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'Key French jihadi recruiter' arrested

By Michel Gurfinkiel, September 18, 2014

A 30-year-old jihadi described by the French Interior Ministry as "very dangerous" was arrested on his arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris last week.

Mourad Fares had been extradited from Turkey, where he had been arrested a month earlier at the request of French authorities.


Jobbik fields Jew for mayor

By Valentina Jovanovski, September 18, 2014

Hungary's Jewish leaders have hit out at a decision by antisemitic party Jobbik to field a local election candidate with Jewish ancestry.

Péter Jakab announced his candidacy for mayor of the north-eastern town of Miskolc in late May, while also revealing that his mother's family was Jewish. He added that he was not practising.


Merkel's speech against antisemitism

September 17, 2014

The fact that today there are again more than 100,000 Jews living in Germany is nothing short of a miracle. It’s a precious gift which fills me with profound gratitude.

That people in Germany today are being verbally abused, threatened and attacked when it somehow becomes apparent that they are Jewish or when they express their support for the State of Israel, is outrageous.


Auschwitz guard charged with murder of 300,000

September 17, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.


Angela Merkel pledges to fight German antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do everything possible to fight antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in her country.

Speaking at an unprecedented rally against the rise of antisemitism, in Berlin on Sunday, she said it was “an outrageous scandal” that German Jews had been threatened.


Today in France, the Shoah flashbacks keep on coming

By Michel Gurfinkiel, September 12, 2014

A remarkable ceremony took place last Sunday at the Rabbinical School of France in Paris.


Accused killer 'was Isis torturer'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

The alleged killer of four at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May beat Western hostages while fighting with Isis in Syria, according to a former prisoner of the terror group.


A superstar send-off, just as Rivers requested

By Orlando Radice, September 11, 2014

Perhaps the best description of Joan Rivers's funeral came from the late, great comedian herself.

Ms Rivers, who died last week aged 81, wrote in 2012 how she wanted her send-off to be "a huge showbiz affair... I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on. I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents."


Accused Brussels killer ‘was Isis torturer’

By Daniel Easterman, September 8, 2014

The main suspect in the shooting of four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels was a torturer for Islamic State, according to a French journalist who was held captive by the terrorist group.


Tributes paid to comedy legend Joan Rivers

By Daniel Easterman and Sophie Lipton, September 5, 2014

The entertainment world has paid tribute to comedian Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81.

Her career in showbusiness spanned five decades.

Until last month she appeared healthy and energetic but suffered cardiac arrest during a medical procedure last week. Ms Rivers' daughter, Melissa, announced her death on Thursday night.