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Yiddisher sheep breeder who shepherds refugees

By Toby Axelrod, October 1, 2015

As Europe is gripped by the refugee crisis, one Austrian farmer with Jewish roots is playing his part to alleviate the suffering.

Hans Breuer - who runs a sheep farm near Vienna - has been picking up refugees from a Hungarian camp and driving them to a location close to the Austrian border, to help them on their way into the heart of Europe.


TV station red-faced over Yom Kippur Nazi gaffe

October 1, 2015

A Chicago-based television station broadcasted a news feature on Yom Kippur using a background image associated with the Nazis.

The presenter of WGN TV's feature about Yom Kippur last week sat in front of a photo of the yellow Star of David that the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.


Sound and fury from Abbas at the UN, signifying nothing

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2015

The United Nations’ 70th General Assembly this week in New York was overshadowed by one issue: Syria.


Abbas produces fiery rhetoric but no bombshells in UN speech

By Orlando Radice, September 30, 2015

In a much-anticipated address at the United Nations General Assembly today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas did not drop the “bombshell” that he has been hinting at in recent weeks.


Animal rights activists campaign against chicken-swinging in New York

By JC Reporter, September 30, 2015

The strictly Orthodox custom of swinging a chicken around one’s head as a way of purging sin ahead of Yom Kippur was the subject of protests and lawsuits in the US during this year’s High Holy Days.


French school made Jewish and Muslim pupils wear red discs

By Naomi Firsht, September 27, 2015

A French school has sparked outrage by making Jewish and Muslim pupils wear red discs around their necks to indicate to canteen workers that they do not eat pork.

Piedalloues primary school in Auxerre, central France gave red discs to children who did not eat pork and yellow discs to non-meat eaters.


Israeli army officer suspended over alleged assault on journalists

By Naomi Firsht, September 27, 2015

The Israeli army has suspended the officer in charge during an incident filmed on video in which two journalists were seemingly assaulted by IDF soldiers in the West Bank.

Soldiers appeared to assault two Agence France Presse journalists, steal their equipment and destroy it.


School to pay £500k in sex abuse lawsuit

By Henry Benjamin, September 24, 2015

A woman alleged to have been sexually abused by the principal of a strictly Orthodox Jewish day school in Melbourne has been awarded £588,000 in damages.

Hadassah Ehrlich sued Adass Yisroel School alleging that headmistress Malka Leifer abused her from 2002, when she was 15.

Ms Ehrlich's two sisters, who also attended the school, claim they were also abused by Leifer.


Turkey is fanning Europe’s refugee crisis, say Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2015

Senior Israeli diplomatic sources say that the Syrian refugee crisis is being deliberately worsened by Turkey as part of a plan to force Nato to act against President Bashar al-Assad.


91-year-old woman charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder for role in Holocaust

By JC Reporter, September 22, 2015

German prosecutors have charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in Auschwitz.

The woman, whose name has not been disclosed, is alleged to have served as a radio operator for the camp commandant from April to July 1944.