Terrorism

Clash over anti-terror measures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

Israel's political and security establishments are at loggerheads over the best way to confront the recent wave of terror attacks.

As ministers and right-wing politicians have called for more severe measures, the security chiefs have warned that "collective punishment" will not deter further attacks and only serve to further alienate the Palestinian population.

So far, the demands of some po

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UK religious leaders condemn synagogue attack

By Simon Rocker, November 21, 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury and a senior Muslim leader have co-signed a letter with the Chief Rabbi in today’s Times condemning the murder of five Israelis in a synagogue this week.

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Lone, lethal, impossible to predict: a new terror

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2014

Jerusalem is brimming with specially trained anti-terror police. But when a call came in at 7.01 am on Tuesday morning about a terror attack in a synagogue in the Har Nof neighbourhood, the first officers on the scene were a couple of traffic cops.

One of them, Zaidan Saif, was fatally wounded when he tried to confront the murderers, cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal.

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I knew the attacker's face. It was nearly the last one I saw

By Nathan Jeffay, November 20, 2014

A doctor has told of the moment he came face-to-face with one of the terrorists behind the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue massacre.

Oncologist Yitzhak Hesching was deep in prayer when two terrorists, armed with knives and machetes, burst in during the morning minyan, lashing out and killing four as worshippers ran for their lives.

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UK family devastated by grandfather's murder

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

Of the five men murdered in Kehilat Bnei Torah shul this week, one was a British Charedi man, Abraham Goldberg.

Mr Goldberg, a 68-year-old great-grandfather originally from Liverpool, was described as a "tolerant, good man" by his cousin, Michelle Hirschfield.

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There are no easy fixes

By Toby Greene, November 20, 2014

Tuesday's sickening attack marks a new peak in the growing tide of violence in Jerusalem. The murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir in July - revenge for the killing of three Israeli teens - was the principal trigger, and extremists on both sides challenging the status quo on Temple Mount (Haram-al-Sharif) have contributed to the tension.

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Terror shatters Europe's open border dream

By Michael Goldfarb, November 20, 2014

When Mehdi Nemmouche walked into the Jewish Museum in Brussels last May and opened fire, he did more than kill four people - including two Israeli citizens. He refocused an intense debate about the open borders within the European Union.

Nemmouche, a French citizen, had only recently returned from Syria, where he had been fighting with jihadi groups.

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Coalition fails to unite in face of terror attack

November 20, 2014

The terror attack on Tuesday morning in a Jerusalem synagogue pushed party politics aside for a while but the tensions in the coalition are still simmering.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed senior members of Likud to "prepare for early elections." While most of the coalition's party leaders, including Mr Netanyahu are not in favour of going to the polls after only

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Shul bomb suspect charged after 34 years

By David Lazarus, November 20, 2014

French authorities this week charged the chief suspect in the bombing of a Paris synagogue - 34 years after the attack.

Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen, was accused of first-degree murder over the 1980 attack on the Union Libérale Israélite synagogue on Rue Copernic, which left four dead.

Diab,60, was flown to France less than 24 hours after a decision by Canada's Supreme Court not to allo

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British Jew killed in synagogue terror attack

By Josh Jackman, November 18, 2014

A British Jew was one of the victims killed in the terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning which left four people dead.

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