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Wasserman backs Iran deal

September 10, 2015

Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Sunday that she would vote for the nuclear agreement with Iran, ending speculation about whether a top party leader would support President Barack Obama on the agreement.

Mrs Wasserman Schultz's 23rd district in Florida is heavily Jewish.


Kansas killer faces death

By JC Reporter, September 10, 2015

A jury has recommended the death penalty for a white supremacist who fatally shot three people at Jewish sites last year in Overland Park, Kansas.

The man, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr, 74, had told jurors that he did not care what sentence was handed down. The judge in the trial will decide whether to follow the jury's recommendation. Kansas has not executed a death row inmate in decades.


French novel Scarlett Johannson tried to ban is out in English

By Jessica Weinstein, September 9, 2015

A best-selling French novel that Scarlett Johansson tried to get banned has been published in the UK.

French novelist Grégoire Delacourt’s book, La Première Chose Qu’on Regarde or The First Thing You See has been published in English, despite the actress' attempt to block translation.


Kapoor: leave antisemitic hate graffiti on artwork

By JC Reporter, September 9, 2015

French authorities have agreed to a request from Jewish artist Anish Kapoor not to clean off the antisemitic graffiti daubed on his giant sculpture at the Palace of Versailles.


Hundreds of Israel supporters to gather in London to back Netanyahu’s UK visit

By Josh Jackman, September 9, 2015

Hundreds of pro- and anti-Israel demonstrators are set to protest outside Downing Street today, ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s meeting with David Cameron in London.

The demonstration organised by the Stop the War Coalition and Palestine Solidarity Campaign has attracted the support of more than 4,300 people online.


Dutch Shoah survivors brutally beaten and robbed at home

By JC Reporter, September 7, 2015

Two Holocaust survivors were brutally attacked and beaten in their Amsterdam apartment, it has emerged.

Diana Blog, 86, suffered severe bruising and her 87-year-old husband lost his vision and had his thigh bone broken. Both have been in rehabilitation since the attack August 4.

“I have extreme pains,” said Mrs Blog.


Benjamin Netanyahu rejects call for Israel to take in Syrian refugees

By JC Reporter, September 6, 2015

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected a call to allow Syrian refugees into the country.

Mr Netanyahu told cabinet colleagues that Israel was not indifferent to the plight facing the refugees.

But, according to Israeli media, he warned: “Israel is a small country, and we do not have the geographic and demographic depths [to absorb them].


Egypt gas field discovery threatens Israeli energy plans

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2015

The discovery of a potentially massive natural gas field in Egyptian territory has the potential to wreak havoc on Israel's plans to develop its own gas fields.

Italian energy giant ENI's announcement on Sunday that it had discovered a field initially assessed at around 30 trillion cubic feet - about 40 per cent larger than Israel's largest field, Leviathan - took Israel by surprise.


'Jewish Schindler' makes threat to sue Yazidi group

By Valentina Jovanovski, September 2, 2015

A Montreal businessman who started an organisation to rescue Yazidis and Christians held captive by Daesh is threatening to sue a Yazidi group that was critical of his project.


Gold rush starts for ‘Nazi train loot’

By JC Reporter, September 2, 2015

The city of Wałbrzych is experiencing a gold rush after two men claimed that they had found a Nazi train containing gold looted from Jews that went missing in spring, 1945.