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'Jews v Nazis' drinking game sparks outrage

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Americans are known for their use of red and blue plastic cups at alcohol-infused student parties.

But the new "Jews vs Nazis" drinking-game - in which players create a swastika out of red cups and star of David out of blue cups - has caused an international uproar.


Writer of fake Shoah memoir sued for £13m

By Charlotte Oliver, May 16, 2014

It is a haunting and triumphant testimony of human endurance. Young Jewish girl escapes the Nazis and treks 1,900 miles in search of her parents — living with a pack of wolves along the way. It is also entirely fictitious.

Now, Misha Defonesca, the Belgian author and subject of Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, has been ordered to pay £13.3m back to her publisher.


Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy warns of Assad victory

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A former head of Mossad has warned of the increased threat that Israel will face if Bashar al Assad wins the Syrian civil war.


UN hires another Israel-basher to replace hate-blogger Richard Falk

By Anne Bayefsky, May 16, 2014


For over a month, the UN’s top human rights body has been struggling with a major dilemma. How much prior Israel-bashing experience is necessary to be appointed UN “independent expert” on Israel?


Possible Iran-Saudi deal on Syria prompts deep concern

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2014

Two of the most bitter rivals in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia, are preparing to co-operate on lowering tensions in the region, particularly in Syria. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia invited Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to visit Riyadh.


US-Israel relations hit nadir over spy allegations

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2014

Two high-profile reports in Newsweek magazine on Israel’s espionage campaign against its American allies are a sign that the relationship between the two countries has sunk to a new low point.

The reports quote former American intelligence officials and Congressional staffers who claim that Israel has “crossed red lines” in its attempts to obtain confidential information.


One in four adults hold antisemitic views, according to study

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2014

More than a quarter of the world’s population hold antisemitic views, an Anti-Defamation League survey has revealed.

In its first global study, the ADL polled more than 53,000 adults from 102 countries and territories in order to produce “a comprehensive data-based research survey of the level and intensity of anti-Jewish sentiment across the world”.


Peres barred from entering Swedish airspace

By Charlotte Oliver, May 12, 2014

Israeli President Peres was held up in mid-air on Sunday after Swedish authorities refused to permit the plane he was travelling in from entering their airspace.

The president had been en route to Norway in a private jet, owned by the company Kishrev Teufa, when he hit problems over the Baltic Sea.


Israelis join effort to find abducted Nigerian girls

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2014

Israeli anti-terrorism experts have joined the international effort to find the 223 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria.

The girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria's northeast.

They were abducteed from their school dormitory in the town of Chibok, on April 14 four weeks ago.


‘There are many more Glenn Millers out there’

By Claire Moses, May 9, 2014


The ongoing case against alleged Kansas killer Frazier Glenn Miller is being built with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), a group of civil rights lawyers whose list of legal battles down the years features some of America’s most extreme racist groups.