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Bloomberg mulls presidential bid as independent but ‘won’t run against Clinton’

By Josh Jackman, January 25, 2016

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering a run as an independent candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

It is understood the billionaire businessman, who holds both conservative and liberal views, has told advisers he is willing to spend up to $1 billion (£700m) if he chooses to run.


Israeli passes the Penelope Cruz test to become first Spanish citizen under new law

By Jessica Weinstein, January 25, 2016

A man from Haifa will become the first Israeli to be granted Spanish citizenship under a new law that grants descendants of Jews forced out the during the Spanish Inquisition the right to take up dual citizenship.


Antisemitic views ignored by Euro-leaders, Israeli report claims

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2016

European Union leaders are systematically ignoring antisemitic views held by their citizens, a new report presented to the Israeli government today warns.


Merkel; antisemitism more 'widespread' than thought

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged strong action against antisemitism, stating that it is more widespread than imagined.

In her weekly podcast yesterday, she said that "antisemitism is more pervasive than we imagine and that we must act intensively against it," according to Israeli media.


Germany to try Auschwitz medic accused of murdering 3,600

By JC Reporter, January 18, 2016

Germany is to try a former Auschwitz paramedic, who is accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 3,681 people.

Hubert Z, 95 - whose last name is being withheld due to Germany’s privacy laws - was a Nazi SS officer at Auschwitz between October 1943 and January 1944.

The Guardian reports that he was one of the death camp’s paramedics from 15 August to 14 September 1944.


Salute to the Jewish general who liberated 60 million Muslims

By Kapil Komireddi , January 18, 2016

One of the tragic ironies of history is that Pakistan, a country created explicitly to safeguard Muslims from predatory non-Muslims, perpetrated in 1971 the single-largest massacre of Muslims since the birth of Islam.


Only 'Zionists and warmongers' against Iran's new nuclear deal, says Rouhani

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has praised his new nuclear deal with world powers as a “golden page” in the country’s history - adding that it was only opposed by “Zionists and warmongers”.


‘We can buy you and put you in ovens’, French embassy intern tells Israeli

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

A prestigious French university has expelled a student for making antisemitic remarks on social media.

Kuwaiti Amira Jumaa is the first student to be expelled from Sciences Po since the institution was founded in 1872.


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.


Annotated Mein Kampf sells out in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, January 15, 2016

The new, annotated edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, released to bookstores last Friday, sold out the very same day.

The publisher, Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History, told the JC it had published 4,000 copies of the two-volume edition, but that the book could be reprinted on demand.