WJR raises £100,000 for Syrian refugees

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

A UK-based Jewish charity has raised £100,000 for Syrian refugees.

World Jewish Relief, which launched the emergency appeal two weeks ago, said the donations included £50,000 from the Pears Foundation.


Rift in US advocacy group J-Street over Syria?

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 18, 2013

J Street, the left-leaning American pro-Israel advocacy group, has denied claims that the debate over US intervention in Syria has caused a rift within the organisation.


Homeland will not be filmed in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Plans to film the third series of an award-winning US drama show in Israel have now been cancelled due to concerns after the crisis in Syria.


CIA arms US-backed Syrian rebels

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

While the US-Russia deal to dismantle Syria’s chemical-weapons arsenal may have put the plans for a military strike on hold, there are signs that a clandestine campaign by the US to arm the rebels on the ground via the CIA is gaining pace.


Holocaust lessons on Syria

September 17, 2013

It is to the Prime Minister’s credit that his speech to the Holocaust Educational Trust contained much more than the usual platitudes. The default option for many politicians is to pay tribute to the survivors, warn that such evil must never happen again and then sit down and bask in the warm glow of a grateful audience. But


High cost of the Syria climb-down

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 17, 2013

It’s safe to say that it wasn’t a great moment. Prime ministers are never — really, in modern times, never — overturned in the House of Commons on great matters of foreign policy. I don’t think I could argue with the universal conclusion of my colleagues that to lose in this way on acting in Syria was a disaster. I don’t suppose David Cameron disagrees either.


Diplomacy hope in Syrian chemical weapons deal

By Jonathan Cummings, September 17, 2013

In October 2002, an unknown member of the Illinois State Senate spoke about the US war in Iraq. “I don’t oppose all wars,” he said. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war… A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.”


Israel cautiously optimistic about Syrian deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

Israeli leaders were cautiously enthusiastic this week following the deal reached by the US and Russia to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons.


Syria vote ignored lesson of Holocaust, says Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2013

David Cameron believes Britain “had to take a stand” following the chemical weapon attacks in Syria and thinks that the Holocaust provides a chilling lesson of what can happen when outrages are not tackled.


Israelis giving a lifeline to fear-ridden refugees

By Adi Schwartz, September 13, 2013

Mona decided to flee her native city of Homs when teachers in the school she ran started to disappear.

One after another, they were abducted by militia forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and Mona figured she might be next.