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Israeli organisation makes fake Hamas video to urge Brexit

By Nathan Jeffay, June 22, 2016

Hamas militants summoned a press conference to urge Britain to stay in the EU — or so it seems, according to an Israeli-made spoof.

The Regavim organisation has made a video using footage from a Hamas media briefing, dubbing it with an anti-Brexit address.


Three charged in US after couple ‘paid debt with daughter’

By Sandy Rashty, June 21, 2016

American police have charged an ex-Amish couple for allegedly “gifting” their teenage daughter to a man.

Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus have been accused of giving their 14-year-old daughter to Lee Kaplan, 51, who is Jewish, after he helped save their farm by providing financial support four years ago.


Spanish town that used to be called ‘Kill the Jews’ gets Israeli twin

By JC Reporter, June 20, 2016

The ancient Spanish town known as ‘Camp Kill the Jews’ (Castrillo Matajudios) has twinned with the northern Israeli town of Kfar Vradim.

A delegation from Castrillo Matajudios – which changed its name last year and is now called ‘Jewish Hill Camp’(Castrillo Mota de Judios ) – arrived in Israel at the weekend for the ceremony linking the two towns.


Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin: from oppression in Russia to Hollywood

By Charlotte Oliver, June 20, 2016

Jewish actor Anton Yelchin, best known for appearing in the new Star Trek films, was killed on Sunday when accidentally hit by his own car at his home in Los Angeles, police have said.


Three killed as car crashes into Tel Aviv restaurant

By Josh Jackman, June 19, 2016

Three people have died and six were left injured after a car crashed into restaurant customers in Tel Aviv.

Alan Weinkrantz, president of a high-tech PR company, and 47-year-old Menashe Raz from Ashdod were among those killed on Saturday night.

The driver of the car, a 41-year-old from Ra’anana, was also killed.


Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning jailed for camp murders

By JC Reporter, June 17, 2016

A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard has been jailed for five years after being convicted of being an accessory to murder on 170,000 counts.

Former SS Sergeant Reinhold Hanning worked in the Nazi death camp between 1942 and 1944, and at a time when thousands of Hungarian Jews were gassed.

Hanning had maintained that he served in a part of the camp where gassings did not occur.


Germans think Jews have too much influence, finds study

By JC Reporter, June 17, 2016

Eleven per cent of Germans think Jews have too much influence in society, according to a new study.

One in 10 want a new Fuhrer to run Germany, with around six per cent believing that Hitler would have been regarded as a great leader were it not for the Holocaust.

Researchers from the University of Leipzig asked 2,240 Germans about far-right attitudes.


On-the-run rabbi faces extradition over sex charges

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, leader of one of the largest groups of Breslov Chassidim, is facing extradition from South Africa to Israel following a three-year odyssey in which he has evaded charges of sexual assault.


Aipac strikes over military cash

By Josh Jackman, June 16, 2016

The largest pro-Israel lobby in the United States has condemned the White House for rejecting an increase in funding for Israeli missile defence programmes.

Aipac said it was "deeply disappointed" with the Obama administration for criticising the House of Representatives' attempt to raise the amount available to Israel by an extra £320 million next year.

The organisation said programmes inc


Avram Grant's passport to Polish past

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Avram Grant, the former Chelsea manager, has adopted the Polish nationality of his family who were forced to flee Nazi occupation in 1939.

Mr Grant received a Polish passport during a private ceremony at the country's embassy in London on Monday.