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Israeli cabinet votes in Avigdor Lieberman as new defence minister

By JC Reporter, May 30, 2016

Avigdor Lieberman has been officially approved as Israel’s new defence minister.

The appointment was confirmed following a telephone vote by government ministers this morning.

The decision followed protracted negotiations between Mr Netanyahu's Likud party and Mr Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu grouping.


New leader of France's Jews warns community is experiencing most difficult situation since the war

By JC Reporter, May 30, 2016

Francis Kalifat, the new leader of France’s Jewish community, has said that rising antisemitism means the country’s Jews are facing their “most difficult situation” for over 70 years.

Mr Kalifat pledged that his priority as the newly elected president of Crif, the community's main representative group, was to combat increasing Jew-hatred.


Police hunt ‘neo-Nazis’ who performed Hitler salute in morgue at Buchenwald death camp

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2016

Police in Germany are investigating after two suspected British neo-Nazis were pictured performing a Hitler salute in Buchenwald concentration camp.

The photograph, published by National Action, a known British neo-Nazi group, shows two men with concealed faces saluting in the camp where more than 56,000 Jews were murdered.


Amsterdam to reimburse taxes paid by survivors

By Shirley Haasnoot, May 26, 2016

Amsterdam's City Council has agreed to pay the local Jewish community £8 million as compensation for forcing returning Holocaust survivors to pay property taxes that they had incurred while in death camps and in exile around Europe.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan made the announcement at the opening of a new Holocaust museum in the city last week.


J Street 'took £400k to help Obama push Iran deal'

May 26, 2016

J-Street, the American liberal Jewish group, was given more than half a million dollars to promote President Barack Obama's controversial nuclear deal with Iran in the face of fierce opposition from Israel, it has emerged.

The group, which declares itself pro-Israel, was given the money by the Ploughshares Fund, the main organisation used by the White House to advocate for the deal.


'Erdogan has fallen for classic hate theory'

May 26, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly has a long-standing disagreement with his deputy prime minister over the existence of a shadowy financial group that is said to be conspiring to bring down the country.


Multi-billionaire will not leave a penny to his children

By JC Reporter, May 24, 2016

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman has announced that he is planning on leaving all of his $14.2 billion fortune to charity, and nothing to his children.


Vienna’s Jewish community expresses relief over Austria election result

By Toby Axelrod, May 24, 2016

Oskar Deutsch, head of Vienna's Jewish community, expressed relief today at the outcome of Austria's presidential election, in which independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen narrowly won over far-right candidate Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party.


Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer narrowly loses Austrian election

By JC Reporter, May 23, 2016

The Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer has lost Austria’s presidential election to an independent, Alexander Van der Bellen.

Far-right Mr Hofer, who has capitalised on anti-immigrant sentiment in Austria, led narrowly after Sunday's election but postal votes counted on Monday gave Mr Van der Bellen victory.

Mr Van der Bellen campaigned on a pro-EU platform, backed by the Green Party.


Muslim woman who defied far-right protesters posted antisemitic messages

By Rosa Doherty, May 23, 2016

A young Muslim woman whose picture went viral after she posed defiantly in front of anti-Islam protesters has come under fire after her own antisemitic social media posts came to light.

Zakia Belkhiri’s photo showed her posing for a selfie against the backdrop of the far-right demonstration in Belgium and was heralded as a symbol for peace and anti-racism.