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Mazel Tov: Matisyahu tweets birth of new son

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

Chasidic Jewish rapper Matisyahu has announced the birth of his third child.

The musician, famous for hits including Jerusalem and King Without a Crown, revealed the news on Twitter.

He wrote: "Tonight on the birthday of the rebbe, I was blessed with a baby boy."

He was referring to the spiritual leader of the Chasidic movement.


Senate calls on UN to rescind Goldstone report

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

The US Senate has agreed unanimously to a resolution calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report into Operation Cast Lead following comments by the author discrediting parts of it.

Two weeks ago Judge Richard Goldstone admitted in the Washington Post that the report had wrongly accused Israel of indiscriminately targeting civilians.


John Galliano sacked from own label

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

After he was sacked from his design role at Christian Dior in the wake of his antisemitic outbursts in a Paris bar, it was clear John Galliano's career was damaged.

Exactly how badly was made even clearer today when it emerged that the couturier had been sacked by the board of his own John Galliano label.

The label is owned by the luxury goods company LVMH.


Ashton: EU did not fund apartheid week

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The European Union has distanced itself from claims that it supported Israel Apartheid Week events at a Dutch university.

Shimon Samuels, of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, wrote to EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton urging her to condemn IAW campaigns following the launch of a book about Palestinian refugees in The Hague last week.


New frontiers in Wild West for Jew who became Sioux

By Orlando Radice and Jim Winnerman, April 14, 2011

If you thought the Wild West was no country for Jews, you haven't heard of Julius Meyer.


Greens face backlash over Israel boycott stance

By Dan Goldberg, April 14, 2011

The Australian Greens, a small but important faction in Labour's minority government, have been accused of antisemitism following support among some of its MPs for the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.


Isn't this antisemitism old news, Poland?

By Nissan Tzur, April 14, 2011

If its media is anything to go by, antisemitism is raising its head once again in Poland.

The recent decision by the Polish government to withdraw a restitution law that would have compensated Jews who lost property during the Holocaust has sparked an anti-Jewish campaign reminiscent of the darkest days of the Second World War.


Lithuania Holocaust memorial vandalised

By Orlando Radice, April 14, 2011

The attack on the Ninth Fort memorial in Lithuania this week, the site of one of the Holocaust's biggest single massacres, has been condemned by the Lithuanian government.

At the site near the city of Kaunas, where almost 5,000 Jews were brought by train and executed in 1941, vandals drew swastikas on memorial plates and stole a granite marker bearing the Star of David.


Terrorists targeting Pesach tourists

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

The coming Pesach holiday has been identified by Israel's intelligence experts as a particularly sensitive period for terror attacks on Jewish targets around the world.


A plague on both your iPhones for Passover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

An American iPhone application developer has found a way to bring the ten plagues into the 21st century.

Jeff Eagle's "Plague Audio" app features the passage read about the plagues during the Seder, along with sound effects to bring each one to life – from the croak of a frog to the sound of a hailstone crashing to the ground.