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Dieudonné avoids jail after sympathising with terrorist

By Naomi Firsht, March 18, 2015

Antisemitic French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been handed a two-month suspended sentence for likening himself to a Paris terrorist.

Dieudonné caused outrage when he posted a video of himself on Facebook saying “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly” shortly after the attacks on a kosher supermarket and satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January.


Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, dies aged 89

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, has died aged 89.

Mr Elias died peacefully in Basel, Switzerland, the Anne Frank Fonds Foundation announced on Tuesday.

As president of the charity he was a lifelong protector of his young diarist cousin and spent years giving lectures and interviews about the Holocaust.


Michael Douglas reveals his son was the target of antisemitism

By Charlotte Oliver, March 16, 2015

Michael Douglas has described his outrage following an incident last year when his teenage son was the victim of antisemitism.

The Hollywood actor, 70, wrote in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday how his 14-year-old son Dylan had been upset by a man yelling at him in their hotel swimming pool in Southern Europe.


Revealed: the anti-Israel network behind UN's Gaza investigation

By Gerald Steinberg, March 13, 2015

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is one of many organisations that use moral-sounding language as a façade for the opposite. Its officials and activities are controlled by regimes with abysmal human rights records - including Russia, China, and Middle Eastern dictatorships. It is not surprising that Israel is the main focus of "investigations" and condemnations.


Jewish guilt could be in your genes, says professor

By David Lazarus, March 12, 2015

Can one man's meshugas continue through his progeny and untold generations to come?

Quite possibly, thinks Dr Moshe Szyf, a pioneering genetics scientist and pharmacology professor based at McGill University in Canada.

London-born and observant, Dr Szyf's research is proving that negative life experiences can alter the genome of future generations.

The implication for Jews is that the way


Jihadis wiping out Jewish heritage

By Nathan Jeffay, March 12, 2015

Islamic state is inflicting massive damage on Jewish sites and artefacts in the Middle East, and the extent of the damage may not be known for years, according to a leading expert on heritage sites in the terrorist group's strongholds.

"The level of devastation of history and culture will not be known until scholars are allowed to go and examine the area for themselves," said Filip Vukosavovic,


US attempts to reassure all as Iran deal nears

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

Ahead of another round of talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and the Iranians next week in Lausanne, American negotiators have been seeking to both reduce expectations and lower opposition to an eventual nuclear agreement.

Following Israeli officials' complaints that they are not being updated on the talks, a flurry of meetings and phone conversations took place between senior US dip


Romania to speed up restitution

By Petru Clej, March 12, 2015

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has promised to accelerate the restitution of Jewish properties confiscated in the 20th century.

Mr Ponta made the pledge after meeting a World Jewish Restitution Organisation (WJRO) delegation in Bucharest.

Romania has legislated to restitute Jewish communal properties, but so far only about 300 of 1,980 claims have been resolved.

The restitution of p


Outrage over eBay 'Jew soap'

By Toby Axelrod, March 11, 2015

A Dutch eBay vendor has been stopped from selling what he claimed was soap made from Jewish victims of the Nazis.

The vendor turned himself in to the authorities, and an investigation is underway as to the authenticity of his claim.


Islamic State video execution of ‘Israeli spy’

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2015

A video released by Islamic State (IS) appears to shows a child killing a teenager accused of being an “Israeli spy”.

The film, posted online by IS militants on Tuesday, apparently showed a young boy shooting dead Muhammad Musallam, a 19-year-old Israeli Arab from East Jerusalem.

The terror group accused Mr Musallam of falsely signing up as a jihadi to spy for Israel.