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Tourists threaten Auschwitz future

By Isabel De Bertodano, January 22, 2015

These days a trip to Auschwitz is not so much a pilgrimage as an essential part of any tourist itinerary.

Travel companies offer the visit as part of a day-trip from Krakow, followed by a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Advertisers are cashing in on the record numbers of visitors, erecting hoardings on the approach to it.


Death of the lawyer who accused Argentina's president is 'disaster'

By Isabel De Bertodano and Adam Feinstein, January 22, 2015

Argentinian Jewish leaders were in uproar this week after the lawyer investigating a cover-up over the bombing of the Amia Jewish centre was found dead hours before he was due to give evidence against the country's president.


World's biggest ship named after Nazi

By Toby Axelrod, January 22, 2015

Should the world's largest ship be named after a convicted Nazi war criminal? No, says retired British businessman John Donovan - and he's not sitting idly by.

The Colchester resident has launched an online petition asking shipping magnate Edward Heerema of the Allseas Group SA to change the name of its giant new vessel, the Pieter Schelte.


Fatah pact with Hamas breaks down

January 22, 2015

Both main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, are under increasing pressure as the reconciliation pact they signed nine months ago appears to have broken down.

Although the agreement led to the formation of a Palestinian unity government, which is still in office, there is no real co-ordination between the Fatah-dominated West Bank, and Gaza under Hamas rule, and no date has been set for new


Far-right leader resigns over Hitler photo

By Josh Jackman, January 21, 2015

The leader of a German far-right movement has resigned after a photo of him posing as Adolf Hitler on Facebook went viral.

Lutz Bachmann co-founded Pegida, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, in October and has since organised weekly marches that have attracted up to 25,000 people.


Four men charged over Paris killings

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Four men have been accused of assisting the gunman who shot four hostages at a Parisian kosher supermarket this month.

The men – aged 22, 25, 26 and 28 – have received preliminary charges of association with terrorism.

They are believed to have provided Amedy Coulibaly – who shot a French policewoman a day before attacking the kosher Hyper Cacher store – with logistical support.


Games of Thrones is coming to Tel Aviv

By Josh Jackman, January 21, 2015

Become a Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, or Baratheon and make your move for the Iron Throne in the dramatic, deadly world of Westeros.

For Game of Thrones fans in Tel Aviv, this dream will become a reality when an interactive exhibition of the HBO adaptation arrives in the city during Pesach, from April 5 - 9.


EU appeals court decision to delist Hamas as terror group

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The European Union will appeal a decision by its central court to remove Palestinian group Hamas from the EU terrorism blacklist.

Last month, the court annulled the designation of Hamas as a terrorist group and ended the freezing of Hamas funds on procedural grounds, although no cash will be released until the case is resolved.

The move was condemned by pro-Israel groups.


'Three people taken hostage in Paris'

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

A gunman who took up to five people hostage in a Paris post office today, has handed himself over to police.

He was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and numerous grenades. No one was injured in the incident.

Sources told the Liberation newspaper he was reacting to a "heartbreak - disappointed in love".

The post office is said to be in Colombe, in north-western Paris.


Jewish schools close in Belgium and Holland after terror threat

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Jewish schools in Belgium and the Netherlands will remain closed on Friday due to fears they could be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

Schools in Antwerp and Brussels cancelled lessons for the day, while the only Orthodox institution in Amsterdam, the Jewish Children Community Cheder, also closed its doors as a precaution.