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Germans lead the charge for Iran contracts

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 22, 2015

After a long period in which Israel had pressed a wide international coalition to isolate Iran both diplomatically and financially, its leaders will now have to get used to the sight of some of their closest allies visiting Tehran.

The first to do so last weekend was German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who arrived at the head of a large delegation of business people eager to beat their West


Ex-Chasid, 30, jumps to her death in New York

By JC Reporter, July 22, 2015

A former Chasid jumped to her death from a rooftop bar in New York on Monday.

Faigy Mayer, 30, carried out the apparent suicide after climbing onto a ledge during a party on the roof of the 230 Fifth restaurant in the Flatiron District.

Ms Mayer grew up as a Belz Chasid in the Williamsburg community of Brooklyn, New York media outlets reported.


Unhysterical truth about US campus hate

July 22, 2015

How bad is antisemitism at American universities? Pretty bad, if recent events are anything to go by. Antisemitic incidents at the University of California have apparently become so common that last week the state's legislative assembly approved a resolution condemning Jew-hate on campuses.


Theodore Bikel, famous for Fiddler on the Roof role, dies aged 91

By Tom Tugend, July 22, 2015

Theodore Bikel, folk singer, actor, liberal activist, Zionist and multilinguist, died Tuesday morning at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 91.


Novelist E L Doctorow dies, aged 84

By JC Reporter, July 22, 2015

E L Doctorow, the acclaimed American Jewish author, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 84.

In a tweet, United States president Barack Obama paid tribute, describing him as “one of America’s greatest novelists.

“His books taught me much, and he will be missed.”


US may release Pollard 'to sweeten Israel'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 20, 2015

The Jewish press is awash with speculation that Jonathan Pollard, the American who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel, will be released from prison in November.

Israel has been increasing pressure on the US to free Pollard in recent years, and his detention has become a popular cause among the Israeli public.


Remains of 86 Jews used by Nazis for medical experiments found in Strasbourg laboratory

By Jessica Weinstein, July 20, 2015

The remains of 86 Jewish people sent to Nazi gas chambers in 1943 have been found at a forensic medicine institute in Strasbourg in France.

They were found by historian Raphael Toledano and included bodies that were dismembered and burnt and a jar of “skin fragments” from a gas chamber victim.


‘International firms queuing up as Iran awaits multi-billion-dollar boost’

By JC Reporter, July 17, 2015

Companies around the world are preparing to renew their commercial ties with Iran, according to an Israeli defence official.


Executed ‘Soviet spy’ Ethel Rosenberg may have been innocent, court documents reveal

By Rosa Doherty, July 17, 2015

A Jewish-American woman executed for being a spy in 1953 may have been innocent, according to declassified documents.

Ethel Rosenberg was executed by electric chair at a New York prison after her brother testified that she had passed atomic secrets to the Soviets during the Cold War.


Iran deal is a blow to the credibility of Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 16, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's response on Tuesday morning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear programme was hardly surprising.