Syria

Islamic State took 17 of my family to the hills and shot them

By Orlando Radice, November 20, 2014

Sitting in a London restaurant, the Kurdish man across the table is talking without blinking.

In a soft voice, Bektas says: "If I didn't have a family here, I would go home tomorrow and kill Daish [Arabic for Islamic State]."

Six weeks ago, 17 members of his extended family were murdered by the fundamentalist group terrorising the Middle East.

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A reminder of Ghetto heroism

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, October 30, 2014

I have become fixated with the fate of Kobane, the Syrian town near the Turkish Border and home to thousands of Kurds. This city, that began as a simple train station built in 1912 along the Baghdad Railway, soon grew to become a refuge for Armenians and Kurds.

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Council offers haven to 50 Syrians after Succot refugee campaign

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

A London council has agreed to offer sanctuary to 50 Syrian refugees in response to a Succot-themed interfaith project.

The leader of Kingston Council, Kevin Davis, agreed to the request after 70 people, including faith leaders, called on the local authority to show compassion to refugees in UN camps in war zone areas like Syria.

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Spy post reveals scale of threat that Israel faces

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The existence of a Syrian electronic surveillance base at Al-Hara, just a few miles from the Israeli border on the Golan, has been known about for decades. And the close ties between the Syrian regime and Russia's military and intelligence agencies were never much of a secret.

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Naomi Wolf questions authenticity of Islamic State beheadings

October 5, 2014

American journalist Naomi Wolf has questioned whether videos of executions carried out by Islamic State terrorists in Iraq are genuine.

The Jewish writer, a former political consultant and best-selling feminist author, posted a message on Facebook apparently suggesting aid organisations had not reported any workers as having been taken hostage.

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UN force runs away from Israel border as al Qaeda-linked group makes gains

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Rebels captured the town of Kuneitra on Israel's border with Syria last Thursday, and now control the crossing nearby.

The victory signals a change in the status quo which has existed on the border since the end of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

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My heart is breaking for Aleppo

By Emma Klein, July 24, 2014

The advent of Isis into the scenes of turmoil in Syria and Iraq has intensified the all-too- prevalent scenes of death and destruction.

Joining the anti-Assad forces in Syria, Isis has clashed fiercely with rival rebel groups and recently crucified eight men in a town near Aleppo.

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Syria family flee to Israel

By Shira Rubin, July 10, 2014

A mixed Jewish-Muslim family has escaped from Syria to Israel, the first such instance since the civil war began three years ago.

Their journey, which took weeks, involved passing checkpoints manned both by regime forces and rebel militias, the Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday after a gag order was lifted.

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State seeking billions from Israel's JNF

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2014

Israel's Finance and Justice Ministries are set to propose a law that would nationalise the income of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (JNF).

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Bleak Syria war outlook stiffens Israel's defence

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Israel has strengthened its defences on the Golan border with Syria amid concerns from the Israeli intelligence community that the civil war could continue for another 10 years.

A newly installed Iron Dome missile defence system was used for the first time on the Golan when two rockets were fired across the border from Syrian territory last week.

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