Britain, EU: Iran drug comments 'racist and antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2012

Britain and the European Union have joined Israel in condemning the antisemitic comments made by a senior Iranian politician about drug addiction being a Zionist conspiracy.


No Zionist drug addicts: Latest crazy Iranian claim

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2012

The Iranian vice-president has claimed that no Zionists are addicted to drugs and were behind the Russian Revolution.

In a speech that was condemned as "antisemitic and conspiracy-laden" by the Anti-Defamation League, Mohammad Reza Rahimi accused the Talmud of "inciting global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities"


The health guru who leads the fight against lethal party drugs

By Lynne Franks, March 29, 2012

Lynne Franks: Tell me first about your early life.

Maryon Stewart: I was born in Clapton which officially makes me a Cockney. For some reason my mother ended up having me in the Mother's Home which was run by nuns. When I was born, apparently the nuns made her get down on the floor and pray because she was bringing me into the wicked world.


Israeli drug campaign uses Facebook timeline

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

An Israeli media agency has launched an eye-catching campaign for the Israel Anti-Drug Authority, imagining the Facebook history of a drug user compared with what would have happened if he had stayed clean.

McCann Digital Israel has used Facebook's latest redesign, the Timeline format, to show a year in pictures of the life of "Adam Barak".


Amy Winehouse Foundation launched on star's 28th birthday

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

A foundation dedicated to the memory of Amy Winehouse officially launches today on what would have been her 28th birthday .

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up by her father Mitch, who has previously advised the government on drug policy.


Amy Winehouse death not due to illegal drugs

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse did not have illegal drugs in her system when she died.

The Jewish singer, who died last month at the age of 27, had fought a high profile battle with addiction for several years.

But despite speculation about an overdose, a family spokesman said toxicology tests ruled out illegal drugs as a cause of death.


Amy Winehouse found dead at age 27

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2011

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27.

The Jewish musician, whose hits included Rehab and Back to Black, was found in her Camden flat on Saturday afternoon. The Metropolitan Police said her death was unexplained.

The star, who won five Grammy awards, three Ivor Novello awards and several Brit awards, received critical praise throughout her career.


John Galliano says sorry, heads to rehab

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Former Christian Dior designer John Galliano has apologised “unreservedly” for his comments following the emergence of a video in which he declared his love for Adolf Hitler.


Cocaine on the brain

By Simon Rocker, December 29, 2010

It is certainly one of the catchier titles among next year's books: Freud on Coke.

David Cohen, who published an account of Freud's flight from Nazi-occupied Vienna, The Escape of Sigmund Freud, last year, takes a more obscure episode for his new book: the psychoanalyst's early experiments with cocaine.

On the subject of Jews and narcotics, I could hardly ignore legendary Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richard's tribute to his cocaine supplier for many years, the late Freddie Sessler.


On this day: Corey Haim is born

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2010

Before Zac Efron, another Jewish actor was known all over the world as a teenage heartthrob. Corey Haim, star of Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys, Lucas and License To Drive.

Born in Toronto, Canada, the actor had an Israeli mother, Judy, and a Canadian-Jewish father Bernie. He was raised Jewish, although his parents divorced when he was eleven.