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Extremism experts worried by popularity of Hitler ‘comedy’ in Germany

By Naomi Firsht, November 4, 2015

A chart-topping comedy film about Adolf Hitler waking up after a 68-year sleep in his bunker has sparked concerns that it has made the Führer seem more likeable.

Er Ist Wieder Da (Look Who’s Back) knocked Pixar’s animation Inside Out off the top spot in Germany and is based on the book by Timur Vermes that has sold more than 1.5 million copies since its publication in 2012.


Man on flight attacks Israeli and calls for passengers to lynch him

By Naomi Firsht, November 4, 2015

A Sudanese man has been arrested after he attempted to murder an Israeli passenger on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

The 54-year-old victim, named only as Arik by news site Ynet, was travelling from Chad to Ethiopia last week when the attacker tried to choke him before trying to convince other passengers to “lynch” his victim.


Parmesan - the 'king of cheese' - is now kosher

By Jessica Weinstein, November 3, 2015

Good news for cheese lovers and Italian aficionados – Parmesan is now kosher.

The first wheel of kosher Parmesan – complete with a Star of David stamped on its rind - was revealed at the Milan World’s Fair last week.


I have Jewish friends, says Austrian MP fired for antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, November 3, 2015

Austrian MP Susanne Winter has been fired by the far-right Freedom Party for agreeing with an antisemitic comment on her Facebook page.


New, improved test for Ashkenazi genetic diseases

By Josh Jackman, November 2, 2015

A new method to identify Ashkenazi disease carriers will be significantly more effective than traditional tests, a US genetics company has announced.

Good Start Genetics (GSG), a Massachusetts-based biotechnology firm, said that the new technique was 30 per cent more successful than established methods.


Treasure hunters dig up Holocaust victims’ graves

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

Holocaust victims’ graves have been dug up by looters searching for treasure at the former site of the Sobibor death camp in Poland.

Sobibor museum staff taking part in an official archaeological dig found that graves had been disturbed by suspected gold and metal hunters.


Jewish woman killed in Russian plane crash

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2015

A young Jewish woman was among the 224 victims believed to have been killed on board a Russian plane that crashed in Egypt this week.

Anna Tishinskaya, 27, was on the chartered flight travelling from Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular resort destination in the north of Egypt, to St Petersburg in Russia. The plane crashed in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday.


Hologram of Andy Kaufman to perform across America

By Dan Friedman, October 29, 2015

Andy Kaufman did not let his contempt for jokes get in the way of being America's funniest performance artist in the late '70s. He did not let his lack of wrestling ability get in the way of wrestling Jerry "The King" Lawler in front of a packed Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis in April 1982. And he's not letting his untimely 1984 death at the age of 35 get in the way of a new tour in 2016.


Latest Palestinian knife attacks leave Israelis injured but alive

By Josh Jackman, October 28, 2015

Two stabbing attacks by Palestinians on Israelis on Wednesday have left one civilian moderately injured.

An attempted assault on an Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldier in Hebron on Wednesday was foiled by troops, who shot the attacker dead. The target of the stabbing was unharmed.


Don’t worry, the US is still the Great Satan

By JC Reporter, October 28, 2015

The Iranian news agency Fars last week ran a story in which the head of a local Islamist organisation was quoted as saying that American flags were not to be burnt any more — only those of Israel.

The quote from the group, which is closely linked to the regime’s feared Revolutionary Guards, caused a public storm.