WJR launches an appeal for Georgian Jews

By Dana Gloger, August 21, 2008

World Jewish Relief has launched a UK appeal to help clients affected by the Georgian conflict.

WJR says that over 700 young and elderly Jews are in need of welfare assistance. Around 100 have been forced to flee their homes and are staying with other Jews in Tbilisi. Extra rescue workers have been drafted in to help the refugees.

The charity reports that some Jews have already been rescued, among them 79-year-old Rivka Rosa from Tskhinvali.


Russian troops rob JC reporter at gunpoint

By Daniella Peled, August 14, 2008

A JC reporter was one of a group of civilians robbed at gunpoint by a Russian soldier on Thursday morning in Georgia.

Anshel Pfeffer, also covering the conflict for Israeli newspaper Haaretz, was with three other journalists in a car near a Russian army checkpoint on the outskirts of the town of Gori.

A large crowd of journalists had gathered at the checkpoint, and Mr Pfeffer, 35, said the atmosphere had been cordial, with Russian soldiers and fofficers chatting and joking with the media.


Carter presses nuke button

By Francesca Segal, May 30, 2008

Former US president Jimmy Carter has breached diplomatic protocol by making specific public claims about Israel’s nuclear arsenal.

He became the first president to acknowledge publicly Israel’s nuclear capability when he addressed an invited audience of journalists last week at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival, on the Welsh borders.


Review: Preaching in times of war - 1800-2001

By Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen, May 16, 2008

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The Littman Library of Civilization £39.95

Rabbis who invest much effort into the preparation of their sermons, while aware that some (many?) of their congregants prefer media analysis to rabbinic exposition of political issues, will be reassured as to the status and influence of the sermon by this scholarly, yet immensely readable, volume.


'Israel has failed to learn from Lebanon War'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2008

Israel has not implemented the lessons from its disastrous war in Lebanon, almost two years ago, says one of the country’s leading strategists.

According to a memo prepared by Professor Yehezkel Dror, a member of the Winograd Commission set up to investigate the war, and seen by the JC, the government has not carried out the commission’s main recommendations.


The halachic duty to avoid civilian casualties

By Daniel Reisel, May 9, 2008

Daniel Reisel examines how far Jewish law requires armies to protect civilians in battle

Hardly a day has gone by in recent years when Kassam rockets and mortar shells launched by militants in Gaza have not landed on the Western Negev. Inevitably, Israel’s military response has provoked controversy in the wider world because of civilian casualties. Israel counters that it is not always possible to protect civilians when returning fire in densely populated areas like Gaza.