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Alexander Imich, the world's oldest man, dies

By Rosa Doherty, June 9, 2014

The world oldest man has died at the age of 111.

Alexander Imich, born February 4 1903, died yesterday morning at a hospital in Manhattan.

His friends Michael Mannion and Trish Corbett were taking care of him and confirmed his death to reporters.

Mr Imich was raised by a secular Jewish family in Poland before settling in America.


Jewish leader attacks Jean-Marie Le Pen over 'oven' comment

By Daniel Easterman, June 9, 2014

A Jewish group has called on Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen to be stripped of his parliamentary immunity as an MEP.

The call follows a reference to ovens in comments on Mr Le Pen's website about the popular French-Jewish singer, Patrick Bruel.


Turkey's record blemished by its leaders

By Michael Daventry, June 6, 2014

After 301 people died in Turkey’s worst-ever mining disaster last month, critics blamed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The government had privatised the mine in Soma and its inspectors had given the site a clean bill of health weeks before disaster struck.

Mr Erdoğan’s supporters tried to shift the blame. Their principal target was the mine’s parent company and its director, Alp Gürkan.


Palestinian teenager found guilty of stabbing soldier

By Charlotte Oliver, June 3, 2014

A Palestinian teenager was convicted on Monday by an IDF military court of stabbing an Israeli soldier to death late last year on a public bus in northern Israel.

IDF recruit Eten Atias died in hospital aged 18 last November after the 16-year-old Palestinian boy, who could not be legally identified, attacked him as their bus entered the Afula central bus station.


French police arrest Brussels shooting suspect

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2014

A suspect has been arrested over the killing of four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum last Saturday.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen from the northern French town of Roubaix, was taken into custody in Marseille on Friday. He was said to have in his possession a gun and a Kalashnikov assault rifle of the sort used in the May 24 attack.


We’ll burn you, Guatemalans tell their Jewish neighbours

By Naomi Firsht, May 30, 2014

A Guatemalan mayor has reportedly asked Jewish residents to leave his town.

Mayor Rodolfo López of San Juan La Laguna, in the Sololá state, encouraged villagers to attack the small, strictly-Orthodox Jewish community, according to online radio station Emisoras Unidas.


Diaspora wants Israel to stay a liberal democracy

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

Since most diaspora Jews live in liberal democracies, it is little surprise that they attach importance to Israel’s credentials as a democracy. But what would happen if Israel were seen to move away from its democratic foundations?


Jewish community was key to successful Ukraine poll

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2014


Jewish leaders in Kiev have welcomed the election of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president amid hopes that the establishment of a new government will bring stability back to the country. Jews in the east of the country were less hopeful, however.


Impoverished Moldova fears Jewish exodus

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2014

The small Jewish community of Moldova is charting an uncertain path between a revival of Jewish life and the departure of many of its young people.

At the Moldova Limmud that took place in Chisinau last weekend, 400 local Jews came together to hear lectures, take part in cultural events and socialise — but also to discuss their future.


Chabad-Lubavitch community in Sydney covered up abuse, claims victim

By Dan Goldberg, May 30, 2014

The Chabad-Lubavitch community in Sydney was more intent on protecting the perpetrator and safeguarding its reputation, a Jewish child sex abuse victim told a local court.