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Jennifer Aniston's "wedding dress" picture goes viral - with a little help from Israeli designer

By Jessica Weinstein, August 17, 2015

Over the weekend a picture of Jennifer Aniston in her wedding dress went viral – with the help of an Israeli designer.

The picture was posted on Facebook from a "Jennifer Aniston" account with the message: “You have my whole heart for my whole life. ‪#‎WeddingDress‬”.


Matisyahu is victim of BDS antisemitism, say Spanish Jews

By Jessica Weinstein, August 17, 2015

Spanish Reggae festival Rototom has dropped Jewish musician Matisyahu from its line-up after he refused a request to publicly back a Palestinian state.


Pro-Palestinians mount protest as Paris hosts Tel Aviv beach day

By Naomi Firsht, August 14, 2015

A rival “Gaza beach” was set up in Paris as pro-Palestinians protested against a Tel Aviv-themed beach day yesterday.

Around 100 pro-Palestinians chanted “Palestine will live” and wore “boycott Israel” T-shirts as they protested at the Paris Plage urban beach on the banks of the river Seine.


Tight security as Paris celebrates Tel Aviv beach day

By Naomi Firsht, August 13, 2015

A Tel Aviv-themed day at a Paris urban beach began calmly despite an increase in security after pro-Palestinian groups called for protests.

Hundreds of police officers are patrolling “Tel Aviv sur Seine” today, a man-made beach along the banks of the River Seine known as Paris Plage.


Obama believes Congress will back Iran deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 13, 2015

More than a month before the Washington vote on the nuclear agreement with Iran, President Barack Obama has already secured the support of around 20 Democrat senators.

He needs 34 of them to back him in order to prevent the deal's opponents from reaching a majority that would halt the deal and prevent the removal of sanctions against Iran.


International forum launches for LGBTQ Jews

By Charlotte Oliver, August 12, 2015

More than 60 Jewish activists from around the world have gathered in Austria to launch an international forum aiming to further the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.


Record number of visitors to Auschwitz in 2015

By Nissan Tzur, August 12, 2015

More than one million people have visited Auschwitz so far in 2015, the highest number ever recorded in the first seven months of a year.

The Auschwitz museum has estimated that, by the end of the year, the number of visitors will be above the 1.53 million people who toured the site last year.


Anti-fascist law criticised for ‘limiting free speech’

By Petru Clej, August 12, 2015

A new law which prohibits fascist propaganda and Holocaust denial in Romania has provoked criticism from nationalists who claim it is an attempt to limit free speech.

The new law mentions the Legionary Movement, a virulently antisemitic and fascist organisation that existed in Romania from 1927 to 1941.


Former president avoids court date as AMIA investigation goes on

By Charlotte Oliver, August 12, 2015

The former president of Argentina has been charged with derailing an investigation into the bombing of a Jewish centre that killed 85 people more than two decades ago.

Carlos Menem, who served as president between 1989 and 1999, is one of 13 people accused of covering up Argentina's worst terrorist attack.


CrossFit fan does handstand on Holocaust memorial

By Jessica Weinstein, August 11, 2015

A self-styled ‘CrossFit evangelist’ has come under fire for doing a handstand on top of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial.

Dave Driskell has been taking handstand photos around the world to help promote fitness and posted a (now deleted) image on of him doing a handstand on the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin on Instagram.