Terrorism

Foreign Office warns UK tourists: don’t travel by bus in Tel Aviv

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

The government has warned British tourists not to travel on buses in Tel Aviv.

The Foreign Office updated its travel advice concerning Israel on Friday morning, just over a week after a Palestinian terrorist stabbed 13 people on Tel Aviv’s number 40 bus.

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Church of England investigates vicar for posts linking Israel to 9/11 attack

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks is being investigated by the Church of England.

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The damaging hypocrisy of the foolish Muslim 'Understanders'

By Denis MacShane, January 29, 2015

In German, there is a new word for those ready to explain and justify any and all aspects of Russian President Putin's behavior. They are called the "Putinversteher" – literally, the Putin understanders. These people are not quite apologists or appeasers for the Russian leader and his behaviour.

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BBC won't call Paris killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed the corporation avoids using the term "terrorist" to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the word was too "loaded" for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine in Paris.

But a BBC spokesperson rejected any suggesti

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French Jewish schools: 'We will stay open no matter what'

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

The façade of Paris's Grande Synagogue rises 36 metres into the sky, and with its ornate arches, domed roof and 1,800-seat capacity it is the largest in France. It has been symbolic of the capital's Jewish community since it opened its doors in 1874.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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We're scared when we take the children to school, scared when we go to work

By Naomi Firsht, January 22, 2015

At kosher deli Charles Traiteur, customers exchange pleasantries at the checkout before heading out into the crisp morning air. Cars cruise along the road outside and locals stroll in and out of the cluster of stores nearby.

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Time to talk candidly about our real values

By John Ware, January 22, 2015

The letter to 1,100 Muslim leaders from Eric Pickles was just the kind of warm embrace one might expect from the Secretary of State charged with promoting community cohesion:

"Assalamu Alaikum" his letter began, the "great faith" of Islam had been "hijacked" by terrorists who were "an affront to Islam".

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Somehow, we are all tainted by the atrocity

By Steven Berkoff, January 22, 2015

One of my joys of working in Paris was visiting the legendary Jewish Goldenberg deli in the Rue De Rosiers. The thing about Jewish delis is that, no matter where you are in the world, they make you feel not only that you are at home but also that you belong to a unique brotherhood of mankind.

The restaurant was warm-hearted, charming, even healing.

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