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Three killed as car crashes into Tel Aviv restaurant

By Josh Jackman, June 19, 2016

Three people have died and six were left injured after a car crashed into restaurant customers in Tel Aviv.

Alan Weinkrantz, president of a high-tech PR company, and 47-year-old Menashe Raz from Ashdod were among those killed on Saturday night.

The driver of the car, a 41-year-old from Ra’anana, was also killed.


Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning jailed for camp murders

By JC Reporter, June 17, 2016

A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard has been jailed for five years after being convicted of being an accessory to murder on 170,000 counts.

Former SS Sergeant Reinhold Hanning worked in the Nazi death camp between 1942 and 1944, and at a time when thousands of Hungarian Jews were gassed.

Hanning had maintained that he served in a part of the camp where gassings did not occur.


Germans think Jews have too much influence, finds study

By JC Reporter, June 17, 2016

Eleven per cent of Germans think Jews have too much influence in society, according to a new study.

One in 10 want a new Fuhrer to run Germany, with around six per cent believing that Hitler would have been regarded as a great leader were it not for the Holocaust.

Researchers from the University of Leipzig asked 2,240 Germans about far-right attitudes.


On-the-run rabbi faces extradition over sex charges

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, leader of one of the largest groups of Breslov Chassidim, is facing extradition from South Africa to Israel following a three-year odyssey in which he has evaded charges of sexual assault.


Aipac strikes over military cash

By Josh Jackman, June 16, 2016

The largest pro-Israel lobby in the United States has condemned the White House for rejecting an increase in funding for Israeli missile defence programmes.

Aipac said it was "deeply disappointed" with the Obama administration for criticising the House of Representatives' attempt to raise the amount available to Israel by an extra £320 million next year.

The organisation said programmes inc


Avram Grant's passport to Polish past

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Avram Grant, the former Chelsea manager, has adopted the Polish nationality of his family who were forced to flee Nazi occupation in 1939.

Mr Grant received a Polish passport during a private ceremony at the country's embassy in London on Monday.


Young French communities fighting back

By Shirli Sitbon, June 16, 2016

Amid terror attacks, widespread antisemitism and spiralling aliyah, communal leaders say that adversity is actually bringing many French Jews closer together.

"We have about 15,000 members, a number that's been stable for years, but recent events have made people closer to the community.


Curb Your Enthusiasm is back on HBO

By JC Reporter, June 15, 2016

It’s pretty, pretty good news for fans of the cult TV comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David is back - after five years.

The ninth series of the show, created by and starring the creator of Seinfeld, last aired in 2011, and as yet does not have a premiere date.


Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish leaders condemn Orlando mass-shooting

By Sandy Rashty, June 14, 2016

Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the terror attack at a lesbian and gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured in the early hours of Sunday morning.


Deep in Madagascar, converts arise from a cold river mikveh

By Debbie Josefson, June 13, 2016

June 3 marked the 76th anniversary of the Madagascar Plan. Conceived as an alternative means to achieving the Final Solution, the plan called for the mass-deportation of European Jewry to Vichy-controlled Madagascar, where those who did not die en route would be exterminated far from the prying eyes of the international community.