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.

Meet The Israeli Composer Of Indian Muslim Music Who Collaborates With Radiohead’s Guitarist

01/28/2016 - 11:46

For most musicians working in the underappreciated genre of world music, recording an album with Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist of the famed English rock band Radiohead, would be something of a pipe dream.

Shye Ben-Tzur had been composing Indian devotional music for over a decade before he was a subject in the documentary Junun. JTA

Iran’s Supreme Leader Releases Holocaust-Denying Video

01/28/2016 - 10:57

Iran’s supreme leader released a video on his official website questioning the authenticity of the Holocaust.

Ali Khamenei. Wikimedia Commons

Eichmann’s Handwritten Clemency Plea Released In Israel

01/27/2016 - 12:37

Jerusalem — Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann asked Israel’s president for a pardon two days before his execution, according to a letter unveiled on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Shown on January 27, 2016 the first page of a decades-old handwritten plea from Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Getty Images

World Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

01/27/2016 - 11:42

Wednesday (Jan. 27)  is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the date the United Nations has chosen to commemorate victims of the Holocaust during World War II. Six million Jews were murdered by Germany’s Nazi regime, along with 5 million non-Jews who were killed.

The anniversary, marked each year since 2005, falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland by the Russian army in 1945. One million people died there.

Visitors gather on the grounds of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. RNS

$100 Million To Fight Israeli Brain Drain

Mortimer Zuckerman to fund STEM program to strengthen U.S.-Israel ties, counter BDS.

01/27/2016 - 08:33
Deputy Managing Editor

To curb the Israeli academic “brain drain” and increase cooperation between the U.S. and Israeli scientific communities, newspaper publisher, businessman and philanthropist Mortimer Zuckerman has committed more than $100 million to attract postdoctoral researchers from Western countries to Israeli universities and lure Israeli academics back.

Mort Zuckerman, right, with Hebrew Univ. Pres.Menachem Ben-Sasson, at The Harvard Club Monday. Courtesy of Jeff Weiner/Technion

Merkel: Anti-Semitism In Germany ‘More Widespread Than We Can Imagine’

01/25/2016 - 11:38

Berlin — Germany must set clear boundaries in the fight against anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Angela Merkel. Wikimedia commons
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