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Failure to recognise Israel is antisemitic, says Pope

By Nathan Jeffay, June 11, 2015

Not recognising Israel is antisemitic, the Pope has reportedly stated.

Henrique Cymerman, a Portuguese journalist based in Tel Aviv, tweeted: "In an email we got from Pope Francis: 'Whoever does not recognise the Jewish People and the State of Israel falls in antisemitism.'"


Now Czechs criticise Israel

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 10, 2015

The Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, traditionally a strong supporter of Israel, has condemned Israeli policies in Gaza and the West Bank.


BDS seeing success in Europe, says Sacks

By JCReporter, June 10, 2015

Former UK chief rabbi Lord Sacks told a panel discussion at the Herzliya Security Conference this week that the BDS movement has partly succeeded in Europe because it has created an environment in which it is almost impossible to speak out in favour of Israel.

"Jews have been faced with a choice: live in Europe and criticise Israel or be silent - or leave Europe," he said.


Paris Muslim group 'plotted to murder Jews'

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 10, 2015

A French anti-Islamophobia group is on trial in Paris, accused of plotting a terrorist attack on Jewish shops.

The group, which called itself the "Knights of Pride" and was led by 37-year-old "Emir" Mohamed Achamlane, was formed in 2010 and drew attention for staging protests against the ban on veils in France.


Israeli religious authorities at war with the rabbi who lets women dance in shul

By Nathan Jeffay, June 10, 2015

He is one of America's most renowned rabbinic exports and a hero to many modern-Orthodox Jews around the world. But Israel's Chief Rabbinate does not share the admiration for Shlomo Riskin, and has now taken its gloves off in its fight against him.


Controversial Israeli laws blocked

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2015

Plans to push through legislation that would limit the powers of the Israeli Supreme Court are on hold for now because there is no majority in the Knesset for the new laws.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to pass an "override clause" that would allow the new legislation to pass even if the Court rules they are unconstitutional.


What the Turkish election means for the Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2015

The schadenfreude in the West and in Israel over the electoral blow suffered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday is understandable.


Hamas struggles against pro-Islamic State groups in Gaza

By Naomi Firsht, June 8, 2015

Hamas is trying to control a variety of jihadi groups inside Gaza who are believed to be behind recent attacks on Israel.

Salafist militants who support Islamic State are thought to have carried out bombings at Hamas security posts, and shot rockets at Israeli towns, actions that have provoked reprisals from Israel.


Naked sauna session rabbi apologises

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 5, 2015

A Rabbi accused of encouraging young men to undress and join him in the steam room has addressed the allegations in a letter to members of his synagogue.

After an article published on May 29 in The New York Times, accused him of improper conduct spanning several decades, Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt remained quiet for almost a week.


'Lone wolves' hunt in packs, says cyber expert

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

A cyberterrorism expert has rejected the popular idea of "lone wolf" terrorists, arguing that deadly attacks, such as those in Copenhagen and Brussels, are orchestrated by online helpers.

Professor Gabriel Weimann, who teaches communications studies at Haifa University, is currently advising the European Union on how to combat violent political extremism online.