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Israel slams Latvian show celebrating Nazi’s life

Israel’s Foreign Ministry slammed the production in Latvia of a show celebrating the life of alleged Nazi war criminal Herbert Cukurs. Titled Cukurs, Herbert Cukurs, the musical premiered earlier this month. The play is based on the life of the deputy commander of the Arajs Kommando force that participated in the near annihilation of Latvian Jewry after the Nazis invaded Latvia. Israel’s Mossad spy agency reportedly killed Cukurs in South America.

The Latvian government has criticized but not banned the privately produced work.

“Israel strongly condemns the production in Latvia of a musical that honors the memory of Latvian Nazi war criminal Herberts Cukurs,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which rarely comments on artistic endeavors that are not about Israel, said in a statement Oct. 23.

Efraim Zuroff, who heads the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said: “This is the first time in years that Israel has denounced the attempt to whitewash crimes against humanity in the Baltics, and it is a welcome step.” According to Holocaust survivors’ testimonies, Cukurs personally killed and tortured Jews, he added.

Many in the Baltic nations today view Nazi collaborators as national heroes because they fought the Russian army and Moscow’s grip on the region before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Ban: U.N. will probe weapons in its Gaza agencies

JERUSALEM – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said an independent board will look into the shelling of U.N. agencies during the Gaza conflict as well as instances in which weaponry was found on U.N. premises.

“Nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed in Gaza,” he told the Security Council on Tuesday, Oct. 21 “I saw mile after mile of wholesale destruction.” More than 100,000 residents of Gaza remain homeless with over 50,000 sheltering in U.N.-run school buildings, according to the United Nations.

Ban also visited the family of a 4-year-old Israeli boy killed by a Hamas rocket, as well as a tunnel dug by Hamas from Gaza to southern Israel.

During the Gaza operation, weapons stockpiles were found in three U.N. schools in Gaza.

“I fully understand the security threat to Israel from rockets above and tunnels below,” he said. “At the same time, the scale of the destruction in Gaza has left deep questions about proportionality.”

Ban called for “long-term stability in Gaza,” which he said requires “addressing the underlying causes of the conflict: an end to the occupation that has grinded on for nearly half a century, a full lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and effectively addressing Israel’s legitimate security concerns.”

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