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Brother of Toulouse killer to stand trial on terror charges

By Naomi Firsht, March 16, 2016

A brother of Mohamed Merah, the Islamist extremist who killed four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, will stand trial on terrorism offences.

Mohamed Merah killed three children and a teacher at Ohr Torah school in Toulouse in March 2012. He also killed three French paratroopers in a separate attack.

He was shot dead by police several days later in a standoff.


Bayern Munich apologises over ‘Auschwitz’ tweet

By Josh Jackman, March 16, 2016

German football club Bayern Munich has apologised after posting a picture that some complained was reminiscent of Auschwitz concentration camp.

The image featured train tracks running up to Bayern’s Allianz Arena below a sign emblazoned with Italian club Juventus’ slogan “Fino Alla Fine” - meaning “until the end” - crossed out in red.


Antisemites who hide behind anti-Zionism are guilty of hate speech, says Angela Merkel

By Toby Axelrod, March 14, 2016

Antisemitism masquerading as criticism of Israel must be recognised as pure hate speech, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told an international gathering of more than 100 parliamentarians.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to address a major conference on antisemitism in Berlin

By Toby Axelrod and Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

More than 100 parliamentarians from nearly 40 countries will meet in Berlin today for a major conference on antisemitism.

Participants, who include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leading British politicians, will discuss issues such as Internet hate, community relations and antisemitism in sport, as well as legal, parliamentary and governmental responses to antisemitism.


Auschwitz survivor who settled in Israel is world's oldest man

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2016

An Auschwitz survivor is the world’s oldest man, according to Guinness World Records.

Yisrael Kristal was born in 1903, and broke the record at 112 years and 178 days old.

He takes over as the oldest living man after the death of Yasutaro Koide of Japan, who was 112 years and 312 days old.


Everyone 'knew what was going on' at Auschwitz says former guard

By JC Reporter, March 11, 2016

A 92-year-old former Auschwitz guard has testified that it was impossible not to know what was happening in the Nazi camp.

Jakob Wendel, a former SS guard who was convicted and served time in Poland after the war, gave evidence on Friday at the Detmold state court in Germany as part of the trial of Reinhold Hanning.


Dustin Hoffman: 'People ask me, what are you? I say: ‘I’m a Jew'.'

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman broke down in tears while learning about his great-grandmother, who escaped a Russian concentration camp.


As Brüno, Sacha Baron-Cohen interviewed KKK man who went on to kill

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

Sacha Baron-Cohen interviewed a white supremacist who went on to kill three people outside a Jewish community centre, the actor has revealed.

The British comedian filmed a scene with former Klu Klux Klan leader Frazier Glenn Miller - who was later sentenced to death - for his 2009 film Brüno. The footage was not included in the final cut.


Netanyahu was condescending towards me, says Obama

By JC Reporter, March 10, 2016

American President Barack Obama has said he has not always had a fractious relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In an interview with the Atlantic, published today, Mr Obama pointed to two events that may have made the relationship between the two men difficult, but added that they had not always disagreed on political policy.


BuzzFeed removes ‘political’ article about Israelis defending themselves

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

A BuzzFeed article praising Israelis for using everyday items to defend themselves against terrorist attacks has been taken down because it supports a “political agenda.”

“Seven Unbelievable Israeli Defence Technologies That Could Save Your Life” was removed from the Community section of the site - an open platform which anyone can contribute to - a few hours after being posted.