International

Despite Israel’s Objections, Peace Summit Opens In Paris

06/03/2016 - 11:36

U.S., European and Arab diplomats are meeting in Paris for a French-led effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, despite opposition by Israel.

French President Francois Hollande returning to the presidential Elysee palace. JTA

How BDS Is Failing

With little-to-no economic impact according to new report, what is at stake for Israel?

06/03/2016 - 09:57
Staff Writer

Despite growing international efforts to boycott Israel’s economy, an examination of foreign capital flow into the country shows the opposite trend is in effect.

A banner protesting Israeli policies at Columbia University during Israel Apartheid Week. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Why Scientists Are Fighting About The Origins Of Yiddish – And The Jews

05/26/2016 - 11:30
JTA

Science has finally provided evidence of what Jewish “Star Wars” fans long suspected: Yoda is a member of the tribe — or at least he speaks like one.

The “Star Wars” character Yoda’s uncommon grammar is used by a geneticist to explain his theory on the origins of Yiddish. JTA

Australian Trademarks Office Turns Down ‘McKosher’ Moniker

05/17/2016 - 10:12

Sydney — An Australian lawyer who claims he is of Scottish-Jewish descent has failed in a bid to register the trademark “McKosher.”

Kosher McDonalds restaurant in Ashkelon, Israel. Wikimedia Commons

Israel Finishes 14th In Eurovision

05/16/2016 - 10:08

Israel finished in 14th place among the 26 nations competing in the 61st Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, which was won by Ukraine.

Hovi Star - Made Of Stars (Israel) Live at Semi-Final 2 - 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. JTA

Jewish Dentist Represents France In World’s Most-Watched Song Contest

05/11/2016 - 12:30
JTA

The Eurovision Song Contest – the world’s most popular televised singing competition, which pits singers from 43 countries against one another in the battle for the year’s best pop song — is being held this week. France’s representative is a 31-year-old Israeli singer, Amir Haddad, who goes by the stage name Amir.

Amir Haddad, a French-Israeli dentist, will represent France at this year’s Eurovision contest. JTA

Report: Substantial decrease In Violent Attacks Against Jews In 2015

05/04/2016 - 10:52

Jerusalem — There was a substantial decrease in violent attacks against Jews in 2015, but an increase in “institutional anti-Semitism” and “slander against the Jewish People as a whole,” according to a new report.

Security standing guard outside the kosher supermarket in Paris, where two days ago, four Jewish men were murdered. JTA

The 4 Questions, Grateful Dead Style

05/04/2016 - 09:39

‘Why can’t we eat veggie burritos tonight? Will I be miracled? Will they play ‘The Wheel?’ Will Phil sing?”

Phil Lesh lights the candles as Jeannette Ferber sings the blessing at Marin County seder. © Bob Minkin Photography

‘We Grew Up With These Photographs’

Smuggled out of ghetto, newly discovered photo trove turns out to be family of famous American scholars.

05/03/2016 - 15:54
JTA

When documentary photographer Richard Schofield stumbled upon a trove of unidentified prewar photographs in September 2013 in the storage room of the Sugihara House museum in Kaunas, Lithuania, he knew he had found something special.

Anushka Warshawski, center, smuggled her photo album out of the Kovno ghetto shortly before its liquidation and her death in1943

How A Comic Book Kept This Dutch Jewish Couple Close But Out Of Nazis’ Reach

04/25/2016 - 16:17
JTA

Amsterdam — As a Dutch Jewish couple hiding separately from the Nazis, Emmanuel Joels and Hetty van Son were literally drawn together by a comic book of Emmanuel’s romantic invention.

 

After narrowly avoiding deportation to Auschwitz thanks to a policeman’s tip, the young couple spent 2 1/2 years living less than a mile apart, each in the care of rescuers with ties to the resistance in the city of Apeldoorn, 55 miles east of Amsterdam.

A scan of a page from E. Joels’ graphic novel “Stopmie Dompie Meets the Cannibals.” JTA
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