Jewish exodus from the fighting in Ukraine have been rubbished by Jewish organisations and groups working in the country. It comes as the Jewish Agency for Israel set up a hotline for Ukrainian Jews wishing to move to Israel. The hotline streamlines the immigration process.

  • Germany 

The German automaker Audi has revealed that it struck a deal with the Nazi SS which saw 3,700 concentration camp inmates forced to work in its factories during World War II. It comes after the company commissioned a report to better understand it activities under Nazi Germany.

  • Canada

The City of Ottawa has refused to pull the plug on an exhibition by a Palestinian artist that captures ‘Palestine and its military occupation by Israel.’ Protests had been registered by Israel’s ambassador, Rafael Barak, who described ‘the problematic nature of the exhibit’ to the city’s mayor.

  • Moldova

Up to 400 of Moldova’s few thousand Jews have gathered for the country’s second Limmud conference, two years after the inaugural event. Organiser Elena Roitman said: ‘Limmud 2012 rekindled interest in Jewish life here, but then it subsided. I hope this year it will have a cumulative effect.’

  •  Tunisia

A second member of the 2,000-strong Jewish community of the Tunisian island of Djerba has been stabbed in a marketplace, barely a month after another such incident occurred. It follows Israeli security advice to Jewish pilgrims not to visit the island’s El Ghriba synagogue for fear of terrorist attacks.

  • United States

Students at Chicago Catholic university DePaul approved a divestment resolution targeting Israel. Almost 2,000 students voted to adopt ‘socially responsible investment practices and divest funds from companies that profit from Israel’s discriminatory practices and human rights violations.’

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