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Animal rights activists campaign against chicken-swinging in New York

By JC Reporter, September 30, 2015

The strictly Orthodox custom of swinging a chicken around one’s head as a way of purging sin ahead of Yom Kippur was the subject of protests and lawsuits in the US during this year’s High Holy Days.


French school made Jewish and Muslim pupils wear red discs

By Naomi Firsht, September 27, 2015

A French school has sparked outrage by making Jewish and Muslim pupils wear red discs around their necks to indicate to canteen workers that they do not eat pork.

Piedalloues primary school in Auxerre, central France gave red discs to children who did not eat pork and yellow discs to non-meat eaters.


Israeli army officer suspended over alleged assault on journalists

By Naomi Firsht, September 27, 2015

The Israeli army has suspended the officer in charge during an incident filmed on video in which two journalists were seemingly assaulted by IDF soldiers in the West Bank.

Soldiers appeared to assault two Agence France Presse journalists, steal their equipment and destroy it.


School to pay £500k in sex abuse lawsuit

By Henry Benjamin, September 24, 2015

A woman alleged to have been sexually abused by the principal of a strictly Orthodox Jewish day school in Melbourne has been awarded £588,000 in damages.

Hadassah Ehrlich sued Adass Yisroel School alleging that headmistress Malka Leifer abused her from 2002, when she was 15.

Ms Ehrlich's two sisters, who also attended the school, claim they were also abused by Leifer.


Turkey is fanning Europe’s refugee crisis, say Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2015

Senior Israeli diplomatic sources say that the Syrian refugee crisis is being deliberately worsened by Turkey as part of a plan to force Nato to act against President Bashar al-Assad.


91-year-old woman charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder for role in Holocaust

By JC Reporter, September 22, 2015

German prosecutors have charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in Auschwitz.

The woman, whose name has not been disclosed, is alleged to have served as a radio operator for the camp commandant from April to July 1944.


Croatia football team employs former player who led Nazi chant

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2015

The Croatian national football team has hired an assistant who was previously banned for 10 games after leading fans in a Nazi chant.


Reykjavik boycotts Israeli goods - then changes its mind

By JC Reporter, September 22, 2015

Reykjavik city council has backtracked after announcing that it had voted to boycott all Israeli products.

Last week, the Icelandic capital's municipality said it was in favour of a boycott "as long as the occupation of Palestinian territories continues".


Neo-Nazis win more seats in Greek election

By Victor Eliezer, September 22, 2015

Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn saw its parliamentary power boosted in the Greek election on Sunday.

The far-right party came third, winning seven per cent of the vote, up from 6.3 per cent in the last election. This translated into 19 seats in parliament, a gain of two seats.


Naked clowns apologise to Palestinians after cock-up solidarity protest

By JC Reporter, September 21, 2015

Spanish activists who stood naked in front of the West Bank separation barrier have been forced to apologise.

The group, Pallasos en Rebeldia [Clowns in Rebellion] stood in front of the barrier naked wearing clown make-up – including red noises – and said that their protest was an act of solidarity with the Palestinians of the West Bank.