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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.


E L Doctorow: The legacy of the American Dickens

By David Herman, July 22, 2015

“It was a terrible moment in my writing life,” wrote E L Doctorow about his breakthrough novel. “I literally threw the pages across the room. And then I sat down at the typewriter… and I found that what I was typing was the first page of The Book of Daniel.”


UK-Israel spat not what it seemed

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 22, 2015

In recent years, Israel-Britain ties have been extremely strong by historical standards. But last week they seemed to hit the rocks.

Any lingering hopes in the Israeli government that Britain would provide some internal opposition to the Iran deal within the P5+1 group of powers evaporated as the agreement was announced in Vienna on Tuesday morning.


Germans lead the charge for Iran contracts

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 22, 2015

After a long period in which Israel had pressed a wide international coalition to isolate Iran both diplomatically and financially, its leaders will now have to get used to the sight of some of their closest allies visiting Tehran.

The first to do so last weekend was German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who arrived at the head of a large delegation of business people eager to beat their West


Ex-Chasid, 30, jumps to her death in New York

By JC Reporter, July 22, 2015

A former Chasid jumped to her death from a rooftop bar in New York on Monday.

Faigy Mayer, 30, carried out the apparent suicide after climbing onto a ledge during a party on the roof of the 230 Fifth restaurant in the Flatiron District.

Ms Mayer grew up as a Belz Chasid in the Williamsburg community of Brooklyn, New York media outlets reported.