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Looted art sold to Nazis’ families after the war

By Toby Axelrod, June 29, 2016

Charged with returning Nazi-looted art to its proper owners or heirs, the Bavarian post-war administration actually returned some art to the Nazis who stole it, an investigation has revealed.


Former Auschwitz guard to appeal conviction for part in 170,000 murders

By Charlotte Oliver, June 28, 2016

A 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz who this month was sentenced to five years in jail is appealing his conviction.

Reinhold Hanning was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 prisoners at the Nazi death camp between 1942 and 1944.


The unlikely sweet spot in the fight against global jihad

By Orlando Radice, June 24, 2016

Draped along the edge of a hill overlooking the Hula Valley, the Israeli village of Metula occupies what appears to be an inadvisable position.

Just 300 yards from its community hall, past the security fence marking the border with Lebanon to the north, flutters a yellow Hizbollah flag.


Frum businessman ‘bribed police’

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

An Orthodox businessman has been accused of paying corrupt New York police officers thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing a "private police force".

Jeremy Reichberg, who is at the centre of the scandal, is suspected of bribing officers with cash, Super Bowl tickets, free flights to Las Vegas on a private jet and prostitutes in exchange for numerous police services.


Goering's pants fetch thousands in grisly auction

By Toby Axelrod, June 23, 2016

A huge trove of Nazi relics collected by the late American doctor John K Lattimer brought in 1.1 million euros in a five-hour auction in Munich last weekend, smashing early estimates.

The controversial sale on June 17 was shrouded in secrecy, since it is illegal in Germany to glorify the Nazi era.


Choosing a cause for his $1m Genesis Prize money is a 'challenge' for Itzhak Perlman

By Jessica Weinstein, June 22, 2016

Genesis Prize-winner Itzhak Perlman has said he will donate his $1m prize money to music education and helping people with disabilities, ahead of the ceremony in Jerusalem tonight where UK actress Helen Mirren will present him with the prize.


Israeli organisation makes fake Hamas video to urge Brexit

By Nathan Jeffay, June 22, 2016

Hamas militants summoned a press conference to urge Britain to stay in the EU — or so it seems, according to an Israeli-made spoof.

The Regavim organisation has made a video using footage from a Hamas media briefing, dubbing it with an anti-Brexit address.


Three charged in US after couple ‘paid debt with daughter’

By Sandy Rashty, June 21, 2016

American police have charged an ex-Amish couple for allegedly “gifting” their teenage daughter to a man.

Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus have been accused of giving their 14-year-old daughter to Lee Kaplan, 51, who is Jewish, after he helped save their farm by providing financial support four years ago.


Spanish town that used to be called ‘Kill the Jews’ gets Israeli twin

By JC Reporter, June 20, 2016

The ancient Spanish town known as ‘Camp Kill the Jews’ (Castrillo Matajudios) has twinned with the northern Israeli town of Kfar Vradim.

A delegation from Castrillo Matajudios – which changed its name last year and is now called ‘Jewish Hill Camp’(Castrillo Mota de Judios ) – arrived in Israel at the weekend for the ceremony linking the two towns.


Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin: from oppression in Russia to Hollywood

By Charlotte Oliver, June 20, 2016

Jewish actor Anton Yelchin, best known for appearing in the new Star Trek films, was killed on Sunday when accidentally hit by his own car at his home in Los Angeles, police have said.