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Iran offer help with Buenos Aires bomb probe

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

Iran has offered to aid the investigation into the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre, 17 years after the attack.

Argentinian prosecutors have long implicated Iran in the AMIA blast, which left 85 people dead and 300 people with injuries. But although six Iranians are on Interpol's most wanted list for suspected involvement, no arrests have been made.


Rabbinical college criticised for Israel memorial email

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The chair of an organisation dedicated to supporting the families of Israel's war casualties has expressed concern about a proposal by a US rabbinical college to "broaden" commemorative ceremonies.


Weizmann comes top of science list

By Nathan Jeffay, July 14, 2011

The Weizmann Institute of Science is the best academic institution to work for outside the US, according to Scientist magazine's annual survey of the "best places to work in academia".


Universities restore ties as row rages

By Moira Schneider, July 14, 2011

Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is reinstating its research agreement with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), four months after the lapse of an institutional relationship between the two.

The universities signed a new contract on Friday to continue their joint research on water purification and the conversion of algae into energy.


Out-branding the Nazis in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, July 14, 2011

Neo-Nazis in Germany may be unified in their racism, antisemitism and hatred of foreigners. But these days, they do not all look the same.

No longer are right-wing extremists all wearing the Thor Steinar clothing brand, or sporting the skinhead look.


Global call for UN man to resign

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Two British MPs have urged Prime Minister David Cameron to support a call for a UN human rights expert to resign over an antisemitic cartoon he posted on his blog, a call backed by the Obama administration.

MPs Theresa Villiers and David Burrowes have written to Mr Cameron, saying: "We strongly feel that Richard Falk should resign from the UN Human Rights Council in light of the fact that the c


Delicious. Shame about the MidEast

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 14, 2011

The members of the Middle East Quartet met on Monday for meetings on renewing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and a long dinner in Washington.

Despite the urgency of finding a way to restart negotiations before the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September, the Quartet failed to reach an agreed framework and did not release a joint statement following their


Do Stop Believin': Lea Michele axed from Glee

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Lea Michele will only be on Glee for one more year.

The Jewish actress, who plays Rachel Berry in the hit television show, has been informed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy that she and her co-stars Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will not appear on a fourth season.


Man charged with murder of Jewish Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

A man has been charged with the murder of an eight-year-old boy from a Chasidic Jewish community in New York.

Levi Aron, 35, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, a day after the dismembered remains of Leiby Kletzky were found in two separate locations in Brooklyn.


Shock over 'brutal murder' of Jewish Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

Police are questioning a suspect in connection with the brutal murder of an eight-year-old boy from Brooklyn's Charedi Jewish community.

Body parts said to be those of Leibby Kletzky were found in two locations in the Boro Park area, at the apartment of a man called Levi Aron, and hidden in a suitcase in a rubbish bin.