World news

Arrest in Miami Holocaust survivor tax scam

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2011

A Florida woman has appeared in court on charges of stealing the personal details of Holocaust survivors as part of a tax return scam.

Crystal Thorne, 23, was an administrator for a branch of the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program in Miami.

More..

Mila Kunis goes to the ball with soldier suitor

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2011

Actress Mila Kunis has made the dreams of an American soldier come true after she attended the Marine Corps Ball on his arm.

The Jewish star, whose films include Black Swan and Friends With Benefits, agreed to accompany Sgt Scott Moore to the event in July, after he posted a plea to her on YouTube. The video went viral within days and has now been viewed almost four million times.

More..

Syrian attack on Israel at nuclear conference

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2011

Syria has claimed Israel represents a "grave and serious threat" at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The accusation, about Israel's nuclear capabilities, was made by Syrian delegate Bassam al-Sabbagh.

But according to another delegate present, comments made by other Arab nations were less hostile towards Israel than on previous occasions.

More..

IAEA made us Israeli targets, claims Iran envoy

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

Iran’s atomic energy envoy has claimed his country's findings made them an “Israeli assassination target.”

Earlier this week, Iran buried a senior commander and 17 others, killed after a huge explosion at one of Iran's most important military bases. Internet rumours blamed Mossad for explosion.

More..

Spielberg takes on Moses

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

Schindler’s List director Steven Spielberg is to make a film about the life of Moses, 53 years after Charlton Heston’s Ten Commandments.

The Jewish director is currently in talks to film “Gods And Kings”, a screenplay by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine, which covers the whole of Moses’ life from a baby in the bulrushes, to the burning bush and the emancipation from Egypt.

More..

Berlin: antisemitism 'mainstream'

By Toby Axelrod, November 17, 2011

Germany urgently needs to focus on fighting antisemitism in "dominant" sections of society, according to a government report.

The report, delivered to the Bundestag last week, showed that while far-right, far-left and Islamist extremists are responsible for the majority of Jew-hatred, there is a deeper layer of antisemitism simmering in the country at large.

More..

Palestinians poised to seal the Fatah-Hamas unity deal

November 17, 2011

The Palestinian unity deal may finally be signed next Wednesday when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashal are expected to meet in Cairo.

Hamas and Fatah officials confirmed this week that an agreement had been reached on holding elections for the Palestinian National Council in both the West Bank and Gaza next May.

More..

Israeli parking scammer took £96k

November 17, 2011

An Israeli man was jailed for up to four years this week for scamming around $AU150,000 (£96,000) from parking metres in Melbourne.

Josef Andelman, 48, who worked as a security officer employed to collect coins from parking metres, had pleaded not guilty to 85 charges of theft earlier this month.

More..

Iran Attack: The board game

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 17, 2011

Can't wait for Israelis to make their mind up about how to deal with Iran? Now you can take command of the Israeli Air Force and plan the obliteration of its nuclear facilities - all from the comfort of your own home.

Persian Incursion, a strategic war game, lets players explore the political and military ramifications of an Israeli military campaign against Iran.

More..

Holocaust survivors could sue insurers for £12bn

By Jessica Elgot, November 16, 2011

US Holocaust survivors could sue European insurance companies for around £12bn in illegally confiscated life insurance in Nazi Europe.

More..