Iranians arrested over alleged Kenya terror plot

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

Kenyan officials have revealed that two alleged Iranian agents have been arrested over an apparent plot to attack Israeli and other targets.

The men, who were arrested last month, were holding 15 kilograms of explosives that could be used to build a powerful bomb.

Officials told the Associated Press that such a device could be used to bring down a large building, such as a hotel.


A letter to the woman at at the Tel Aviv asylum seeker protest

By Zoe Winograd, May 25, 2012

After seeing the image of an Israeli woman wearing a vest with the message 'Death to Sudanese', as part of protests against African workers in South Tel Aviv, I wrote a letter:

Dear Miss Vest Wearer,


Israelis urged to 'uphold Jewish values' after Tel Aviv asylum seeker protests

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2012

Jewish organisations have reacted with horror after protests in Tel Aviv over asylum seekers descended into a violent riot.

The demonstration, held in the impoverished Hatikva neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, saw around 1,000 people take to the streets to call for the removal of African asylum seekers.


Hitler didn't stop. Why will Sudan be a different story?

By Olivia Warham, May 17, 2012

Churchill described appeasement as feeding a crocodile, hoping it chooses to eat you last. If humans learned anything from the 20th century, it should have been that if you keep averting your eyes to genocide elsewhere, eventually you will have to fight to save your own neighbourhood, and you will do so at enormous cost.


Watered-down presence at annual Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 14, 2012

Hopes that Tunisia's Jewish community would be able carry out its historic Lag B'Omer festivities to the scale it once did were dampened last week when crowds stayed away because of security concerns.


Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage resumes with high security

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

Tunisian Jews have begun their traditional festivities to mark Lag B'Omer.

Last year the annual pilgrimage to the historic El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba was cancelled because of concerns for the community's security in the wake of the Arab Spring and rising anti-Jewish sentiment.


Algeria says no to Toulouse gunman Merah burial

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Algeria has reportedly refused permission for the Islamist gunman Mohammed Merah be buried in the North African country.

Merah, who was of Algerian descent, died last Thursday after a 32-hour stand-off with police. In the weeks leading up to this he killed three French paratroopers and four people – including three children – outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.


Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.


Story of Muslim Shoah heroes is finally told

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 22, 2012

A French film that premiered in London this week, Les Hommes Libres, depicts the heroic stand of a gentile against Nazi mass-murderers.

It may come as a surprise but, in this case, the hero is a Muslim.


PA officials pocket fifth of West Bank GDP

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

While the Palestinian economy is in a state of "severe fiscal crisis", wages for Palestinian Authority staff eat up a staggering 20 per cent of GDP, according to a World Bank report released on Wednesday.

The report also points out that international aid has kept the Palestinian welfare state running but has not succeeded in kick-starting the private sector.