World news

'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' goes on trial in Germany

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2015

A former SS guard, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, faces trial today, charged with contributing to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the Nazi concentration camp.

More than 50 Holocaust survivors and relatives of victims have travelled to the north German city of Lueneburg to witness the case against Oskar Groening, now aged 93.

More..

European rabbis in first meeting with Pope Francis

By Naomi Firsht, April 20, 2015

Pope Francis has spoken of his concern over the "troubling" rise of antisemitism in Europe and said Holocaust commemorations should serve as a warning for future generations.

In his first meeting with the Conference of European Rabbis, the Pontiff said Christians around the world must show solidarity with Jews.

More..

Chief Rabbi urges community to aid Ukrainian Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in a cross-communal open letter.

More..

Israeli app gives hands-free smartphone control for drivers

By Josh Jackman, April 17, 2015

An Israeli company has developed the first ever eyes-free smartphone, allowing drivers to call, text, email and play music without looking away from the road.

More..

Rabbi who advised Hillary Clinton ‘misled’ over Paris conspiracy book

By Josh Jackman, April 17, 2015

A rabbi who once advised Hillary Clinton claims he was misled into contributing to a new book filled with essays arguing that the Paris terror attacks in January were a conspiracy.

More..

Deep worries over Putin missile offer to Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

A week before the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran are due to start transforming last month's Lausanne framework agreement into a comprehensive nuclear deal, more and more obstacles are popping up in their path.

More..

Israeli coalition talks stuck

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 16, 2015

As the first deadline for forming a new government looms next week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems nowhere near building a coalition.

Of the five parties currently expected to join Likud in government, only one, United Torah Judaism (UTJ), is on the brink of signing an agreement.

More..

Israeli tech takes driverless car across US

By Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

A car powered by Israeli technology has undertaken the longest driverless journey ever - a 3,400-mile, coast-to-coast trip across the United States.

Mobileye provided the radar and cameras for British company Delphi to ensure that its custom-equipped Audi Q5 SUV could travel from San Francisco to New York in nine days, arriving unscathed and collision-free.

More..

Children of survivors learn how to tell their parents’ stories

By Nathan Jeffay, April 16, 2015

Yom Hashoah is always meaningful for Rivka Ochana, but this year it was especially poignant. Thanks to a pioneering new course, she suddenly understands her own Holocaust history "in a completely different light".

More..