JERUSALEM (JTA) — A fund overseen by Norway's Ministry of Finance divested from two Israeli companies involved in construction in the West Bank. The Norway Oil Fund, managed by the Norwegian Central Bank, divested from Africa-Israel Investments and its construction subsidiary Danya Cebus Ltd. on Monday. It also divested from Malaysian forestry company Samling Global Ltd because of some of its logging activities, according to reports. The divestment action was taken following a decision by the ministry's ethics committee. The ministry currently blacklists nearly 50 companies.
(JTA)— Adolf Hitler may have had both Jewish and African roots, DNA testing shows.
Samples taken from some of the German Fuhrer's relatives show that he was likely descended from some of the 'sub-human' races that he tried to destroy, according to research by Belgian journalist Jean-Paul Mulders and historian Marc Vermeeren, cited in the Flemish-language magazine Knack.
Saliva samples taken from 39 Hitler relatives have genetic fingerprints pointing to possible African and Jewish ancestry.
(JTA) — Harvard University said the sale of some of its investments in Israel was not politically motivated and it is not divesting from Israel.
Harvard spokesman John Longbrake told Foreign Policy that the university sold $39 million in stocks in five Israeli companies because Israeli stocks could no longer be considered part of the emerging markets portfolio, where they previously had been held.
(JTA) — Shots were fired from inside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Israeli media have reported that a Palestinian from Ramallah barricaded himself inside the building Tuesday night with two hostages. He allegedly was threatening to “kill any Jews” who enter, according to Haaretz.
The streets around the embassy have been closed. Embassy staff reportedly have prevented police and medical personnel from entering the building.
(JTA) — A reclusive Russian Jewish mathematician turned down a $1 million prize for solving a seemingly unsolvable math problem.
Grigory “Grisha” Perelman told the Russian Interfax news agency on July 1 that he had turned down the prize for solving the Poincare conjecture from the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Mass. because he disagreed with the organized mathematics community and believed that an American mathematician had contributed to solving the problem.
(JTA) — President Obama said he will not press Israel when it comes to nuclear issues.” The United States will never ask Israel to take any steps that would undermine its security interests,” Obama said Tuesday after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referring to a conversation they had on Obama’s efforts to have more countries abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.