Argentina approves terrorism crackdown

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2011

Argentina’s senate has approved a set of tough new laws to target terrorism in the country, 17 years after 85 people died in an attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish centre.

The new laws, which have been criticised by human rights groups because they could enable the government to take on political opponents, were agreed on after three hours of debate.


Abbas criticised for meeting Palestinian 'terrorist temptress'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The Palestinian president has faced heavy criticism for meeting a woman who lured a young Israeli victim to the West Bank so that he could be murdered.

Mahmoud Abbas was in Turkey on Wednesday where he sat with Amna Muna, who was released from a life sentence in prison early in October as part of the deal to bring home Gilad Shalit.


The lawyers who stopped Gaza flotilla

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

An Israeli lawyer who specialises in huge civil suits against terror groups such as Hamas and Hizbollah has claimed British lawyers are "timid" when it comes to "lawfare".

Jerusalem-based Nitsana Darshan-Leitner's law firm, Shurat HaDin, was instrumental in stopping the second Gaza flotilla by threatening the boat insurers that they could be charged with "aiding terrorism".

Her firm has sued


Red Hot Chili Peppers to rock Tel Aviv

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

Veteran rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform in Israel a decade after they cancelled a gig because of concerns about terrorism.

The California-based band will sing in Tel Aviv a week before Rosh Hashanah as one of the stops on their world tour.

Tickets for the concert at Yarkon Park are expected to cost nearly £70.


Death row for Moroccan bomber who killed JC writer

By Andrew Rosemarine, November 3, 2011

The jihadi who killed 17 people including JC writer Peter Moss and a Moroccan-Israeli couple in a bomb attack on a restaurant in Marrakesh earlier this year has been sentenced to death.

The Moroccan anti-terror court in Sale, next to Rabat, also sentenced a co-conspirator to life imprisonment, and seven others to jail terms of two to four years.


Funeral of Gaza rocket fire victim held

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of a man killed by a by a Grad rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Moshe Ami, 56, died of shrapnel wounds after being hit by the rocket as he was on his way home.

The Ashkelon resident and father of four was unable to reach shelter in time.


UCL's Malcolm Grant is the one who is 'out of touch'

By Rosanna Rafel, October 18, 2011

The issue of whether university campuses, particularly those in London, were "hot beds" for extremist behaviour was present long before Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab - former president of University College London's Islamic Society - boarded a plane to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.


Anguish for terror victims' families over Shalit swap

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2011

The mother of a teenager who was killed in a terrorist attack 22 years ago has spoken of her sadness that the perpetrator will be released as part of the Gilad Shalit deal.

Kinneret Cohen was 14 when she died, along with 15 others, after Abed al-Hadi Ganaim attacked on a bus going from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


Mumbai killer's execution appeal to be heard

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

The Pakistani terrorist sentenced to death for his role in the Mumbai killing spree nearly three years ago has had his execution stayed.

Ajmal Kasab, now 23, was the only surviving gunman of the November 2008 attacks. He was convicted of murder following a trial in which it was alleged that he had been trained by banned Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.


Why don't you give the Kurds a state, Erdogan?

By Robin Shepherd, September 27, 2011

Reports that the United States has agreed to deploy predator drones in Turkey to aid Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his battle against Kurdish separatists will provoke wry smiles among those used to both hypocrisy over counter-terrorism strategy in the Middle East and the blatant double standards of an increasingly anti-Israeli Turkey.

The decision, if it goes ahead, forms part of a dea