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'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' jailed for role in 300,000 deaths

By Charlotte Oliver, July 15, 2015

A former SS guard known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” has been sentenced to four years in prison for aiding the murder of at least 300,000 Jews.

Oscar Groening, now aged 94, was sentenced in court in the north German city of Lueneburg.

He had stood trial in front of Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives over the past four months.


Obama on Iran, Clinton on North Korea - compare and contrast

July 14, 2015

Today’s speech by US President Barack Obama speech on the nuclear deal with Iran is remarkably similar to former US President Bill Clinton’s speech following America’s nuclear agreement with North Korea in 1994.

North Korea went on to flout every aspect of the 1994 deal, just as Iran has consistently broken all its promises to curb its own nuclear programme.


Western powers and Iran reach historic deal

By JC Reporter, July 14, 2015

The group of world powers has finally completed a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme.

The foreign ministers of Iran, the EU, US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany held a concluding session at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna this morning, formally announcing the agreement at 10.30 UK time.


Michelle Obama’s cousin named black chief rabbi

By Tal Fox, July 13, 2015

Rabbi Capers Funnye from Chicago has been declared “black chief rabbi” by the International Israelite Board of Rabbis, a US-based umbrella body for black Jewry.

Rabbi Funnye, who converted to Judaism, is a cousin of US First Lady Michelle Obama, and is expected to assume his position in the autumn.


Iran nuclear talks extended again

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2015

Iran’s foreign minister has said that nuclear negotiations will continue over the weekend.

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the announcement at a news conference in Vienna on Friday.

"I doubt [a deal] will happen today,” he reportedly said after a meeting with United States Secretary of State John Kerry.


European Jewish Parliament leader defends decision to meet Marine Le Pen

By Naomi Firsht, July 10, 2015

The European Jewish Parliament president has defended his decision to meet far-right French politician Marine Le Pen this week.

Ukraine-born oligarch and EJP president Vadim Rabinovich came under fire from Jewish leaders when he met Ms Le Pen as part of a roundtable discussion held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.


Pro-chicken activists face court slog against kapporot ritual ban

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2015

"Dead chickens, half-dead chickens, chicken blood, chicken feathers, chicken urine, chicken faeces, other toxins and garbage consume the public streets," the court papers stated.

Even by the standards of the New York legal scene, the attempt to ban the traditional Jewish practice of kapporot is particularly unusual.


World Jewish Congress angry over Polish gallery's Shoah 'art' video

By Naomi Firsht, July 9, 2015

The President of the World Jewish Congress has demanded a Polish art gallery remove an exhibition video which shows naked men and women running around a gas chamber.

The Game of Tag installation is displayed in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, as part of an exhibition looking at Auschwitz.


Memorial planned in journalist's honour

July 9, 2015

A permanent memorial to American Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff is set to be created by the Florida community in which he grew up.

He was murdered by Daesh terrorists last year after being kidnapped in Syria.


Survivors at risk as Greeks run out of cash

July 9, 2015

As Greeks queued at cashpoints across the country this week, the economic disaster closed in on members of Athens' Jewish community.

With banks closed and cashpoint withdrawals limited to €60 per day, communal organisations have been unable to keep up with regular payments.