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Revealed: the anti-Israel network behind UN's Gaza investigation

By Gerald Steinberg, March 13, 2015

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is one of many organisations that use moral-sounding language as a façade for the opposite. Its officials and activities are controlled by regimes with abysmal human rights records - including Russia, China, and Middle Eastern dictatorships. It is not surprising that Israel is the main focus of "investigations" and condemnations.


Jewish guilt could be in your genes, says professor

By David Lazarus, March 12, 2015

Can one man's meshugas continue through his progeny and untold generations to come?

Quite possibly, thinks Dr Moshe Szyf, a pioneering genetics scientist and pharmacology professor based at McGill University in Canada.

London-born and observant, Dr Szyf's research is proving that negative life experiences can alter the genome of future generations.

The implication for Jews is that the way


Jihadis wiping out Jewish heritage

By Nathan Jeffay, March 12, 2015

Islamic state is inflicting massive damage on Jewish sites and artefacts in the Middle East, and the extent of the damage may not be known for years, according to a leading expert on heritage sites in the terrorist group's strongholds.

"The level of devastation of history and culture will not be known until scholars are allowed to go and examine the area for themselves," said Filip Vukosavovic,


US attempts to reassure all as Iran deal nears

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

Ahead of another round of talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and the Iranians next week in Lausanne, American negotiators have been seeking to both reduce expectations and lower opposition to an eventual nuclear agreement.

Following Israeli officials' complaints that they are not being updated on the talks, a flurry of meetings and phone conversations took place between senior US dip


Romania to speed up restitution

By Petru Clej, March 12, 2015

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has promised to accelerate the restitution of Jewish properties confiscated in the 20th century.

Mr Ponta made the pledge after meeting a World Jewish Restitution Organisation (WJRO) delegation in Bucharest.

Romania has legislated to restitute Jewish communal properties, but so far only about 300 of 1,980 claims have been resolved.

The restitution of p


Outrage over eBay 'Jew soap'

By Toby Axelrod, March 11, 2015

A Dutch eBay vendor has been stopped from selling what he claimed was soap made from Jewish victims of the Nazis.

The vendor turned himself in to the authorities, and an investigation is underway as to the authenticity of his claim.


Islamic State video execution of ‘Israeli spy’

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2015

A video released by Islamic State (IS) appears to shows a child killing a teenager accused of being an “Israeli spy”.

The film, posted online by IS militants on Tuesday, apparently showed a young boy shooting dead Muhammad Musallam, a 19-year-old Israeli Arab from East Jerusalem.

The terror group accused Mr Musallam of falsely signing up as a jihadi to spy for Israel.


PayPal buys Israel cyber security firm for £40 million

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2015

Multibillion-pound online payment service PayPal has announced that it will open a major cyber security hub in Tel Aviv, after acquiring Israeli firm CyActive for a figure believed to be around £40 million.


Dark secrets of a Polish tourist mecca

By Nissan Tzur, March 10, 2015

Antisemitic graffiti is sadly a common sight on Polish streets. Some of the language is directed at football teams; in other cases, it is aimed at Jews.

However, in the past few weeks in Krakow, the problem has moved up a gear. Walls and houses across the city have been hit with a wave of antisemitic daubings, and the messages, such as “Jews to the oven”, have been particularly vicious.


Terror attack at Jerusalem light rail station

By JC Reporter, March 6, 2015

Seven people have been injured after a car rammed a group waiting at a light railway station in Jerusalem.

Some reports indicated that upon hitting the victims, the driver emerged from the vehicle wielding a knife and attempted to stab passers-by, but was unsuccessful.

The attacker was reportedly shot and incapacitated by police.