Strange but true

Singing card causes Israeli bank bomb scare

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

A bomb-scare at the Manhattan headquarters of an Israeli bank turned out to be nothing more than a joke birthday card.

The Bank Hapoalim building was evacuated earlier today because of fears that it had been targeted by extremists.

However police, investigating what had set the alarm off, found that the “suspicious package” was actually a musical greeting card.

Security staff raised the alert due to the lack of return address given and a spelling mistake on the address.


Jewish mother matchmaking site launches

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

The stereotype of the Jewish mother meddling in her children’s love-lives has moved one step closer to the truth.

A site allowing Jewish mothers to pick potential sons and daughters-in-law has launched in Kentucky in the United States. was set up by Danielle Weisberg and her brother Brad at the end of last year, after their mother Barbara got involved in his online dating search.

After Mrs Weisberg found ten potential partners for her son in two hours, the siblings decided the idea would be worth expanding.


Lord Sugar, Borat or David Miliband for next chief rabbi?

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

Lord Sugar has more chance of being chosen as the next chief rabbi than Borat, according to Paddy Power.

The news that Lord Sacks is to step down in 2013 has prompted the UK bookmaker to suggest some potential replacements.

Rabbi Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue has been given the best odds, with 6 to 4 that he will be picked.

But other high-profile Jewish leaders, including Mill Hill rabbi Yitzchak Schochet and six others — tipped as candidates by the JC — have also received favourable odds.


Pastor blames Australian floods on Rudd's Israel views

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

An Australian pastor has blamed the country’s former prime minister for causing devastating floods because of his stance on Israel.

At least 20 people have died and many more been injured, while thousands have been left homeless as a result of the flash flooding that has hit the northeastern Australian state of Queensland.

Daniel Nalliah, who two years ago explained bushfires in Victoria in terms of the state’s abortion law, said he had been reminded “that every time America went against Israel, there was disaster in the land”.


Mossad vulture free to fly away

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2011

A vulture captured by Saudi Arabian authorities on suspicion it was a Mossad spy is to be returned to the wild.

The bird, detained last week, was equipped with a GPS transmitter because it was part of an environmental research project.

Prince Bandar bin Saud Al Saud, the head of the Saudi wildlife agency, told local media that tests had proved that the bird had been incorrectly identified as a delegate of Israel’s intelligence agency.

He said: “The system tied to its feet is traceable by satellites to know birds’ emigration movements and how they feed.


'Hitler' the insubordinate Nazi saluting dog

By Jennifer Lipman, January 7, 2011

A Nordic dog who answered to the name Hitler and was trained to make a Nazi salute was the subject of a high-level investigation by the German foreign office during the Holocaust.

Newly unearthed files have revealed that the paranoid German government saw the ability of Finnish businessman Tor Borg’s pet Jackie to make the Heil Hitler salute as an insult to the Nazi leader.

In 1941 Mr Borg was summoned to the German embassy in Helsinki to explain, while Finnish diplomats were commanded to compile evidence on the creature’s exploits.


Zvika the rollerskating Israeli turtle

By Jennifer Lipman, January 7, 2011
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Plucky turtle Zvika suffered a fractured spine and damage to his hind legs, but a group of Israeli vets were on hand to save the day. They have given the creature a set of training wheels to help him move around easily.


Israel: Mossad vulture part of academic study

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Israeli authorities have said that a bird captured by Saudi Arabia on suspicion of being a Mossad spy is part of an academic study.

Less than a month after the governor of South Sinai accused the Israeli intelligence organisation of orchestrating a fatal shark attack in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Saudi officials have seized a vulture equipped with a GPS chip.

According to reports in the Israeli media the bird was discovered after it flew into Saudi territory, at which point concerned residents alerted security officials.


Hall of Infamy: Walid Muhammad Hajj

December 24, 2010

"The most common method to wear down the brothers was witchcraft.

"There were, of course, Jews among the [staff of] the Guantanamo Base, and they would set traps for the guys...They would use all kinds of witchcraft against the guys."


The strangest Jewish stories of the year

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

So unbelievable they just have to be true.

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