Strange but true

Biblical Israel experienced on a wireless donkey

By Jennifer Lipman, August 22, 2012

A quintet of donkeys in northern Israel have been fitted with wireless routers in an unusual bid to boost tourism.

Visitors to Kfar Kedem in the Galilee region are given a taste of ancient biblical life as they tour the area on the backs of the animals.


When going undercover meant sleeping with Arafat’s wife

By Orlando Radice, August 17, 2012

In 2004, during the Second Intifada, Israeli intelligence officers invited two journalists to a cafe to discuss corruption stories involving Yassir Arafat, with a view to smearing the then-Palestinian Authority leader.

As the conversations got going, a third, uninvited journalist dropped in to the café on a tip-off that the meeting was taking place.


Adolf Hitler in Blackpool golf course art show

By Anna Sheinman, August 14, 2012

Adolf Hitler is one of the controversial features of a new art show in Blackpool. The image of the Nazi leader, unveiled on Saturday, acts as part of a notional crazy golf course – when a player hits a shot on target, the figure says "No! No! No!" and raises its arm in a Nazi salute.


The Jewish Olympic gold medal horse

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2012

For one Jewish couple, London's golden Olympics had a special lustre this week.

Emma and Michael Phillips are joint owners of Triple X, one of the horses that jumped to victory in the team showjumping event on Monday.


Frum glasses so Charedi men can't stare at immodest women

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2012

The Charedi community has long been known for taking a different look at the mainstream world, and now it appears they might actually be using a different lens.

According to reports in the Israeli media, blurred glasses are the latest trend among Charedi men in Israel, who are using them to prevent them accidentally looking at skimpily dressed women inappropriately.


Rabbi reburied to be with more frum neighbours

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2012

The family of a Charedi rabbi who died in 2004 have had his body exhumed because they felt those buried around him were inappropriate neighbours.

The family reportedly received rabbinic approval to move the body, which was buried at the Sanhedria cemetery on the Mount of Olives.


Meet Canada's Jewish beach volleyball star

By Jennifer Lipman, July 30, 2012

Throughout history, Jews have not been known for athletic prowess. But the London 2012 Olympic Games, which opened on Friday night, have revealed one sport where a Jewish player has at least a chance of excelling.

Josh Binstock, who helped his team beat Great Britain at Saturday's first round match, is one of Canada's top beach volleyball players.


Kosher food at the London Olympics — it's a secret

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

Spectators hoping to buy kosher food at London 2012 may face an Olympian effort to locate their meals.

Strict rules on advertising at the Olympics means companies providing kosher meals cannot promote their products or tell Jewish spectators where the food will be available.

Kosher food producer Hermolis is among the companies contracted to create special meals during the Games.


Baby with Hitler moustache used in advert

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

Given the popularity of cats that look like Hitler and houses that appear to be sporting the Fuhrer's moustache, it was only a matter of time before entertainers appropriated the image for their own use.


Omar Sharif: reports of my conversion to Kabbalah are greatly exaggerated

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2012

The Doctor Zhivago actor Omar Sharif has denied rumours that he has converted to Kabbalah and is no longer a Muslim.

A spokesman for the star of Lawrence of Arabia said the claim, made in an Egyptian newspaper, that he had adopted the form of Jewish mysticism had no truth to it.