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"We're afraid to go to synagogue" says Belgian chief rabbi

By Naomi Firsht, November 25, 2015

European Jewish leaders have spoken of their heightened fears following the atrocities in Paris a week and a half ago.

Roger Cukierman president of Crif, France’s Jewish umbrella body, told French radio RTL two days after the attacks: “We are in a world war.”


French comedian Dieudonné jailed for questioning the Holocaust

By Josh Jackman, November 25, 2015

French comedian Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala has been jailed for two months after questioning the existence of the Nazi gas chambers during a stand-up performance.


Sister of Chasidic girl who committed suicide in July, also kills herself

By JC Reporter, November 24, 2015

The older sister of a Chasidic girl who killed herself by leaping from a rooftop bar in Manhattan four months ago has also committed suicide.

Sara Mayer, 31, was found dead on Sunday afternoon in her parents’ home in Borough Park.

Her sister, Faigy, 30, killed herself after climbing onto a ledge during a party on the roof of the 230 Fifth restaurant in the Flatir


Israeli victim of Mali terror attack named

By JCReporter, November 22, 2015

An Israeli education adviser was among the victims of an Al Qaeda-linked terror attack on a hotel in Mali on Friday.

Shmuel Benalal, 60, a father of three from Tzur Hadassah, near Jerusalem, had come to the country to advise its government on countering religious fundamentalism in schools.


Israeli spy Pollard released - but celebrations are muted

By JC Reporter, November 20, 2015

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard has been released today after 30 years in jail.

The terms of his parole, however, mean that he cannot leave the United States, among other restrictions.


New Facebook feature allows users to upload anti-Israel and antisemitic images

By JC Reporter, November 20, 2015

A new feature on Facebook allows users to upload anti-Israel and antisemitic animated images to their profiles.

The images - or GIFs - come from the GIF supplier, who also supply their GIFs directly to the Facebook Messenger app.


What the doorman saw: a warning of things to come

November 19, 2015

In 2008, nine years before Friday's slaughter, 10 men approached security guards at the Bataclan nightclub. Their faces were shrouded in keffiyehs, a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

They told them: "This is something we cannot continue to accept. You will pay the consequences of your actions."


Welcome to Molenbeek, the jihadi nest at heart of Europe

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 19, 2015

One neighbourhood in western Brussels has become the focus of attention for European security services in the wake of the Paris attack.

It has emerged that the suburb of Molenbeek served as a planning and logistics base for the jihadis.


Orthodox modernising row goes global

By Simon Rocker, November 19, 2015

European rabbis have waded into a dispute that threatens to fracture American Orthodoxy.

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) voted last week to blackball graduates of a New York yeshivah at the centre of a row over its modernising tendencies.