'Price tag' attack on interfaith Jerusalem school

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2012

Extremist Jewish vandals are believed to be behind an attack on a mixed Jewish and Arab school in Jerusalem.

Police found Hebrew graffiti calling for "Death to Arabs" on the wall of the "Hand in Hand" school. At the same time, vandals targeted a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.


LSE cancels extremist speaker event

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2012

An extremist speaker will no longer address students at the London School of Economics after complaints from Jewish students.

Haitham Al Haddad, who is alleged to have described Jews as "the enemies of God, and the descendants of apes and pigs" and stated that it is necessary to hate Jews and Christians, was due to speak at the university this evening.


MPs urge action on online radicalisation

By Jennifer Lipman, February 6, 2012

A parliamentary committee has warned that the internet is a "fertile breeding ground for terrorism", posing more danger than extremism on campus.

MPs have found that online activity is influential in almost all instances of violent radicalisation, yet it is not sufficiently monitored for counter-terrorism purposes.


Arrests over latest attack on Bet Shemesh woman

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Israeli police have arrested five suspects over an attack on a woman who was putting up posters in Bet Shemesh.

The incident, which police said involved strictly Orthodox men, saw Natalie Mashiach pelted with stones. The 27-year-old's car's tyres were slashed and she was surrounded by a group of men.

She was putting up an advert for Israel's national lottery at the time.


Santorum's campaign managed by former Buchanan aide

By Jennifer Lipman, January 16, 2012

The man hoping to lead Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to victory previously worked for a politician known for his "antisemitic, racist and anti-immigrant views".

Mr Santorum's campaign manager is Michael Biundo, who was one of the key figures in Pat Buchanan's ultimately unsuccessful presidential bid in 1996.


Ron Paul takes tips from extremist Neturei Karta rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2012

Ron Paul, one of the candidates vying for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, has met a representative from the extremist anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta.

Mr Paul, who has drawn criticism for a catalogue of controversial remarks about Israel and the Holocaust as well as race and homosexuality, shook hands with Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss at an event in New Hampshire.


We need to change this divide in Israel with love

By Rabbi Bentzi Sudak, January 5, 2012

"If the Nazis searched out every Jew in hate, we will search out every Jew in love."

These were the recent words of our Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, during a summary of what he learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory.


A secular society

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Come 2059, three out of every 10 Israelis will be Charedi, according to figures released by government statisticians. Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) predicts that high birth rates in the Charedi community mean that it will grow six-fold to five million.


Could Charedim deliver peace?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2011

The dictatorships of the Middle East have long repressed religious Islamic parties, imprisoned their leaders and forbidden them from participating in elections.

The first relatively free elections in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco have seen major gains by Islamist parties, which are suddenly facing the challenge of participating in government with all the consequent compromises.


Earthbound Israelis with rabbis on a different planet

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Israel has a rabbi for every mood.