Jewish Iraq casualty remembered with Kombatika kippah

By Jennifer Lipman, November 12, 2010

The sister of a Jewish soldier from Florida killed in action three years ago has launched a project to provide special kippot to all Jewish American servicemen.

Danny Agami, who was nicknamed “GI Jew”, died after being struck by a roadside bomb during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007.

The 25-year-old, from Florida, had named his US-Army issued yarmulke the “Kombatika”.


Teenager first to set up war graves website

By Leon Symons, November 11, 2010

A website that will eventually contain details of all the Jewish servicemen and women who gave their lives in two world wars goes live this week – and it has all been created by a teenager.

Daniel Levy's interest in war graves was sparked during a visit to France four years ago with his scout group. The youngster was struck by the number of Jewish graves they came across.


The RAF compared with the Israeli Air Force

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 11, 2010

In a surprising upheaval of the global military rankings, it has emerged that Israel is set to leave Britain for dust when it comes to air power.

Cuts proposed in the Ministry of Defence's recent Strategic Defence and Security Review could mean that in five years, the RAF will be fielding roughly half the number of fighters of the Israeli Air Force.

The major difference in air force planning between the countries is a result of change in strategic thinking.


French war graves vandalised with swastikas

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2010

Nicholas Sarkozy has made a public apology after vandals defaced graves in a First World War cemetery in northern France with neon pink swastikas, SS insignia and other obscenities.

The French president called the graffiti covering 12 British and Canadian graves “revolting” and said in a letter to the Queen that it was an “odious act”.

He said he condemned “with the greatest firmness this horrible act” and asked that the Queen should pass on his sympathy and solidarity.


Demjanjuk: Trial for 'Nazi' murders begins

By Jessica Elgot, November 30, 2009

The accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk has begun his trial in Munich.

The 89-year-old Ukrainian, charged of being an accessory to the murder of 27,900 Jews at the Sobibor camp, arrived at court in a wheelchair, accompanied by two guards and two doctors.

The start of the trial was delayed for 70 minutes after hundreds of people descended upon the Munich courtroom, attempting to gain entry to witness the trial.


Israel wants rules of war to be changed

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2009

Israel is launching a campaign to adapt the international laws on warfare to a new reality where organisations purposely operate from civilian areas.

They are hoping that the American and British governments, which face similar circumstances in Iraq and Afghanistan, can be persuaded to join.

The effort comes in response to the UN Human Rights Council report released last week, which accuses the IDF of committing war crimes in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead at the beginning of 2009.


The troubling questions that remain after Gaza

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, May 7, 2009

The war in Gaza leaves many wounds, the grief of the bereaved, the pain of the wounded and the trauma of the displaced on both sides.


Brothers: Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2009
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman star in this tale of relationships destroyed by war.


Russian army robs JC’s man at gunpoint

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

A JC correspondent has been robbed at gunpoint by a Russian soldier while reporting the war in Georgia.

Israel correspondent Anshel Pfeffer, 35, was forced to abandon the hire car he shared with three other Israeli journalists at a checkpoint in the city of Gori when troops began firing shots in the air.

Their Georgian driver fled and one of them was forced from the car as they ran for cover. The soldier then drove away the car, complete with cameras, as they sought refuge in nearby woods.


He trained his rifle on me but his eyes were on our car

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2008

I flew out to cover the war in Georgia but made the news myself when a Russian soldier robbed me at gunpoint

If we had known a few seconds earlier that the young Kalashnikov-toting Russian soldier only wanted to steal our Mercedes, it would all have been much simpler.

But Dato, our Georgian driver, had disappeared. So we were stuck: three Israeli reporters and a photographer, and no shared language with the furious youngster.