World news

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.


Tailor's cutter who became king of Lampedusa

May 21, 2015

This tiny Italian island 200km south of Sicily has repeatedly hit the headlines as one of the target-destinations for thousands of African migrants to Europe.

However, Lampedusa is also known for a happier story of arrival.


Greek city's Shoah 'insult' sparks fury

By Victor Eliezer, May 21, 2015

A Greek city council has been forced to apologise after it requested that the Star of David be removed from a commemoration stone due to be unveiled in a Shoah memorial ceremony.

Last Sunday, May 17, was meant to be a day of remembrance for the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were deported and killed by the Nazis.


Settlement pioneer lived to see his plan mushroom

By Colin Shindler, May 21, 2015

Moshe Levinger, who died last week, was the symbolic initiator of the settlement drive in the West Bank, following Israel's lightning victory in six days in 1967.