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Sacks paints grim prospect of Jewish exodus from Europe

By Daniel Sugarman, September 27, 2016

Lord Rabbi Sacks has warned of the prospect of Europe becoming “judenrein” – “free of Jews” - pleading for European leaders to “stop it now while there is still time”.

The Emeritus Chief Rabbi said that “in every single country of Europe, without exception, Jews are fearful for their or their children’s future”.


Trump makes soaring promises in meeting with Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 26, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heard strong expressions of support for Israel in the meetings he held with both leading candidates for US president in New York on Sunday.


European Court legal adviser says Hamas should not be on EU terror list

By JC Reporter, September 22, 2016

A senior legal adviser to the European Court of Justice has recommended that Hamas be removed from EU’s list of terror organisations.

Eleanor Sharpston argued that the EU "cannot rely on facts and evidence found in press articles and information from the internet, rather than in decisions of competent authorities, to support a decision to maintain a listing," the court said in a statement.


Donor hunt goes global

By Charlotte Oliver, September 22, 2016

More than 10,000 people around the world have registered to become bone marrow donors after an international campaign was launched to find a match for a 31-year-old father suffering from blood cancer.

Adam Krief, from Los Angeles, was diagnosed with primary myelofibrosis - a rare and aggressive type of blood cancer - in July.


Politics and high emotion on display at the Emmys

By Tom Tugend, September 22, 2016

Profound sadness, political outrage and haimishe humour were all on display among the Jewish winners of Emmy prime-time TV awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

While receiving her award for Transparent, the comedy series about a Jewish family whose father comes out as transgender, director Jill Soloway compared US presidential hopeful Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.


Rosh Hashtag: New Year gets a digital twist

By Lucy Cohen Blatter, September 22, 2016

The New york-based Jewish cultural centre 92Y is using social media to call for a day of global reflection on September 29, ahead of the High Holy Days, and has created the hashtag #NewYearPrayer to spread its message.


Huge, Inquisition-era Torah scroll found in Portugal

By Richard Zimler, September 22, 2016

It emerged last week that a Portuguese Torah dating from the time of the Inquisition was discovered by a builder while demolishing a house in the small city of Covilhã.

The Hebrew scroll was found next to a 16th century church where descendants of Jewish converts were known to have worshipped.


Attacker shot in attempt to storm Israeli embassy in Turkey

By Charlotte Oliver, September 21, 2016

A man wielding a knife has reportedly been shot as he tried to storm the Israeli embassy in Ankara.

Early reports from Turkish media said that gun shots were heard around the embassy in the country's capital, Ankara, causing the embassy staff to take refuge.


German Jewish leader calls rise of anti-immigrant party a ‘Nazi renaissance’

By JC Reporter, September 19, 2016

A German Jewish leader has equated the electoral success of a populist, right-wing party with the rise of the Third Reich.

On Sunday, Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won seats in Berlin’s state parliament for the first time since it was founded in 2013.


Emmy triumph for Jewish stars

By Charlotte Oliver, September 19, 2016

Jewish stars triumphed in the comedy categories at last night’s Emmy Awards.

For her fifth consecutive year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won best lead actress in a comedy series for role as the US president in “Veep”.