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Himmler daughter's Nazi charity

By Toby Axelrod, June 30, 2011

They're old and their world is fading, but for old Nazis still running from justice, someone is out there to help them.

"Stille Hilfe" - or "Silent Aid" - has existed since 1951, helping accused Nazi war criminals find refuge, avoid extradition, get a lawyer or pay for an old age home.


Deport order for Algerian asylum-seeker

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

A Jewish asylum-seeker from Algeria who is currently in detention has been told he will be deported back to the country in two weeks.

Krim Aitziane, 49, who came to Britain 11 years ago, was detained by immigration authorities three weeks ago.

He was previously denied refugee status but was given leave to remain pending an aliyah application, which was submitted in October 2009.

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Scots boycott row hits US Senate

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

The British Embassy in Washington DC has been forced to defend the Scottish government after the row over a council's Israel boycott reached the US Senate.

Senator Mark Kirk welcomed the embassy's move to distance the devolved parliament from West Dunbartonshire's ban on Israeli goods.

After receiving complaints from residents in his Illinois state, Republican Mr Kirk contacted the embassy f


Revealed: the Jews who fought against Franco

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Details of Jewish soldiers who fought Franco's fascists during the Spanish Civil War are included in an extensive list of veterans revealed for the first time by the National Archives.

They were among around 4,000 British volunteers who joined the International Brigades and were later investigated by MI5 for breaching the British government's non-intervention policy.

Around a fifth of the vo


The First Cut: kosher killing ban shocks Jews

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

The Netherlands was accused this week of following Nazi precedent by voting to outlaw the kosher slaughter of animals in a move which has shocked Jewish communities across Europe.

By 116 votes to 30, the Dutch Parliament called for a ban on religious slaughter without pre-stunning - which effectively prohibits shechitah as well as the production of halal meat for some of Holland's Muslims.



Men indicted for rape ordeal of Jewish teen

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

Four men have been charged with raping an Orthodox Jewish teenager in the Crown Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn in 2003.

The girl, who is now in her early 20s, was also allegedly beaten and forced into prostitution for the following eight years.

Prosecutors said the men threatened to hurt family members if she informed the authorities.


New York synagogue bomb plotters sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

A trio behind a plot to bomb a Bronx synagogue in 2009 have been given 25-year-sentences by a federal judge in the United States.

The FBI intercepted the plans before the men, James Cromitie, David Williams and Onta Williams, could carry them out.

Undercover agents gave the men fake bombs so that when they came to plant the devices in two cars by the synagogue, there was no explosion.


Drunken Chasidic man charged with racist assault

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2011

A strictly Orthodox man has been charged with assault after he apparently poured beer on his Turkish neighbour and called her a “terrorist” – and then hid from police in his synagogue.

Simchon Schwartz, 46, from Brooklyn, is said to have grabbed his neighbour, Selda Turan, 27, and shoved her head down on his car, pouring beer over her, and then to have hit her husband in the street.


Dutch vote to ban kosher slaughter

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2011

The Dutch parliament has voted to approve a ban on kosher and halal slaughter, after intense lobbying by animal rights groups.


Egyptians want Shakira boycott after Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

Shakira may have vowed "Whenever, Wherever" with the first hit of her career, but if protesters have their way she will have to take Cairo off her list.

The musician is the subject of a Facebook campaign to stop her performing in Egypt in November, launched after she spoke at President Shimon Peres's conference in Jerusalem.