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Israeli spy Pollard to be released – but will have to remain in US

By JC Reporter, November 10, 2015

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will not be able to travel to Israel after his release from jail next week, despite calls for President Obama to intervene on his behalf.

Mr Pollard, who is set to be released next Friday after 30 years in prison, must remain in the US for five years, according to the terms of his parole.


Helmut Schmidt, a Nazi Youth leader who had Jewish ancestry, dies aged 96

By Naomi Firsht, November 10, 2015

The former Chancellor of West Germany Helmut Schmidt has died aged 96.

Mr Schmidt was West German Chancellor from 1974 until 1982 during the height of the Cold War.

His relationship with the Jewish community and possible ties to the Nazi party remained ambiguous during his life.


Modigliani painting fetches £113 million in New York auction

By JC Reporter, November 10, 2015

A painting by Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani has sold for $170.4 million (£113 million), the second-highest price at auction for any artwork.

Reclining Nude was sold by Christies in New York on Monday night to an unnamed Chinese collector thought to be billionaire investor Liu Yiqian.


Bibi pledges commitment to two-state solution in meeting with Obama

By JC Reporter, November 9, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama that he remains committed to the two-state solution and is interested in taking practical steps to calm tensions with the Palestinians in a meeting in Washington today.


Looking for best arguments to defend Israel? There’s an app for that

By Josh Jackman, November 9, 2015

A former Nasa engineer has created the first Israel advocacy app, with the aim of promoting the Jewish State outside its usual circles of support.


Former Israel president Yitzchak Navon dies

By Rosa Doherty, November 8, 2015

Yitzhak Navon, Israel's fifth President has died aged 94.

He was buried on Sunday, at the cemetery of Nation’s Great on top of Mount Herzl.

Mr Navon who was the country’s first president to be born in Jerusalem, died on Saturday morning.


Five wounded in West Bank attack

By Rosa Doherty, November 8, 2015

Five Israelis have been wounded in a West Bank car-ramming and stabbing Attack.

According to emergency services MDA, a car ramming was reported in the West Bank at the Tapuah Junction towards Huwara, on Sunday morning.

A driver was seen accelerating towards civilians who were standing at a near by hitchhiking spot.


Jewish refugee is stuck in Istanbul and seeking aliyah

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2015

The JC has learnt of a married couple from Damascus living in Istanbul but trying to make aliyah.

The woman was born Jewish but converted to Islam for her Muslim husband. It is understood that they have not been welcomed by the local Turkish Jewish community.


Reform movement in America backs transgender rights

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2015

The Reform movement in the US has unanimously passed an extensive resolution to support and promote the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming members.

The Union for Reform Judaism voted in favour of the motion on Thursday, during its biennial five-day convention in Florida, where 5,000 leaders from around the world have been representing a total of 1.5 million members.


Heard the one about the Pope, Jesus and the antisemite?

By Isabel de Bertodano, November 5, 2015

When a group of Latin American Jews visited the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis last week they knew they would receive a warm reception from the Pontiff, who is famously friendly towards Jews.

What they did not expect was to hear him tell a joke about an antisemitic Catholic priest.