Europe

  • Times: Elderly Madoff victims are concerened about their future

    The Times has a story this morning about Thomas V. Liccardi, a small time accountant who had invested his whole life’s savings — under $1 million — with Bernard Madoff, who had supposedly turned the nest egg into more than $2 million. Licardi, 86, and his wife have been living in a retirement home, paid… More ▸

  • Protesters, Police Clash at London Embassy

    Protesters clashed with police during a demonstration near the Israeli Embassy in London. Seven activists were arrested at Monday’s demonstration as they tried to break down barriers placed by police to keep them away from the embassy compound. About 400 people took part in the demonstration, much smaller than a violent demonstration held on Sunday…. More ▸

  • London Embassy on Alert over White Powder

    The Israeli embassy in London was put on high alert after an envelope containing white powder was delivered. The powder was tested and determined to be harmless Monday. Officials believe that the sender wanted to scare embassy workers. Embassy staff returned to work once it was clear that the powder posed no threat. Shoes were… More ▸

  • Greek Politician Compares Israel to Hitler

    The leader of a far-right political party in Greece compared Israel’s actions in Gaza to Hitler. The statements Monday by George Karatzaferis, the leader of the far right LAOS party, come a day after a daily newspaper in Greece blamed Jews for the world financial crisis and the Israeli operation in Gaza. Karatzaferis released a… More ▸

  • Greek Newspaper Attacks Jews

    A daily newspaper in Greece blamed Jews for the world financial crisis and the Israeli operation in Gaza. It is the second time in recent weeks that the Avriani newspaper led its front page with anti-Semitic accusations. Sunday’s headline read: “After the American Jews acquired once again the world’s wealth and plunged the planet into… More ▸

  • Madoff Scheme Deals New Hit to FSU Jews

    The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff is the latest in a string of financial blows to Jewish aid programs in the former Soviet Union, wiping out a major foundation that was the primary funder of Jewish higher education in Russia. The Chais Family Foundation, a $178 million philanthropy forced to close after investing all… More ▸

  • Greek Weekly Stresses Madoff’s Jewishness

    A Greek newspaper in a front-page headline called Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme “The Jewish Connection.” Avriani, a leading weekly, devoted five pages of its Dec. 21 edition to the Madoff scandal, emphasizing at least six times that Madoff is Jewish and calling him the “Jewish guru of the market.” The paper used the Greek term… More ▸

  • Neo-nazis Disrupt Budapest Chanukah Celebration

    Neo-Nazi protesters disrupted a Chanukah celebration in Budapest. Members of the Hungarian Guard shouted anti-Semitic epithets in the middle of Heroes Square, not far from where several hundred mostly young people lit torches to celebrate the holiday. The Chanukah program was organized by the Balint-Haz Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Agency for Israel and Hungarian… More ▸

  • Report: Russia Will Sell Iran Missile System

    Russia will soon deliver to Iran parts of a missile system that would hinder efforts to launch an airstrike against the country, Iran’s state news agency reported. Israeli officials have denied Sunday’s report by the IRNA news agency. Israel is opposed to the missile deal and sent a senior defense official to Moscow last week… More ▸

  • Georgian Refugees Seek Return to Normalcy

    For Jews near the border with South Ossetia, only the smallest gap exists between normalcy and hardship. The unemployment rate in the area has always been high, hovering at about 60 percent, and there is a disproportionate amount of at-risk Jews, elderly and young. As Russian tanks and soldiers poured through the capital of Ossetia… More ▸