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Germany debates Mein Kampf legalisation

By Toby Axelrod, July 3, 2014

Almost everywhere in the world, Hitler's Mein Kampf is a dubious bestseller, even 70 years after the end of the war. But in Germany, it is illegal to publish it. That is, until next year.


Memorial vandals say Athens synagogue is next

By Victor Eliezer, July 3, 2014

Last Friday, vandals defaced a Holocaust memorial in Athens.

The attackers left a note in black marker pen on one of the stones, saying that they would return to destroy the nearby synagogue.

The graffiti read: "Par Akoum 2 of the Talmoud, the converted Jews should be executed … be informed by the unit against terrorism, we will make the synagogue plot [sic]."


Austria's oldest shul? It's a garage

By Toby Axelrod, July 3, 2014

A group of activists in the Austrian town of Korneuburg is trying to rescue what is likely to be their country's oldest remaining synagogue.

The 100 sq m stone building, built in the 14th century and last used as a synagogue before the pogroms in the 14th century, is currently used as garage.


'Predatory' firm gets boot

By Sandy Rashty, July 3, 2014

An unnamed Israeli cosmetics company has been ordered out of several shopping centres in New Zealand after a TV show alleged that its staff have used heavy-handed tactics.

News show Campbell Live claimed last Friday that employees of the company that sells products under the name "Dead Sea Spa" were using "predatory" sales techniques.


Bodies of kidnapped Israeli teenagers found

By JC Reporter, June 30, 2014

Police have found the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas activists three weeks ago.

This evening Israeli authorities confirmed reports that the human remains found earlier this evening near Hebron were the bodies of the abducted teenagers.

The security cabinet convened an emergency meeting as the IDF boosted its military presence around Hebron.


Fifa to take no action over anti-Semitic fans at World Cup

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

Fifa says it will not take disciplinary action against the Russian and Croatian football associations for the antisemitic behaviour of their fans at the World Cup.


Israel names kidnapping suspects

By Orlando Radice, June 27, 2014

Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, has named two men it suspects of having abducted three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank two weeks ago.

Photographs of Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, two longstanding Hamas activists from the Hebron region, were distributed to the press yesterday.


It's an alarm signal, says France's new chief rabbi

June 27, 2014

The newly elected Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia, has a stiff task ahead of him - and he knows it.

The exodus of large numbers of French Jews is an "alarm signal", he said on Wednesday.

"Jews have been killed, such as Ilan Halimi, and there were the shootings in Toulouse and in Brussels. In general, Jews feel vulnerable in our society.


Enough! We're on our way to Britain

By Charlotte Oliver, June 27, 2014

Strasbourg-born banker Myriam Amsellem lives in a thriving French Jewish community.

She attends a shul filled with her compatriots, while her three children attend a local Jewish primary school filled with French culture.

But Ms Amsellem does not live in Paris or Lyon - her home is in South Hampstead, north-west London, 100 miles from France.


Whose hands hold the future?

June 26, 2014

Two images: one to bring despair, the other full of hope.

This week a picture of two smiling Palestinian girls making the 'Three Shalits' sign went viral.