Israel

It's a religious duty to stand up for Israel

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, August 27, 2014

It’s been a testing time for Jews everywhere.

International concern for the welfare and safety of innocent Gazans has morphed into anti-Zionism and from there, it’s been a short hop to antisemitism. With boycotts, desecration of communal buildings and antisemitic outbursts, the climate has turned increasingly hostile, leaving many of us feeling vulnerable, unsure of how to respond.

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Israel and Hamas agree on ceasefire

By JC Reporter, August 26, 2014

Israel has agreed on an open-ended ceasefire with Hamas.

A massive rocket barrage from Gaza conicided with the deadline for the end of hostilities, however.

The deal includes an initial period in which all firing will stop and restrictions on crossings will be eased for humanitarian aid, with long-term issues to be addressed after one month.

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The DEC Gaza Appeal and last week’s JC

August 21, 2014

The reason the JC is the oldest Jewish newspaper in the world, with a reach of over 156,000 Jews, is that it is the only space in our community where all sides — religious, political and cultural — can see themselves reflected and can meet and debate (sometimes forthrightly) in a place which all, rightly, see as their own.

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Hamas says it killed Israeli teenagers

By Daniel Easterman, August 20, 2014

Israel’s Channel 2 News has produced footage of a senior Hamas leader claiming responsibility for the murder of the three Israeli teenagers, Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrach.

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Hamas commander Mohammed Deif ‘may be dead’

By Daniel Easterman, August 20, 2014

Israeli intelligence officials have told Fox News that Hamas’s chief military commander, Mohammed Deif, may have been killed in Wednesday’s airstrikes across Gaza.

The report is the first public statement by Israeli sources that Deif could be dead.

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Israel exits truce talks as Hamas breaks ceasefire

By Daniel Easterman, August 19, 2014

Israel has recalled its negotiating team from Cairo after three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck open areas near Beersheva and Netivot.

The attack came hours before a full ceasefire agreement was due to be signed between Israel and Hamas.

The temporary five-day truce between the two sides was extended by another 24 hours last night at the request of the Egyptian mediators.

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Sanford dedicates Euro medal to IDF

By JC Reporter, August 15, 2014

Donald Sanford made history when he became the first Israeli to win a sprint medal at the European
athletics championships — one he dedicated to the IDF.

Sanford won the 400metres bronze in Zurich, denying Great Britain a 123 finish, with a new Israeli record of 45.27secs, breaking the 45.39secs he had set in the semi-final.

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Ending the war: the obstacles

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Another round of escalation around Gaza appeared was averted at the last minute on Wednesday as negotiators in Cairo agreed to extend an expiring ceasefire until Monday night.

Securing a longer-term truce is proving difficult, however.

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Three Israelis dead in Swiss train crash

By JC Reporter, August 11, 2014

Three Israeli tourists died and five others were seriously wounded when the bus they were travelling in was hit by a train near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

The Israelis — four men and four women — had been travelling to Engelberg, just south of the lake, according to local reports.

It is not yet clear why the minibus was crossing the railway line in the path of the train.

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Israeli negotiators arrive in Cairo as ceasefire holds

By Charlotte Oliver, August 11, 2014

Israeli delegates travelled to Cairo on Monday morning after a three-day Gaza ceasefire seemed to hold overnight.

According to Israeli officials, they only agreed to meet in Egypt for negotiations after the 72-hour truce was accepted by both sides. This follows their refusals to negotiate with Hamas while under attack.

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