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


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

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

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.

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.

Why I Hired A Belgian Butcher To Circumcise My Son


Amsterdam — They warn you that parenting means doing a bunch of stuff you never imagined yourself doing.

Cnaan Liphshiz and Iris Tzur preparing for the bris of their son in Amsterdam, Nov. 19, 2015. JTA

German Singer Ousted From 2016 Eurovision Contest For Anti-Semitic And Homophobic Lyrics

Germany pops a cap on R&B singer’s 2016 Eurovision nomination.

Editorial Intern

Germany withdrew its representative in next year’s Eurovision song contest following criticism accusing the R&B singer of using anti-Semitic and homophobic language in his songs, according to Reuters.

Xavier Naidoo, R&B singer and ousted German Eurovision nominee. Via

The ‘Kate Middleton Effect’ On Synagogue Fashion


The so-called “Kate Middleton effect” — by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller — seems to know no bounds.

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Ottawa, Canada, July 1, 2011. Wikimedia Commons

Einstein Once Kept Kosher, And 7 Other Jewish Facts For Relativity’s 100th B-Day


Wednesday marks the centennial of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, a discovery that forever revolutionized the study of gravity, space and time. While Einstein’s genius was well established by 1915, the year the theory was published (he devised the famed E=mc2 equation 10 years earlier), the physicists’ relationship to Judaism and Zionism was still evolving.

Here are seven facts about Einstein on religion, World War II and Israel.

1. He kept kosher at age 12

German-born American physicist Albert Einstein, 1946. JTA

Nazi Art Case Tests Start Date Of Shoah

Germany’s new claim in Guelph Treasure suit shocks Holocaust historians as ‘revisionist history.’

Staff Writer

The German government has laws on the books that will get you thrown in jail for denying the existence of the Holocaust. It mandates that all schoolchildren, starting at age 12 and for years after that, learn about what happened to the Jews under Nazi rule. It has paid out an estimated $90 billion in reparations to Holocaust survivors and their heirs over the last 60 years.

A 12th-century domed reliquary in the shape of a church, made of silver and gold. Wikimedia Commons
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