Dutch Mark 20th Anniversary Of El Al Amsterdam Crash As Questions Linger

10/14/2012 - 20:00

Chemical weapons, nuclear debris and Mossad agents in biohazard suits all have played prominent roles in the dozens of conspiracy theories surrounding the crash of an El Al airplane here 20 years ago this month.

But Rob Oudkerk, vice chairman of the Dutch parliament’s inquiry into the deadly crash, has studied and dismissed them all.

Crash site in the Biljmer neighborhood in Amsterdam.

Kafka's Writings To Go Public

After long legal battle, Israeli court orders papers transferred to the Israel National Library
10/14/2012 - 20:00

An Israeli court ruled that papers belonging to writer Franz Kafka be transferred to the Israel National Library in Jerusalem.

The Tel Aviv District Family Court made the ruling last Friday following a years-long legal battle.

Explosives Lab Used To Bomb Kosher Store Found

French police found lab of "jihadist cell" after interrogating 12 suspects
10/09/2012 - 20:00

French police found an explosives lab that they say was used by a "jihadist cell" in the bombing of a kosher store near Paris.

Francois Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said at a news conference Wednesday that the firearms and “all the elements necessary to produce explosive devices” were discovered the previous day at a parking lot in the eastern Paris suburb of Torcy.

French police found the cache after interrogating 12 suspects arrested over the weekend in various French cities, predominantly in Cannes and Paris, he added.

Jailed Alan Gross May Have Tumor

Doctors say Jewish-American contractor has mass behind right shoulder.
10/02/2012 - 20:00

Jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross may have a cancerous tumor that needs to be treated, his lawyer said.

Gross has an unidentified mass behind his right shoulder, according to reports. Cuban doctors declared the mass to be a hematoma that would reabsorb over time.

CT and ultrasound scans of the mass conducted by the Cuban doctors were sent to Gross' lawyers in the United States.

Italian Jewish Community Steps In To Help Earthquake Victims

Jews in Rome begin aid efforts by setting up a blood donation center for those wishing to help the victims.

08/24/2016 - 14:58
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The Jewish community of Italy was quick to respond to the tragic earthquake that struck central Italy during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), Noemi Di Segni, said in a statement: “The images and stories that have been emerging in recent hours are shocking and painful. Our thoughts are with the people and communities affected. We extend not only our solidarity on behalf of Italian Jewry, but also our readiness to take immediate, concrete steps to help in the current state of emergency.”

A man searches for survivors among the rubble in Amatrice, Italy. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty.

Satmar Decree Bars Women From Higher Education

08/24/2016 - 11:01

(JTA) — Hasidic rabbis from the Satmar sect reportedly have issued a decree barring women from pursuing higher education.

Haredi Orthodox men walking along the street in the Stamford Hill area of London, Jan. 17, 2015. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Portman’s Hebrew Accent Whisperer

08/23/2016 - 23:25

While making the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman had to put her palm in front of her mouth, repeat Hebrew words and feel how the air hit her skin.

Natalie Portman studied with an Israeli actress for her role as Amos Oz’s mother.  Ran Mendelsohn/Courtesy of Focus World

Nazi Propagandist Goebbels’ Wife Had Jewish Father, New Document Shows

08/23/2016 - 12:15

(JTA) — The wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had a Jewish father, according to a new document discovered in the Berlin archives.

Joseph Goebbels with his daughters, at a Christmas celebration in Berlin, 1937. (German Federal Archives)

Senior Paris Rabbi Defends Controversial Burkini Ban

08/23/2016 - 11:07

(JTA) — A senior Paris rabbi defended a string of controversial municipal bans in France on wearing the full-body swimsuit known as a burkini in public.

A Moroccan woman wearing a 'burkini' at the beach near Rabat. Getty Images

At 80, A Munich Olympics And Holocaust Survivor is Still The Sportsman

08/21/2016 - 11:43

OMER, Israel (JTA) – Shaul Ladany, a two-time Olympian, acknowledged that he was “very happy” that the International Olympic Committee finally held an official memorial for the 11 Israelis who were killed in a terrorist raid at the 1972 Munich games.

But Ladany, an Israeli racewalker who still holds a world record, didn’t need the Aug. 3 ceremony at the Rio games to remember the tragedy. He was there, forced to flee the dorms where the Palestinian terrorists held his teammates hostage.

haul Ladany in his suburban Beersheba home with a prized piece of his Theodor Herzl collection, left. JTA
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