World news

Anger as French ban Israeli flags but let Palestinian flags fly

By Daniel Sugarman, August 26, 2016

Israeli fans were banned from bringing their flags into a French stadium while opposing fans flew the Palestinian flag, it has been claimed.

On Thursday night, Beitar Jerusalem played St Etienne in the second leg of their Europa League play-off.


Orthodox woman says burkini ban will boost her swimwear business

By JC Reporter, August 26, 2016

As the argument over the French burkini ban rages, one Charedi woman has described it as “the best commercial ever for modest swimwear”.

Yardena G, a Paris-born mother of nine who now lives in Jerusalem, owns Sea Secret, a swimsuit label for religious women.


Knitwear queen Sonia Rykiel dies

By JC Reporter, August 25, 2016

Fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has died aged 86.

President Francois Hollande’s office announced the French Jewish designer’s death in a statement on Thursday, describing her as a “pioneer”.

Known as “the queen of knitwear”, Mrs Rykiel started out by designing maternity dresses for herself, before opening her first ready-to-wear shop on Paris’ Left Bank in 1968.


Rabbis lash out at Trump

August 25, 2016

A group of Orthodox rabbis in America have signed a letter attacking the "hateful rhetoric" of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The 40 ministers, who include Irving "Yitz" Greenberg, the founding president of Clal - The National Jewish Centre for Learning and Leadership in New York - wrote that their "core religious values and essential theological beliefs… require us to condem


Jeremy Corbyn 'misinformed' over Bernie Sanders 'support'

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders has denied that he sent a message of support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn told supporters at a phone bank event on Monday that the Jewish senator, who lost out to Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Party nomination, had favourably compared the two politicians.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn later admitted that this was a mistake.


Belgian airline stops serving Israeli halva on flights

By Lianne Kolirin and Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

Brussels Airlines has been accused of taking part in a boycott after removing Israeli halva from its flights.

Some Israeli news sites reported that the carrier had banned the halva because it deemed the West Bank-made confectionary treat to be “controversial”.


Russian TV station blames Jews for Titanic, Chernobyl and 9/11

By Petru Clej, August 23, 2016

Purveyors of antisemitic conspiracy theories are two-a-penny, but one Russian TV documentary has gone a step further than most.

Jews are responsible for the sinking of the Titanic, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 September 2001, according to a short film broadcast recently on REN TV.


Official at Italy’s Islamic University calls for 'new final solution'

By JC Reporter, August 21, 2016

A senior member of staff at the Islamic University in Leece, Italy, has reportedly called for a new “final solution” for Zionists.

Raphael Villani, who works in the university’s public relations department, wrote in a Facebook post earlier this month that “there needs to be a final solution for Zionists,” and “the real Jews are the victims of Zionism”.


Magda Goebbels' biological father may have been Jewish

By JC Reporter, August 21, 2016

The discovery of a new document in the Berlin archives suggests that Magda Goebbel's biological father was Jewish.

The document, which was discovered by writer and historian Oliver Hilmes, and was published in the German newspaper, Bild, sheds a new light on the wife of Nazi Germany’s most notorious and high-ranking officials.


‘Allahu Akbar’ attacker stabs rabbi in Strasbourg

By JC Reporter, August 19, 2016

A Chasid has reportedly been knifed by a Muslim in Strasbourg.

According to newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, the attacker shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as he stabbed the 62-year-old rabbi, who has been identified as Chalom Levy, outside a restaurant.

Strasbourg's chief rabbi Rene Gutman told AFP that the suspect had previously attacked a member of the local Jewish community in 2010.