Israel

Jewish human rights group hits back at boycotters

By Rosa Doherty, October 30, 2015

Jewish Human Rights Watch has placed an advert in the Guardian in response to a recent call by 343 university teachers for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The advert said it was necessary to “educate the boycotters on how their call for a boycott of Jewish academics and outright support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is sheathed antisemitism.”

More..

David Cesarani: An intellectual giant of his time

By Bernard Wasserstein, October 28, 2015

The great Jewish historians have generally been blessed with long lives. Salo Baron died at the age of 94; Simon Dubnow (at the hands of the Nazis) at 81; Gershom Scholem at 84. So shock at the death of David Cesarani is compounded by his comparative youth: he was just 58.

More..

Latest Palestinian knife attacks leave Israelis injured but alive

By Josh Jackman, October 28, 2015

Two stabbing attacks by Palestinians on Israelis on Wednesday have left one civilian moderately injured.

An attempted assault on an Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldier in Hebron on Wednesday was foiled by troops, who shot the attacker dead. The target of the stabbing was unharmed.

More..

Israel campaigners prepare for action day

By Josh Jackman, October 27, 2015

Pro-Israel grassroots groups plan to combat the boycott and help the homeless with the second installment of a popular campaign.

IsrAction Day on December 13 will encourage members of the community to buy Israeli products and donate them to homeless charities.

More..

Facebook being sued by 20,000 Israelis over online incitement

October 27, 2015

A group of 20,000 Israelis are suing Facebook for allegedly “connecting inciters to terrorists”.

The class-action lawsuit, filed in New York on Monday, accuses the social media company of ignoring large numbers of Palestinian posts calling for attacks on Jews, JTA reports.

More..

Victim of Har Nof massacre dies of wounds – a year on

By Rosa Doherty, October 26, 2015

The Toronto-born rabbi injured in a Jerusalem synagogue attack has died of his injuries nearly a year after being stabbed.

Rabbi Howie Chaim Rotman, 55, had been in a coma since he was critically injured in the attack in November 2014.

In the incident, two Palestinian cousins entered Har Nof shul in West Jerusalem and set about murdering the worshippers with knives, axes and guns.

More..

Of course Jerusalem is safe, says Mayor Barkat

By Orlando Radice, October 23, 2015

For a man in the eye of a storm, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is strikingly upbeat.

Never mind the fact that the politician cancelled a trip to London this week to oversee the bulking up of security in the city, which has been at the epicentre of the terrorism sweeping Israel.

More..

Student anger after "terror" vigil at University of Leeds

By Naomi Firsht, October 22, 2015

Members of a pro-Palestinian student society held a vigil outside the University of Leeds students union for Palestinian “victims of the recent wave of violence”. The list included some of those who were suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians.

More..

Israeli journalist gives students an insight into the Middle-East conflict

By Naomi Firsht, October 19, 2015

Israeli journalist and writer Ari Shavit spent a week visiting campuses across the country to talk about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the current situation for Israelis.

Over 550 students attended the talks in Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Leeds and Oxford, organised by the Union of Jewish Students.

More..

Chief Rabbi says stabbings in Israel are like murder of Lee Rigby in UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2015

Around 200 people have attended a special prayer service in memory of those killed in the terror attacks and violence in Israel.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis led the service in Hendon, north-west London, on Sunday evening amid tight security.

He told the audience the knife attacks in Israel were comparable to the murder of Lee Rigby by extremists in London.

More..