Syria

Bomb blast injures IDF troops near Syria border

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

Four Israeli soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb that exploded under their vehicle in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria.

Three of the wounded soldiers are said to have sustained light to moderate injuries while the fourth is in a serious condition.

Israeli forces responded with artillery fire and confirmed that several targets were successfully hit.

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Chief Rabbi calls on leaders to act over Syria

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

Rabbis across the religious divide have called on world leaders to commit to peace talks in Syria on the third anniversary of the outbreak of civil war.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis along with representatives from the Sephardi, Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements signed an open letter sent by World Jewish Relief this week.

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Israeli fighters ‘strike Hizbollah missile base’

By Rosa Doherty, February 25, 2014

Israeli jets hit a Hizbollah stronghold on the Lebanon-Syria border last night, according to reports.

The air strike allegedly killed several Hizbollah operatives, as well as a number of civilians, in the Nabi Sheet area.

A Lebanese security source told AFP: “Two Israeli raids hit a Hizbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria.”

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Israel steeled as Syria delays chemical weapons detox

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The dismantlement of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has stalled.

Two deadlines for the removal of the deadliest toxins have passed but only about four per cent of the chemicals have left the country.

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JCore head welcomes Syria refugee scheme

By Charlotte Oliver, January 30, 2014

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality has welcomed the government’s decision to allow hundreds of the “most vulnerable” Syrian refugees to come to Britain, but says more can still be done.

JCore director Edie Friedman said: “This is an important, positive move. We welcome the fact that some people will now be allowed to come to the country.”

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Israeli jets bombed Assad missile stations, say rebels

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The Israeli Air Force bombed several missile launcher positions in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia last night, according to unconfirmed reports from Syrian opposition groups.

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Syrian refugees petition delivered to Downing Street

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

A petition calling for Syrian refugees to be allowed into the UK has been delivered to Downing Street.

The document — signed by 630 people — is part of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality’s campaign urging the government to implement a refugee resettlement programme.

Four rabbis, along with JCore director Edie Friedman, presented the petition at No 10.

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Analysis: Worried about returning Al Qaeda jihadists? So is the FBI, MI6 and the rest of West

By John R Bradley, January 16, 2014

Echoing the fears of European governments, FBI Director James B Comey announced last week that Americans fighting in Syria are being given “costly, round-the-clock surveillance” because of the threat they will pose to civilians after returning home.

As with the jihadis returning to Britain and Europe, they could prove bad news for America’s Jewish community.

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Open UK’s doors to Syrians, say rabbis

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

Rabbis from across the community are backing a Jewish group’s campaign to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Seven leading Charedi, United Synagogue and Reform ministers are among the 161 signatories to a Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCore) petition which calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to open Britain’s doors to Syrians affected by the civil war in their country.

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Let Syrian refugees come to UK, says Jewish group

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

A UK-based Jewish group has backed a call to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Edie Friedman, head of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), said that, after the Holocaust, the Syrian civil war “was one of the worst crises of our lifetime” .

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