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Luxembourg apologises for Holocaust role

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

The Luxembourg government has for the first time apologised to its Jewish population for its role in the Holocaust, admitting that some officials were complicit in the killings.

Around a third of the Duchy’s Jews - 1,200 victims - were killed during its Nazi occupation, which lasted from May 1940 to September 1944.


Americans born in Jerusalem not allowed to list Israel as birthplace

By Sebastien Malo, June 11, 2015

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional legislation that said Americans born in Jerusalem could list Israel as their place of birth.

The six-to-three ruling by the country's highest court ends a legal battle whose outcome could have thrust American diplomacy into the charged debate over Jerusalem's status.


Denial should not be illegal, Mr Blair

By Joshua Rozenberg, June 11, 2015

Tony Blair wants to make Holocaust denial illegal. The former prime minister now chairs a campaign group called the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), which, paradoxically, seeks to "stamp out intolerance".


Wanted: new Mossad chief

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 11, 2015

Tamir Pardo, chief of Mossad, is scheduled to retire at the end of 2015 after five years in the post and 35 years in Israel's intelligence community.

The race to replace him is on and the identity of the new Mossad chief could be an indication of how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees Israel confronting the Iranian nuclear programme, Mossad's primary target over the past decade.

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Anti-gay group sued for fraud

By Sebastien Malo, June 11, 2015

A "gay conversion" group targeting the Jewish community was put on trial on Wednesday in New Jersey, accused of giving false promises to young men who paid for "therapy" to turn them into heterosexuals.

Jonah, formerly known as "Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality", faces accusations of fraud under the state's consumer protection act.


Anti-circumcision push worries American rabbis

By Claire Moses, June 11, 2015

A court battle in Florida between a mother and father over the circumcision of their son has sparked a US-wide debate on circumcision and fuelled campaigns against the brit milah.


Failure to recognise Israel is antisemitic, says Pope

By Nathan Jeffay, June 11, 2015

Not recognising Israel is antisemitic, the Pope has reportedly stated.

Henrique Cymerman, a Portuguese journalist based in Tel Aviv, tweeted: "In an email we got from Pope Francis: 'Whoever does not recognise the Jewish People and the State of Israel falls in antisemitism.'"


Now Czechs criticise Israel

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 10, 2015

The Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, traditionally a strong supporter of Israel, has condemned Israeli policies in Gaza and the West Bank.


BDS seeing success in Europe, says Sacks

By JCReporter, June 10, 2015

Former UK chief rabbi Lord Sacks told a panel discussion at the Herzliya Security Conference this week that the BDS movement has partly succeeded in Europe because it has created an environment in which it is almost impossible to speak out in favour of Israel.

"Jews have been faced with a choice: live in Europe and criticise Israel or be silent - or leave Europe," he said.


Paris Muslim group 'plotted to murder Jews'

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 10, 2015

A French anti-Islamophobia group is on trial in Paris, accused of plotting a terrorist attack on Jewish shops.

The group, which called itself the "Knights of Pride" and was led by 37-year-old "Emir" Mohamed Achamlane, was formed in 2010 and drew attention for staging protests against the ban on veils in France.