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Nazi war crime trial with a difference

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Oskar Groening is no ordinary war crime suspect.

The so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", who counted and passed on money gathered from Jewish prisoners at the death camp, went on trial this week accused of being an accomplice to 300,000 murders.


EU ministers call for labelling

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

A letter signed by 16 European Union foreign ministers calling for the labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank has caused anger in Jerusalem but is unlikely to be implemented in the near future.


How a Facebook status led to chaos on campus

By Sebastien Malo, April 23, 2015

A month-old Facebook post written by a Jewish college professor about last summer's Gaza conflict has triggered a debate on intolerance at a liberal arts college in Connecticut.

The controversy over philosophy expert Andrew Pessin's remarks is seen as a microcosm of the tension between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian advocates on American campuses.


Law would ban hate in France

By Shirli Sitbon, April 23, 2015

The French government has presented draft legislation which includes 40 measures aimed at tackling the dramatic rise of antisemitism in the country.

It intends to back the plan with 100 million Euros of funding, to be used to train teachers in fighting intolerance.

A special government unit could also be set-up to challenge antisemitism and racism on social media sites.


Leading Italian rabbi Elio Toaff dies aged 99

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

Rome’s Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff – who fought the Nazis and strengthened relations between the Italian Jewish community and Catholic Church after centuries of mistrust – died on Sunday.


Rabbis convicted of Sopranos-style New Jersey divorce kidnap plot

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2015

Three Orthodox rabbis have been convicted for a Sopranos-style plot in which they planned the torture of Jewish men who refused to divorce their wives.

Rabbis Mendel Epstein, Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler were found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday.


Nazi 'book-keeper' admits to moral guilt

By Charlotte Oliver, April 22, 2015

A former SS guard known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” has asked for forgiveness as he stands trial for contributing to the murder of at least 30,000 Jews.

Oskar Groening, now aged 93, said he was “morally guilty”, as he appeared before almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives in court in the north German city of Lueneburg on Tuesday.


Israel honours Arab teen who was killed in revenge attack

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Israel has added Muhammed Abu Khdeir’s name to a monument for terror victims on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl.

The Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed last summer in an act of revenge following the murder of Israeli teenagers Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach by Hamas terrorists.


Iran plans new Holocaust cartoon contest

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Iran will host its second international Holocaust cartoon contest next month.

Artists are invited to submit work based on Shoah denial, and touching on subjects including what the organisers call oppression of Palestinians and caricatures of Benjamin Netanyahu and Hitler.


'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' goes on trial in Germany

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2015

A former SS guard, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, faces trial today, charged with contributing to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the Nazi concentration camp.

More than 50 Holocaust survivors and relatives of victims have travelled to the north German city of Lueneburg to witness the case against Oskar Groening, now aged 93.