World news

Arrests in New York synagogue attack plot

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Two men thought to be planning to strike synagogues in New York have been arrested just ten days after the city celebrated the death of the man behind the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The pair, described as Muslims of North African descent, were detained by police as they attempted to buy AK-47s, hand grenades and other weapons.


Valmadonna goes back on the market

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

The Valmadonna Trust Library is back on the market after a bid for the world's finest collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts fell through.

There were reports last December that the collection of 13,000 volumes was sold to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby's in New York in a sealed bid.


IDF reinforces West Bank units ahead of Palestinian 'day of rage'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

The IDF is preparing for every eventuality during the Palestinian "days of rage" over the weekend and reinforcing its units accordingly.

While preparing for a worst-case scenario, the army believes that the Palestinian security forces will "contain" the demonstrations and prevent them from clashing with Israeli troops.


Germany tells firm to drop Israel railway

By Toby Axelrod, May 12, 2011

Deutsche bahn International has withdrawn from a project to build the new Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem railway line after coming under pressure from the German government.


Japan rabbi in relief run

By Gabi Sheldon, May 12, 2011

A Tokyo rabbi has spoken of the devastation he has seen during his weekly visits to help refugees in north east Japan.

Rabbi Binyomin Y Edery, of Chabad, has been doing the 10-hour journey to deliver goods to Sendai and Fukushima since the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.


Poles finally learn about their Holocaust whistleblower

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

The late Jan Karski is a national hero in Poland for his role as a resistance fighter during the Second World War. Few, however, knew that he was also one of the first eyewitnesses of the Holocaust and documented the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto - despite having been recognised as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in 1982.


We hate Jews (except our best player)

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

When newspaper rumours first appeared about his possible transfer from Hapoel Beer Sheba to the Polish club of Wisla Krakow, Israeli football player Maor Melikson was bombarded with phone calls.

"A lot of people warned me off it. They told me: 'It's the most antisemitic club in Poland. They hate Jews, it won't be smart for a Jew to play there.'"


LA anti-cult group criticises Cruise award

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

The executive director of an educational group on cults has criticised Simon Wiesenthal Centre for handing its highest honour, the Humanitarian Award, to actor Tom Cruise at a ceremony in Beverly Hills last week.

Mr Cruise received the award for his financial support of the centre and its Museum of Tolerance, for which the dinner alone raised $1.4 million.


What a circus

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

A Washington courtroom settled down for a ringside seat this week at what must be one of Jewish America's most lurid family disputes.

The case is the latest chapter in a decades-old feud between two heirs of the Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus, estimated to be worth $750 million.


Barmitzvah at long last

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

Hollywood producer Branko Lustig, 78, has won two Academy awards, with prestigious production credits on Fiddler on the Roof, Sophie's Choice and Schindler's List. But the one thing Croatian-born Mr Lustig never had was a barmitzvah.