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Hungary's far-right: Jews not welcome here

By Orlando Radice, February 2, 2012

The foreign affairs spokesman of Jobbik, the ultra-nationalist party poised to play a leading role in Hungarian politics, has openly questioned the Holocaust and claimed that Jews are colonising the country.

In a shocking interview with the JC, Marton Gyongyosi also said that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians amounted to a "Nazi system".


French Jewish mother fights Saudi prince in custody case

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

A French Jewish woman won a court victory this week after a judge granted her custody of her daughter, who she claims had been held captive by the girl's Saudi royal father.

But Candice Cohen-Ahnine, 34, is unable to celebrate because Prince Sattam al-Saoud has refused to comply with the ruling, which also demands monthly child support of £8,300.


Romney wins Florida despite Gingrich Holocaust survivors call

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Mitt Romney has triumphed in the Florida primary despite a campaign attacking his treatment of Holocaust survivors.

The former Massachusetts governor achieved 46 per cent of the vote, but Florida's winner-takes-all system means he has gathered 50 more delegates ahead of summer's Republican Convention.


Gingrich attacks Romney's kosher vote ahead of Florida primary

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich's team has found a new tactic with which to challenge Mitt Romney as the Republican frontrunners gear up for the first presidential primary in which a large number of Jewish voters have a say.


Swedish anti-hate tsar leads fight against brit

By Anna Ekstrom, January 26, 2012

For almost two months, prominent members of Swedish society have been campaigning for a ban on traditional male circumcision.

The most vocal advocate of anti-circumcision legislation is Bengt Westerberg, former leader of the liberal People's Party. However, Mr Westerberg also chairs a government committee set up to combat antisemitism and other forms of racism.


Anti-gay Dutch rabbi: 'I now fear for my life'

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

The Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam's Orthodox Ashkenazi community, suspended by his community last week after signing a declaration against homosexuality, says he fears for his safety in Holland.

New York-based Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag, who had been due to visit the community this week, told a Dutch newspaper that he had strong evidence to suggest that it would be better not to go to the Netherlands for t


'Kill Obama to save Israel'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

The owner of a Jewish newspaper in Georgia, USA, has stepped down after public condemnation of a recent column.

Andrew Adler announced his departure as editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times, a paper dating back to the 1920s, after apologising for writing that, to secure itself against Iran, Israel should consider assassinating President Obama.


Jewish vote could swing it in Florida

By Nathalie Rothschild, January 26, 2012

As Florida prepares for the Republican primary on Tuesday, will the Jewish vote prove key to the outcome?

Steven L Abrams, Palm Beach county chairman for the Newt Gingrich campaign and an elected county commissioner, said: "In a close election like this one even a couple of per cent can make a difference."

Jews make up three per cent of the population in the Sunshine State, but because the


Islamist MPs take the reins in Cairo

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 26, 2012

The new, democratically elected Egyptian Parliament convened for the first time on Monday. Seventy per cent of the MPs are members of Islamist parties.

But disputes were already apparent at the swearing-in ceremony of the 508 MPs. Many of the Islamists added statements of allegiance to Islam to their oaths, while some members of liberal parties referred to the ethos of the revolution.


'One in five young Germans in dark about Auschwitz'

January 26, 2012

Sixty-seven years after the liberation of Auschwitz, one in five young Germans remain clueless about where the concentration camp was located.

Ten per cent of those surveyed for Germany's Stern news magazine were unaware that Auschwitz, where 1,100,000 Jews and non-Jews perished, was a concentration camp.

And 20 per cent of the 18-29 year olds questioned did not know that the camp was situat