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Shul guards threatened by gun gang

By Shirli Sitbon, June 19, 2014

Gunmen approached a Paris synagogue and aimed automatic weapons at police.

No shots were fired and the five men fled on motorcycles when the armed officers stood their ground.

The incident happened on Saturday in the suburb of Garges-lès-Gonesse. Witnesses said the men pointed a handgun and a Kalashnikov at them and pretended to shoot.

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Investment fund 'regrets' Israel boycott move

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2014

A major investment group reportedly regrets its decision to blacklist Israeli banks.

A Dutch fund manager has told the Financial Times that senior executives at Netherlands pension fund PGGM wish it had not pulled funds from Israel's five top banks earlier this year.

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Storm over Canberra's Jerusalem stance

By Dan Goldberg, June 19, 2014

Australia is at risk of a trade boycott by Arab nations in protest at Canberra's "shameful" declaration last week that it will no longer refer to East Jerusalem as "occupied".

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Unesco show a 'victory' for Israel narrative

By Shirli Sitbon, June 19, 2014

They may just be 24 illustrated panels of about 800 words each, but to the Wiesenthal Centre, the People, Book, Land exhibition amounted to a major victory and a breakthrough for peace.

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Israel watches in horror as jihadis carve up Mid East

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

The remarkable advance of the terror group Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) though north-eastern Iraq over the past two weeks has sparked Israeli fears over instability in neighbouring Jordan and the prospect of closer ties between the West and Iran.

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Fifa to probe World Cup fans' antisemitism

By Daniel Easterman, June 19, 2014

Croatia and Russia could be deducted points in the World Cup, after Fifa confirmed it was opening an investigation into antisemitic actions by their supporters.

Football's world governing body said it will start disciplinary proceedings against over supporters displaying neo-Nazi banners during Croatia's and Russia's opening matches.

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A nation shuts its eyes and prays

June 19, 2014

At dusk, the front garden of the house where yeshivah student Naftali Frenkel lived until his kidnap is bathed in light which breaks through tightly-drawn curtains.

Policemen, armed with automatic weapons and flanked by security volunteers, circle the property.

Neighbours hurry by, making their apologies to journalists, keen for a comment from someone who knows.

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Worldwide protests and further arrests in ongoing search for kidnapped students

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2014

Israel's efforts to rescue three kidnapped teenagers continued late Tuesday night, with the arrest of 64 Palestinians – including 51 prisoners who were released in 2011 in exchange for soldier Gilad Shalit.

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UK and US close diplomatic gap with Iran over Iraq crisis

By Charlotte Oliver, June 17, 2014

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he has spoken to Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, in an attempt to co-ordinate a response to the jihadi surge in the north of Iraq.

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European Jewish group to sue Le Pen over 'oven' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The European Jewish Congress is to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen after the former leader of France's National Front made a controversial Holocaust-related comment.

Speaking about Jewish singer and actor Patrick Bruel in a NF video, Mr Le Pen played on the French word for oven - believed to be a reference to Shoah concentration camps.

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