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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.


PayPal buys Israel cyber security firm for £40 million

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2015

Multibillion-pound online payment service PayPal has announced that it will open a major cyber security hub in Tel Aviv, after acquiring Israeli firm CyActive for a figure believed to be around £40 million.


Dark secrets of a Polish tourist mecca

By Nissan Tzur, March 10, 2015

Antisemitic graffiti is sadly a common sight on Polish streets. Some of the language is directed at football teams; in other cases, it is aimed at Jews.

However, in the past few weeks in Krakow, the problem has moved up a gear. Walls and houses across the city have been hit with a wave of antisemitic daubings, and the messages, such as “Jews to the oven”, have been particularly vicious.


Terror attack at Jerusalem light rail station

By JC Reporter, March 6, 2015

Seven people have been injured after a car rammed a group waiting at a light railway station in Jerusalem.

Some reports indicated that upon hitting the victims, the driver emerged from the vehicle wielding a knife and attempted to stab passers-by, but was unsuccessful.

The attacker was reportedly shot and incapacitated by police.


Trial told that get-gang rabbi 'discussed using cattle prod on male genitalia'

By Dan Friedman, March 5, 2015

It does not look promising when one lawyer's main line of defence includes the claim that razor blades at the scene of a crime were there to sharpen the quills to sign a ceremonial document.

But little runs straight in the sometimes brutal, sometimes surreal trial of Rabbi Mendel Epstein and the alleged gang of rabbinical "tough guys" he is accused of recruiting to force recalcitrant husbands t


Turkish shul project is aimed at Muslims

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 5, 2015

The Izmir Project, which aims to preserve Turkey's Sephardic heritage, is boosting efforts to restore Izmir's Jewish quarters and to generate interest in the city's Jewish history, not only among Jews but also tourists and Turkey's Muslim population.

"The final aim is the establishment of a Jewish museum in the city of Izmir, which will at the same time lay the foundation for a respectable dial


Kirchner 'not guilty' of manipulating bomb probe

By Jonathan Gilbert, March 5, 2015

Argentina's president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was boosted last week when a judge dismissed criminal allegations that she conspired to shield Iranian officials from responsibility over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires.

The judge, Daniel Rafecas, said in his ruling that there was no evidence whatsoever that pointed to Mrs Kirchner.


Aspiring rabbi uses gay app to promote Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A rabbinical student is being paid by his university to invite locals to Shabbat dinners using a gay hook-up app.

Matt Green, a 24-year-old, second-year student at Hebrew Union College in New York, has been given a university grant to find and engage estranged members of the community on Grindr.

The free app, which uses geolocation software to identify nearby users, has been characterised as


Anti-Nazi statue 'may fuel violence'

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 5, 2015

The Swedish city of Växjö has blocked plans for a statue to be built in honour of a Jewish woman who hit neo-Nazis with her purse during a rally in 1985.

The incident was caught on camera and the iconic image was the inspiration for the proposed statue, which will not be made because, city officials said, it could "promote violence".