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'Exhume Polish Jewish graves'

By Jessica Weinstein, July 21, 2016

A Polish mayor has called for the exhumation of a Jewish mass-grave to help determine whether Polish locals or German soldiers perpetrated the Jedwabne massacre 75 years ago. Mayor Michael Chajewski said: "It's not all that clear."


Argentina’s president marks Amia bombing

By Jessica Weinstein, July 19, 2016

Monday marked 22 years since the bombing of the Amia Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and senior members of his cabinet attended the memorial ceremony, whose motto this year was “memory unites us”.


The 'godfather of punk' dies at 78

By Daniel Sugarman, July 19, 2016

Alan Vega, one half of punk duo Suicide, has died at the age of 78.

You might not have heard of the American duo but Suicide’s creation of synthesiser rock has been credited as an inspiration to a number of the world’s most famous bands and music groups, including Radiohead, Pet Shop Boys and REM.


Alden Ehrenreich to play Han Solo in Star Wars spin-off

By JC Reporter, July 18, 2016

The actor due to play a young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars spin-off has been announced – and it’s Jewish star Alden Ehrenreich.

Mr Ehrenreich, 26, will play the character made famous by Harrison Ford in 1977 in a prequel about the early life of Han Solo, one of the series’ most famous characters.


Jewish woman injured in Nice terror attack dies of her wounds

By Shirli Sitbon, July 17, 2016

A Jewish woman who was taken into hospital following the truck-ramming attack in Nice last Thursday has died.

Raymonde Mamane, 77, was critically injured and put on a respirator following the outrage but succumbed to her injuries on Sunday. Her sister Clara Bensimon, 80 is still in a coma according to reports, which also say she had to have her legs amputated as a result of her injuries.


Attempted coup in Turkey will not affect deal with Israel, says Netanyahu

By JC Reporter, July 16, 2016

The reconciliation process between Israel and Turkey will continue despite the move to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.


Jewish stars nominated for Emmies

By JC Reporter, July 15, 2016

The list of Emmy nominees for the 2016 awards was announced today.

Among the roll call of the actors and TV shows you have been watching all year, a number of Jewish stars got the nod ahead of the ceremony on September 18.


Dallas sniper’s links to antisemitic groups

By Jessica Weinstein, July 15, 2016

The army veteran who shot and killed five police officers during a protest in Dallas last week was interested in the Nation of Islam, which has a history of antisemitism. According to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson “liked” Nation of Islam on Facebook, as well as other militant groups including the anti-Zionist New Black Panther Party.


Thirty-five Righteous Gentiles honoured

By Jessica Weinstein, July 15, 2016

One of the largest-ever gatherings of Shoah rescuers took place in Warsaw this week. The event to honour 35 Polish rescuers of Jews, organised by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, was likely to be among the last of its kind, as the Righteous Gentiles ranged in age from the late 80s to 101.


Republicans sidestep two-state solution

By Jessica Weinstein, July 15, 2016

America’s Republican Party released a draft platform this week that backtracked on its support for a two-state solution. The statement described Jerusalem “as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state”, and appeared to roll back on recognition of Palestinian nationhood, with key clauses leaving out the concept of “two states for two peoples”.