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Bernie Sanders: Being Jewish made me political

By JC Reporter, October 14, 2015

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has opened up about his Jewish background.

The left-wing Mr Sanders, who has long been reluctant to discuss his roots, told the New Yorker in a recent interview that growing up in a less-than-wealthy Jewish family instilled in him the idea that politics mattered.


Ben Carson claims gun ownership could have saved more Jews from the Holocaust

By Josh Jackman, October 9, 2015

A Republican presidential candidate has been condemned for saying that Holocaust victims might have stopped the genocide if they had been armed.


Eurocrats reverse decision to condemn brit milah

By Toby Axelrod, October 8, 2015

Jewish and Muslim groups have succeeded in reversing a Council of Europe resolution that condemned ritual circumcision of boys.

Backtracking on a two-year-old resolution condemning the practice, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) passed a new statement last Thursday reasserting its commitment to protecting religious freedom.


The soldier who a created a haven from the hell of the Holocaust

By Karen Glaser, October 8, 2015

Some thought he was a psychologist, others called him a teacher and many knew him as a soldier.

What is certain is that Moshe Ze'iri had a remarkable - if category-resistant - career.

Mr Ze'iri was a member of a Jewish-Palestinian unit in the British army, which was stationed in northern Italy immediately after the war.


New EU antisemitism tsar as report tracks rise in hate

October 8, 2015

Frans Timmermans, a former foreign minister of the Netherlands and the vice-president of the European Commission, has said he will act as the EU's first envoy on antisemitism.


Writer jailed for trying to reclaim Nazi-stolen loot

By Toby Axelrod, October 8, 2015

Outrage is mounting following the jailing of an Austrian Jewish writer who tried to claim compensation from the Austrian state over the theft of his ancestors' home by the Nazis in 1938.

Stephan Templ, who in 2001 published a critical book about restitution in Austria, was incarcerated this week and is to remain in jail for one year, convicted of having defrauded the state.


Spain gives citizenship to more than 4,000 Sephardim

By Josh Jackman, October 4, 2015

The Spanish government has granted citizenship to 4,302 Sephardim whose Jewish ancestors were expelled from the country in 1492.

Under the new law, which was passed in June and came into effect on Thursday, successful applicants may retain their original nationality as well as becoming a Spanish citizen.


Two stabbed to death in Jerusalem terror attack

By JC Reporter, October 3, 2015

Two men were killed and two others were wounded in an attack in the Old City in Jerusalem on Saturday. 

The attacker was shot dead by security forces, Haaretz reported.


Israel is world's front line against barbarism, Netanyahu tells UN

By Orlando Radice, October 1, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned his rhetorical guns on Iran and the international community’s refusal to speak out against its “genocidal intentions” in his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York today.


Krakow shul's High Holy day cat fight

By Nissan Tzur, October 1, 2015

This year's Yom Kippur ceremony in Krakow's main synagogue turned out to be a very different occasion to what had been intended.

When the Chief Rabbi of Krakow, Eliezer Gur-Ari, turned down a request from a senior member of the congregation to lead a prayer, an ugly verbal brawl erupted.