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In truth, the Farhud was Iraq's Shoah

By Edwin Black, May 28, 2015

"Violent dispossession" - in an Arabic dialect, the word is "Farhud". For decades after it occurred, many thought the orgy of violence against Iraq's Jews - who had been living in the area for some 2,600 years - had come out of nowhere.


No recognition of Shoah killing: Polish president

By Nissan Tzur, May 28, 2015

The newly elected President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, has said that an acknowledgement by the former head of state of Polish involvement in massacres of Jews during the Holocaust was "an attempt to destroy Poland's good name".

Mr Duda, of the right-wing Law and Justice party, was criticising comments made by former president Bronislaw Komorowski during the final pre-election debate last week.


Nazi 'Big Brother' series sparks anger

By Naomi Firsht, May 28, 2015

A Czech reality television show that sought to recreate life under the Nazi occupation has come under fire.

In Holiday of the Proctectorate, three generations of a family spend two months living among actors who play Nazi soldiers and other residents of their hamlet. They wear period dress and have to survive on rations. If the family can endure the conditions, they win a prize.


US strategic ties with Israel get $1.9bn boost

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 28, 2015

Over the past few days, the Obama administration has taken a number of steps to assure Israel that the strategic alliance between the two countries remains intact.

At the Nuclear Nonproliferation Review Conference last week, the US, Britain and Canada blocked a resolution that would have put pressure on Israel to disclose details about its nuclear weapons programme.


Only five months after the horror, shul security is waning

By Natasha Lehrer, May 28, 2015

In the wake of the siege and killings at the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris in January, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that all Jewish schools and synagogues in France would be protected around the clock by armed guards.


Toulouse still struggles with daily life

By Naomi Firsht, May 28, 2015

Heavily armed policemen line the street on both sides. Four more stand at a pair of high gates, near towering walls topped with barbed wire.

"We cannot live with military surrounding us," says local Rabbi Avraham Weill, standing in the playground of Ohr Torah school in Toulouse where, three years ago, a Muslim extremist gunned down three children and a teacher.


Three Jew-hate incidents 'every day' since Paris

By Naomi Firsht, May 28, 2015

A hate crimes watchdog has revealed that there has been an average of around three antisemitic incidents a day in France since the supermarket murders in Paris earlier this year.

In addition, the Bureau National de Vigilance Contre l'Antisemitisme (BNVCA) believes that there are even more antisemitic crimes than it has recorded because French Jews are reporting hate incidents "less and less".


Sheldon Adelson faces accusations of corruption and links to organised crime

By Sebastien Malo, May 27, 2015

A lawsuit against American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson involving accusations of graft and ties to organised crime will be heard in the United States after the businessman lost a bid to force the case out of the country.


Israel in Eurovision final for first time in five years

By Naomi Firsht, May 22, 2015

Israel will be singing its heart out along with 26 other countries after qualifying for the 2015 Eurovision final for the first time in five years.

Representing his country on Saturday night is 16-year-old Nadav Guedj singing “Golden Boy”. His semi-final rendition was met with loud applause on Thursday night and is a favourite to make it into the top 10.


How Romania swapped its last Jews for sheep

By Petru Clej, May 21, 2015

When a Romanian diplomat took a flight from Zurich to Bucharest in 1974, his uneventful journey ended in a nightmare when he realised he was missing a suitcase.

In fact, the diplomat was a general from the Securitate - Romania's dreaded Communist secret service - called Gheorghe Marcu, and the suitcase was stuffed with $1,000,000 in cash.