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Today in France, the Shoah flashbacks keep on coming

By Michel Gurfinkiel, September 12, 2014

A remarkable ceremony took place last Sunday at the Rabbinical School of France in Paris.


Accused killer 'was Isis torturer'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 11, 2014

The alleged killer of four at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May beat Western hostages while fighting with Isis in Syria, according to a former prisoner of the terror group.


A superstar send-off, just as Rivers requested

By Orlando Radice, September 11, 2014

Perhaps the best description of Joan Rivers's funeral came from the late, great comedian herself.

Ms Rivers, who died last week aged 81, wrote in 2012 how she wanted her send-off to be "a huge showbiz affair... I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on. I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents."


Accused Brussels killer ‘was Isis torturer’

By Daniel Easterman, September 8, 2014

The main suspect in the shooting of four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels was a torturer for Islamic State, according to a French journalist who was held captive by the terrorist group.


Tributes paid to comedy legend Joan Rivers

By Daniel Easterman and Sophie Lipton, September 5, 2014

The entertainment world has paid tribute to comedian Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81.

Her career in showbusiness spanned five decades.

Until last month she appeared healthy and energetic but suffered cardiac arrest during a medical procedure last week. Ms Rivers' daughter, Melissa, announced her death on Thursday night.


UN force runs away from Israel border as al Qaeda-linked group makes gains

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Rebels captured the town of Kuneitra on Israel's border with Syria last Thursday, and now control the crossing nearby.

The victory signals a change in the status quo which has existed on the border since the end of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.


Muslim teens accused of suicide synagogue plot

By Michael Gurfinkiel, September 4, 2014

Two Muslim girls, aged 17 and 15, have been arrested and charged by French police for allegedly planning a suicide attack on the Great Synagogue in Lyon, central France.


Hamas is Isis says Fatah

September 4, 2014

There is no difference between the beheadings carried out by Isis and the [Hamas-run] kangaroo courts executing people in Gaza." This was not said by Benjamin Netanyahu, but Fatah leader Tawfik Tirawi this week.

Some of the harshest things said about Hamas in recent days have come from their ostensible unity government partners, Fatah.


Greek mayor wears Star at swearing-in

By Victor Eliezer, September 4, 2014

The re-elected mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, wore a Star of David at his swearing-in ceremony last week.

During the event, supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and anti-fascist activists chanted slogans at each other from opposite balconies.


Beheaded Jewish journalist Sotloff was Israeli citizen

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2014

Isis militants have released a video apparently showing one of their members beheading Jewish-American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

Mr Sotloff, who was an Israeli citizen, wrote for publications including Time and Foreign Policy. He was abducted in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013.