World news

'Tefillin terrorists' strike on Alaska flight

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

The “tefillin terrorists” have struck again.

A group of Mexican Jewish tourists sparked a security alert on an Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles after they began putting on tefillin and reciting Jewish prayers.


Israel offers help for Japan earthquake rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to account for any citizens who may have been affected by the earthquake that hit Japan last night.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has also asked Israel’s ambassador to Tokyo to offer aid to Japan in the wake of the disaster.

Emergency relief organisation ZAKA said they had dispatched a team to Japan to help with search and rescue efforts.


Fear is still a Spanish acquisition

March 10, 2011

A major report on antisemitism about to be published in Spain makes for alarming reading.

The Observatory on Antisemitism in Spain will reveal that, according to a government-organised survey, almost 60 per cent of Spaniards believe "the Jewish people are powerful because they control the economy and the mass-media".


Assange recruited Holocaust denier - former WikiLeaks worker

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 10, 2011

A recently published book by a former employee of WikiLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, argues that Julian Assange maintained close ties to a notorious antisemite.


Diamond dealer pleads for prison

By Ellen Tumposky, March 10, 2011

A Jewish diamond dealer begged a New York City judge last week to let him remain in prison rather than face retribution for testifying against a mafioso.

Brian Greenwald, former president of Doppelt & Greenwald in Manhattan's Diamond District, made the plea at his sentencing at Manhattan Federal Court last week.


Interview: Mordechai Dzikansky

By Yoav Sivan, March 10, 2011

Growing up in New York's Orthodox Community, Mordechai Dzikansky, a rabbi's son, did not envision his memoir would be titled Terrorist Cop.

Nor did Mr Dzikansky, 49, who now lives in Ra'anana, foresee that he would go from being a policeman who happens to be Jewish to the Jewish policeman of New York and, ultimately, to New York Police Department's ambassador to the Jewish state.


Meet the new neighbours (and say a little prayer)

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2011

Egypt's appointment of a foreign minister known for his hostile views is causing ripples of concern across the Israeli political establishment.

On Monday caretaker Prime Minister Issam Sharraf appointed Nabil Al-Arabi as Egyptian foreign minister, in place of Ahmed Aboul Gheit.


Google founders, Bloomberg among Forbes billionaires

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

The founders of Google and Hungarian-born financier George Soros are among the 50 richest people on the planet.

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the world’s billionaires, topped for the second consecutive year by Mexico’s Carlos Slim.

The highest placed Jewish person on the list was Larry Ellison, the founder of software communications company Oracle.


American Apparel founder faces sex abuse charges

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

The founder of clothing chain American Apparel has been accused of sexual abuse by a former employee who is seeking £160 million.

Dov Charney, who comes from a Canadian Jewish family, created the popular and edgy clothing chain in 1991 when he was 22. Still its CEO, the brand now has stores worldwide including eight in the UK.


Galliano's Jewish lawyer: It could happen to anyone

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

John Galliano’s Jewish lawyer has defended the disgraced fashion designer as someone dedicated to “tolerance, openness, love and mutual respect”.

Stephane Zerbib, who has acted as Mr Galliano's legal adviser for seven years, has also represented the family of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and a group of Israelis accused of spying on Iran.