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Watch the burial - live on the web

By Dan Goldberg, September 22, 2011

A Jewish burial society in Australia has begun trialling live web streaming of funerals over the Internet.

Melbourne Chevra Kadisha installed a camera at the prayer houses of the two main cemeteries in Melbourne, according to a report in Friday's Australian Jewish News.

The web streaming costs about $AU250, according to Chevra Kadisha director Fred Grossman.


New York is paralysed

By Alan Elsner, September 22, 2011

The first week of the General Assembly is always crazy in New York. World leaders stream into the city from every continent, hotels double their prices and motorcades speed around the city, paralysing the traffic.


A perilous yet defining moment

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2011

Despite the frenzy of diplomacy surrounding the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations headquarters this week, it was still unclear on Wednesday what would happen.

An Israeli offer to renew talks, in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to postpone his demand that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state, was turned down by the Palestinians since it did not inc


Online, after a mere 400 years

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

Part of one of the most important texts in the Jewish canon is to be made available online for the first time, fulfilling a request by its previous owner.

The first two books of the Mishneh Torah, the comprehensive code of Jewish law written in the 12th century by Moses Maimonides, the Rambam, were acquired by Oxford University's Bodleian Library around 400 years ago.


PSC says no place for denial

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has amended its statement of purpose expressly to include a denunciation of Holocaust denial.

The statement on the PSC's website now reads: "Any expression of racism or intolerance, or attempts to deny or minimise the Holocaust have no place in our movement." Its national organiser, Martial Kurtz, said the move echoed the PSC's assertion "that ours is an anti-r


Hugo Boss: 'regret' for Holocaust record

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

The fashion company Hugo Boss has apologised for its wartime record following the publication of a book revealing new details of its Nazi past.

According to the book the German design firm, founded in 1924, took advantage of the Nazi campaign by using forced labour in its factory.


American hikers freed by Iran

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2011

Two American hikers, imprisoned in Iran as “American spies” for more than two years, have landed in Oman after being released.

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were greeted by their families, who described it as “the best day of our lives”.


Nazi accomplice loses US deportation appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

A US judge has upheld a deportation order for a man described as an "indispensable" part of the Nazi campaign in the Ukraine.

John Kalymon was found to have voluntarily served in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police for three years during the Holocaust.


Trial of Morocco bomb suspects set to open

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

The trial of the nine men suspected of carrying out the fatal bomb attack in a Marrakesh café in April is to open later this week.

The blast, in a popular tourist spot in the old quarter of the Moroccan city, left 17 people dead including British Jew Peter Moss.

Mr Moss, a well-known travel writer and a long-time JC contributor, was 59 and had two children.


Perry attacks Obama for Middle East 'appeasement'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

US presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have pitted themselves firmly against the Palestinian bid for statehood this week in remarks designed to encourage pro-Israel voters to support the Republican Party.