World news

Jailed judge asks for a masseuse

By Dan Goldberg, April 2, 2009

Disgraced former judge Marcus Einfeld, who began his three-year jail sentence for perjury last week, started life in prison as he means to go on — by requesting a masseuse and a psychologist.

Marcus Einfeld also asked for his cell door to be left open at night because he would be too hot.

The judge was jailed for at least two years last week for lying under oath to avoid paying a £35 speeding fine in 2006.

The New South Wales Corrective Services are unlikely to agree to Einfeld’s demands, but have allowed him a television in his cell.


Arms still tunnelled into Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 2, 2009

Explosives are still being smuggled into Gaza, despite Operation Cast Lead and the international coalition set up to stop the flow of weapons.

Israeli intelligence reports have revealed that, since the end of the operation, 22 tons of explosives, 45 tons of explosive-making materials and hundreds of missiles and mortar bombs have been smuggled into Gaza through the tunnel beneath the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

This has been happening despite the efforts of eight Nato members, including the UK, who have set up a coalition to fight the smuggling.


Court outlaws animal rights group’s Nazi ad

By Toby Axelrod and Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2009

Holocaust groups have welcomed a German supreme court ruling against a poster campaign which compared the slaughter of animals to the Shoah.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) “Holocaust on your Plate” adverts constituted an offence against human dignity, the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said last week.

Paul Spiegel, late president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, filed a lawsuit in 2004 after Peta attempted to launch the campaign in Germany.


Dubliner rises to top of American Jewry

By Leon Symons, April 2, 2009

The grandson of a former Board of Deputies president has won one of the top jobs in the American Jewish community.

Gideon Taylor, 44, grandson of the late Lord Fisher, has been appointed associate executive vice-president — a new post and number two in the organisation — of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the biggest Jewish social welfare organisation in the world.


Canada: no to Galloway

April 2, 2009

A Canadian judge has upheld a ban on the British Respect Party MP, George Galloway, from entering the country for a speaking tour.

Federal court Justice Luc Martineau maintained the ruling on the grounds that Mr Galloway had given money to Hamas — proscribed in Canada as a terrorist organisation — and therefore posed a risk to national security.

Judge Martineau denied a request for an injunction to allow the MP in from America. In a written ruling, the judge said he was not willing to exempt Mr Galloway from Canada’s immigration laws.


Exodus 2009

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2009

One of the oldest Jewish communities in the world, the Jews of Yemen, looks likely to come to an end as rescue operations begin to bring Yemeni Jews out of the country to escape persecution from Islamist extremists.

London’s strictly-Orthodox community is working with Immigration Minister Phil Woolas to ensure at least 120 people can move to Stamford Hill, north London.


MEPs unite against Le Pen

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2009

Politicians across Europe are planning to unite to stop French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen becoming the “father” of the European Parliament.

Mr Le Pen is expected to be the oldest member of the parliament if re-elected in June, meaning he would chair sessions until a new president is elected

But Socialist and Green party members have proposed a rule change to block him taking up the role.


‘Striking’ liberalism among European Jewish leaders

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2009

Just 17 per cent of European Jewish leaders would prefer a hawkish government in Israel compared with 69 per cent who would not, according to a new survey.

The poll also found that rising intermarriage and alienation from the Jewish community are considered far more serious threats to Jewish life than antisemitism.


‘Nazi guard’ deported to US

March 26, 2009

A man accused of being a former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Austria from the US.

US investigators say Josiah Kumpf, 83, took part in a 1943 mass shooting at Trawniki labour camp, Poland.


Holocaust survivors get cash boost

By Toby Axelrod, March 26, 2009

Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe — many of them living in poverty — are to receive major increases in monthly payments from Germany, following intensive negotiations with the Claims Conference that ended last week in Berlin.

The agreement means that an estimated £55 million in extra funds will be paid over the next 10 years to approximately 13,000 Holocaust survivors in 22 countries.

There will also be major increases in Central and Eastern European Fund (CEEF) monthly payments to survivors in EU and non-EU countries.