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Abbas in fight to maintain position of power in Palestinian Authority

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 26, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s resignation from his post as president of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s Executive Committee has fuelled speculation that he may be planning to step down from his position as president of the Palestinian Authority as well.


Holocaust trauma passed on to children via genes, says scientist

By Jessica Weinstein, August 24, 2015

A study of Holocaust survivors and their children has shown that trauma can be passed on through genes.

The study, led by Rachel Yehuda from New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, looked at the genes of 32 men and women who directly experienced the Holocaust - either in a concentration camp or who had to hide during the Second World War.


Matisyahu performs at music festival he was banned from

By Jessica Weinstein, August 23, 2015

American Jewish Reggae star Matisyahu has performed at the Spanish music festival he was banned from - and then re-invited to - to catcalls and an audience waving Palestinian flags.


Abbas resigns as PLO chief

By Jessica Weinstein, August 23, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has resigned as the Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s executive committee, it has been announced.

At a PLO committee session on Saturday night Mr Abbas announced that he would be resigning as head of the PLO. He will retain his post as Palestinian Authority president, however.


Men claim to have found Nazi train carrying stolen gold

By Jessica Weinstein, August 21, 2015

Two men have claimed to have found an Nazi-era train carrying loot – stolen from Jews - that disappeared without a trace during the Second World War.

The men – one Pole and one German – filed the claim in the south-west Polish town of Walbrzych, where, according to Polish law, treasure finders can keep 10 per cent of the value of their discovery.


Johansson, Kunis and Portman among highest-paid actresses

By Jessica Weinstein, August 21, 2015

Three Jewish actresses are among the highest paid actresses in the world.

According to Forbes’ annual list, Scarlett Johansson ranked second, earning $35,500,000 from June 2014 to June 2015. Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman also made it on to the list, but pulled in significantly less than the Lost in Translation star, earning $6,500,000 and $6,000,000 respectively.


Britain to reopen embassy in Iran after four-year closure

By Naomi Firsht, August 20, 2015

The UK is set to reopen its embassy in Tehran after a four-year closure.

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond will reopen the embassy in the Iranian capital this weekend. At the same time, the Iranian embassy in London will also re-open.


Reggae festival apologises to Matisyahu and re-invites him to perform

By Jessica Weinstein, August 19, 2015

Jewish reggae star Matisyahu has been re-invited to perform at Spanish Reggae Festival Rototom having been dropped earlier this week.

Rototom issued a statement apologising for having asked the Jewish musician to publically support the Palestinians as a condition for performing and invited him to sing as originally scheduled on 22 August.


Hamas takes Mossad spy dolphin into custody

By Naomi Firsht, August 19, 2015

Hamas claims it has captured a dolphin that was spying for Israel.

The terrorist group claimed that the dolphin, found off the Gaza coast, was equipped with “spying equipment” including cameras.

The Israeli Navy does have a fleet of “Dolphin-class” submarines, but the Army Radio report made it clear Hamas was referring to a mammal.


‘World’s oldest Jew’ dies aged 114

By Jessica Weinstein, August 18, 2015

Goldie Steinberg, reported to be the world’s oldest Jewish person, died this week aged 114.

Mrs Steinberg - who was also the sixth-oldest person in the world - was born in 1900 in what is now Moldova, and survived the 1903 Kishinev pogrom in which 49 Jews died and 500 were injured over two days.