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... Hamas Refuses Plea to Prove Israeli Is Alive... Jerusalem Post. June 26, 2011

This Saturday, June 25th, marks the fifth anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s kidnapping and day 1,825 that he has been held in total isolation by Hamas in the Gaza Strip .


WWII anti-Jewish pogrom commemorated in Romania... AFP. June 28, 2011

Iasi: Survivors and descendants of Jews killed during the Iasi pogrom in Romania on Tuesday attended ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of one of the worst single Holocaust massacres.

"We are here today next to the Iasi Synagogue, the oldest in Romania. We are inaugurating an obelisk which is a monument to remember the thousands of Jews slaughtered here at the end of June 1941", the president of the Iasi Jewish community, Abraham Ghiltan, said.

Between 13,000 and 15,000 Romanian Jews out of 45,000 living in the city of
Iasi at the time, were brutally murdered on the streets and asphyxiated in "death trains" between June 28 and July 6, 1941, according to historians.

The Romanian pro-nazi regime of Ion Antonescu gave the order for the massacre with the complicity of German troops.

"This is one of the most infuriating massacres of the Second World War", Paul Shapiro, director of the centre for advanced studies at the Holocaust museum in Washington told the audience.

"The Iasi pogrom is very important in the history of the Holocaust. It is a mass killing that takes place in the view of the public. So this established for the Romanians and for the Germans as well the fact that it was possible to murder people in front of their neighbours", Shapiro told AFP in an interview.

The method was used again in lots of places in Eastern Europe during World War II, from Ukraine to Belarus, he stressed

Betweeen 280,000 380,000 Romanian and Ukrainian Jews were murdered or died during the Holocaust in Romania and the territory under its control, accordingto an international commission of historians headed by the Nobel Prize for Peace, Elie Wiesel, himself a Romanian-born Jew.

Jewish bones found in medieval well in England.... JTA. June 28, 2011

Workers preparing ground for shopping mall in Norwich find bones of 17 people who DNA expert says all came from same Ashkenazi family

Berlin: Bones found in a medieval well in England are probably the remains of Jews murdered in the 12th century, forensic scientists say.

The burial site in Norwich is the only one of its kind ever found, according to the BBC, which in July will broadcast a documentary on the discovery.

Workers preparing the ground for construction of a shopping center discovered the bones of 17 individuals, including 11 children, in 2004. Archaeologist Giles Emery was called in to excavate the bones.

A team of scientists led by forensic anthropologist Sue Black of the University of Dundee's Centre for Anthropology and Human Identification analyzed the bones, and DNA expert Ian Barnes determined that the victims were all related, most probably coming from one Ashkenazi Jewish family.

"We certainly know about the persecution of the Jewish population that went on in that period, but it wasn't certain that it had happened in this particular area in Norwich," Caroline Wilkinson, who works in cranio-facial identification, told JTA

Wilkinson has reconstructed the faces of one adult and one child.

The scientists, who along with archaeological investigations also work on contemporary crime-scene forensics, have speculated that the individuals were thrown into the well -- victims of Jewish hatred that was rampant at the time.

Wilkinson said the well was discovered at the center of a known area of settlement.
"There are records of Jewish people being forced out of the area and of murders being blamed on Jews," she said, "but there was no concrete evidence of persecution until now."
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