World news

Boycott in Bremen echoes the Nazi era

By Toby Axelrod, March 17, 2011

A call to boycott Israeli products in Bremen, featuring posters with oranges dripping blood, has drawn reactions of disgust and frustration from Jewish leaders in Germany.


Campaigners attack Johannesburg Uni's Israel links

By Moira Schneider and Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

Campaigners encouraging the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to break its ties with Israel's Ben Gurion University (BGU) have released a "damning" report of the relationship between the institutions.

The report documents what it calls BGU's "direct and indirect role in further entrenching the violations of human rights and international law by the Israeli state".


Jewish aid for Japan after quake

March 17, 2011

Donations from British Jews have poured in to help deal with the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, as World Jewish Relief launched an emergency appeal, raising £10,000 on the first day of its appeal.


Galliano still suing original complainants

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

John Galliano is still taking legal action against the pair whose complaint about his allegedly antisemitic behaviour led to his arrest and his eventual firing from Christian Dior.

The designer’s Jewish lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, said that his client would still sue the original complainants despite prosecutors filing charges against him.


Charlie Sheen hires Israeli security guards

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

Charlie Sheen has hired former Israeli soldiers as his security guards.

Despite having claimed to possess “tiger blood” the former Two and Half Men star arranged for the Israelis to protect him after a fan broke into his back garden.

The Israelis will provide Mr Sheen with round the clock security.


'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.