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I grew up with hate, but Israeli aid changed that

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

A Syrian aid worker brought up to hate the Jewish state but now working with an Israeli humanitarion aid organisation says the civil war is a chance to bring the nations together.

Amin Ahmed says that by helping some of Syria's 3.1 million refugees, Israel can "change everything".

Mr Ahmed, who has helped refugees since the conflict began in 2011, said: "There are moments in history where it


UN schools are 'teaching kids jihad'

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

Middle East monitors have accused the United Nations Relief and Works Agency of teaching Palestinian children "a curriculum of war".

The criticism of Unwra, which provides humanitarian services to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, came during a during a panel discussion on the UN agency's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the House of Commons this week.

Bassem Eid, direct


Outrage as French theatres host hate comic

December 11, 2014

Twenty french theatres have come under fire for agreeing to host a one-man show by antisemitic comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala.

The show, titled The Impure Beast, features dirty jokes about Ilan Halimi, a Parisian who was tortured and murdered in 2006 because he was Jewish. Dieudonné is the inventor of the fascist quenelle gesture, which has been copied across Europe.


Polish court rules shechita ban is ‘against human rights’

By Orlando Radice, December 10, 2014

The was relief across Europe this week as Poland’s constitutional court ruled that the country’s ban on shechita ran against both the country’s basic laws and the European Convention on Human Rights.


Obama’s nominee for defence chief ‘tough on Iran, friendly to Israel’

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 9, 2014

Two years ago, when the United States Senate held its confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Defence, a pitched battle ensued on Chuck Hagel’s suitability for the post, largely due to his previously critical statements on Israel and a perceived “softness” towards Iran.


Syria blames Israel for daylight strike on arms depots

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2014

On Sunday, fighter jets attacked two depots near the Syrian capital of Damascus that were being used to store arms destined for Hizbollah.

The Syrian government blamed Israel for carrying out the attack while Israel, as in previous cases, refused to comment.


Robbers rape teen in Paris 'hate' attack

December 4, 2014

A French Jewish, 19-year-old woman was raped on Monday night by one of three armed robbers who broke into the apartment she shared with her 21-year-old partner.

The three robbers, who reportedly told the couple they were targeting them "because Jews have money", were carrying handguns and a sawn-off shotgun.

Le Parisien reported that, before the rape, the men demanded that the couple hand ov


France votes for Palestine

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a Palestinian state this week.

The parliamentary motion, which was passed by 339 votes to 151, was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect.


I'm alive, says fighter

By David Lazarus, December 4, 2014

Reports that Islamic State terrorists had captured an Israeli-Canadian woman who had been training with Kurdish forces turned out to be false after she posted a note on Facebook on Monday saying she was fine.

"Guys, I'm totally safe and secure," wrote Gillian Rosenberg, 31.


Is antisemitism big in Venezuela?

By Michael Kaminer, December 4, 2014

At first, I tried convincing myself that the episodes were coincidences.

Days after arriving for a month-long stay in Caracas, Venezuela, I spotted a stylish young woman in a snug, red cotton T-shirt emblazoned with… a swastika. Underneath the image was a moustached "Hello, Kitty" figure and the words "Hello, Hitler".