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Dermer attacks Huckabee’s ‘Holocaust’ comment on Iran deal

By Jessica Weinstein, July 28, 2015

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer has criticised Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for saying that President Barack Obama was using the Iran deal to march Israelis “to the door of the oven”.

“These are not words that I would use or that I think are appropriate,” Mr Dermer said in an interview this week.


Winds whip up large forest fire near Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2015

Israeli firefighters are battling to put out a “growing” blaze near Jerusalem.

The fire was ignited in the Beit Shemesh area, east of Jerusalem, on Friday afternoon.

Authorities have said that the fire, which started in the Ya’ar Ha’Nasi forest, is: “Growing at a tremendous rate due to strong winds”.


Chasidic student's poem goes viral

By Jessica Weinstein, July 24, 2015

A Chasidic girl from America’s feel-good, trick-of-the mind poem has gone viral.


Mariah Carey to stage first-ever Israeli show

By Jessica Weinstein, July 24, 2015

Mariah Carey has announced that she will be staging her first-ever Israeli show this summer.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Ms Carey said: “Shalom Israel, I will be coming to see you live on August 18, so come to see me! Shalom.”


Son's anguish over newly released evidence on executed 'spy' mother

By Helene Robitaille-Hidalgo, July 24, 2015

For much of their lives, Michael and Robert Meeropol, the sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were sentenced to death in 1953 after being convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, fought to have their parents' innocence recognised.

In particular, they always insisted that their mother was wrongfully convicted.


Uefa take point off Croatia for on-pitch swastika

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

The Croatian national football team has been docked a point after a swastika was displayed on the pitch before a European Championship qualifier.

The penalty is understood to be the most serious ever imposed by Uefa, the governing body of European football.


Seth Rogen to throw James Franco a barmitzvah

By Jessica Weinstein, July 23, 2015

Actor Seth Rogan has announced that he is to arrange a barmitzvah ceremony for fellow film star James Franco to raise money for charity.

"Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a barmitzvah,” Rogen said.


Billionaire funds search for alien life

By Jessica Weinstein, July 23, 2015

A Jewish billionaire is donating $100 million to answer the question we have been asking since the beginning of the past century - and certainly since ET cycled onto our screens in 1982: is there intelligent alien life out there?


Israeli hackers charged over one of ‘biggest ever’ cyber frauds

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2015

Two Israeli hackers have been charged with stealing millions of dollars in one of the biggest cyber frauds in history.

Gery Shalon, 31, and Ziv Orenstein, 40, were allegedly part of a three-man hacking gang that purchased blocks of practically worthless shares before illegally manipulating the market to gain at least $2.8m (£1.8m) in profit.


Nazi-hunter calls for arrest of Danish 90-year-old who was ‘SS member’

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2015

A leading Nazi-hunter has called on the Danish government to arrest a 90-year-old suspected war criminal.

Efraim Zuroff, Israel director of the Wiesenthal Centre, submitted a claim against Helmuth Leif Rasmussen, who now calls himself Helmuth Rasboel, on Tuesday afternoon.