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Fashion brothers celebrate as Mexican drug lord sparks stampede for shirt design

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2016

The brothers who made the shirts worn by drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán during his meeting with Hollywood actor Sean Penn have seen sales skyrocket.

Sam and Shawn Esteghbal, Jewish Iranians who live in Los Angeles, co-own Barabas, the store which sells the $128 (£89) tops favoured by the Mexican billionaire criminal.


Son of Saul Shoah film nominated for an Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 14, 2016

Holocaust film Son of Saul has been nominated for an Academy Award, it was announced on Thursday.

The Hungarian production, which has already won a Golden Globe and a Grand Prix honour from Cannes during the awards season.

It was first shown in Britain at the UK Jewish Film Festival in November.


New York state mulls anti-boycott bill

By Josh Jackman, January 5, 2016

New York’s state government is considering a bill that would stop the state from hiring or investing in companies which boycott Israel.

Both houses of the New York State Legislature have begun examining the bipartisan bill, which would also involve dropping any pro-boycott companies currently in the pay of the state.


Orthodox modernising row goes global

By Simon Rocker, November 19, 2015

European rabbis have waded into a dispute that threatens to fracture American Orthodoxy.

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) voted last week to blackball graduates of a New York yeshivah at the centre of a row over its modernising tendencies.


Netanyahu woos America

November 12, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Jews across the globe to unite to "secure the Jewish state" on Tuesday at the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Washington.


Death order for Kansas white supremacist killer

November 12, 2015

A white supremacist who fatally shot three people outside two Jewish sites in Kansas last year has been sentenced to death.

Frazier Glenn Miller, a 74-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader, went on a shooting rampage in April 2014 in front of two different Jewish community buildings in Overland Park.


How liberal are US Jews? Very, says poll

By Simon Rocker, November 12, 2015

American Jews remain strongly liberal in their political and social views, a new study has confirmed.

While 43 per cent of Christians vote Republican and 40 per cent Democrat, the figure for religiously identifying Jews is 64 per cent Democrat and 26 per cent Republican, according to the Pew Centre's 2014 survey of the American religious landscape.


Donald Trump praises Israel's separation barrier

By Josh Jackman, November 11, 2015

Donald Trump has called Israel’s separation barrier a success while discussing his plan to erect a wall across the US-Mexico border.

Speaking at the Republican presidential debate on Tuesday, the billionaire frontrunner once again outlined his plan to repatriate all 11 million undocumented Mexican immigrants.


Looking for best arguments to defend Israel? There’s an app for that

By Josh Jackman, November 9, 2015

A former Nasa engineer has created the first Israel advocacy app, with the aim of promoting the Jewish State outside its usual circles of support.


America's Orthodox authority bans female rabbis - and that's official

By Simon Rocker, November 5, 2015

The battle over Orthodox women rabbis has intensified in the United States over the past week after the traditionalist rabbinate stepped up its opposition.