World news

‘We can buy you and put you in ovens’, French embassy intern tells Israeli

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

A prestigious French university has expelled a student for making antisemitic remarks on social media.

Kuwaiti Amira Jumaa is the first student to be expelled from Sciences Po since the institution was founded in 1872.


Fashion brothers celebrate as Mexican drug lord sparks stampede for shirt design

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2016

The brothers who made the shirts worn by drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán during his meeting with Hollywood actor Sean Penn have seen sales skyrocket.

Sam and Shawn Esteghbal, Jewish Iranians who live in Los Angeles, co-own Barabas, the store which sells the $128 (£89) tops favoured by the Mexican billionaire criminal.


Annotated Mein Kampf sells out in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, January 15, 2016

The new, annotated edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, released to bookstores last Friday, sold out the very same day.

The publisher, Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History, told the JC it had published 4,000 copies of the two-volume edition, but that the book could be reprinted on demand.


Son of Saul Shoah film nominated for an Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 14, 2016

Holocaust film Son of Saul has been nominated for an Academy Award, it was announced on Thursday.

The Hungarian production, which has already won a Golden Globe and a Grand Prix honour from Cannes during the awards season.

It was first shown in Britain at the UK Jewish Film Festival in November.


Jack Jacob, hero of the Indian Jewish community, dies aged 92

By Naomi Firsht, January 14, 2016

Jack Jacob, the highest ranking military officer in the history of the Indian Jewish community, has died at the age 92.

Lieutenant General Jacob, who was also a statesman and prominent member of the country’s community, died of pneumonia in New Delhi on Wednesday.


Iran sanctions on verge of being lifted

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 14, 2016

The end of international sanctions on Iran will be the cue for nations and companies to begin signing major arms deals with a country looking to renew its military hardware.


Machete attack teen faces terrorism charges

By Naomi Firsht, January 13, 2016

A teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher with a machete in the south of France is to face terrorism charges for attempted murder.

Benjamin Amsellem was on his way to work in Marseille on Monday morning wearing a kippah when the teen slashed at him with a machete, wounding him in the back and hand. He fell to the ground and protected himself with a book he had with him.


Social media campaign asks French to wear kippot in solidarity

By Jessica Weinstein, January 13, 2016

Following the suggestion on Tuesday by a leading member of the Jewish community in Marseilles that Jewish men should “remove the kippah during these troubled times”, a social media campaign has been launched calling on all of France to wear kippot in solidarity.


Don’t stop wearing your kippot, French chief rabbi tells Marseille Jews

By Jessica Weinstein, January 13, 2016

Jewish communities in the French city of Marseilles are torn over whether Jews should continue to openly wear kippot in light of ongoing antisemitic attacks in the area.


Pope Francis due to make first visit to Auschwitz

By Rosa Doherty, January 12, 2016

The Pope is due to visit Auschwitz for the first time during a historic visit to Poland later this year.

Pope Francis will tour Poland in the summer and is expected to pay his respects to the victims of the Holocaust.

It had already been announced that the Pope would travel to Krakow in July for World Youth Day.