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Antisemitism in France: the statistics do not look good

By Naomi Firsht , May 1, 2014

Last Sunday, the European Jewish Congress and Tel Aviv University reported that there were more violent antisemitic incidents in France in 2013 than any country in the world.


Israeli ‘bomb’ quiz explodes on global TV

By Nathan Jeffay, May 1, 2014

For a country with bomb-detecting security scanners in every shopping centre and leaders who constantly talk about the Iranian nuclear programme, Israel’s latest television craze is surprising — a bomb-themed quiz show.


Spielberg genocide centre

By Tom Tugend, May 1, 2014

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, founder of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, is setting up a Centre for Advanced Genocide Research at the university.


Survey shows Israelis to be among world’s most liberal

By Nathan Jeffay, May 1, 2014

In an international “morality” survey, Israelis have emerged as more relaxed than the average global citizen on a range of issues including homosexuality and pre-marital sex.


Dutch Jewish groups angry over Geert Wilders' Morocco comments

April 30, 2014

Dutch Jewish groups have spoken out against Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration Party for Freedom, after he told supporters that he would reduce the number of Moroccans in the country, the JTA has reported.

Mr Wilders asked his supporters at a post-election celebration in March whether they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans”.


Israel sabotaged talks, says Palestinian negotiator

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2014

Israel used “every tool possible in order to consolidate its apartheid regime”, a top Palestinian peace negotiator has claimed following the collapse of the peace talks.

Saeb Erekat said in a statement that “everything Israel did during the past nine months was aimed at sabotaging Palestinian and international efforts to achieve the two-state solution".


Jewish mayor of Kharkiv stable after surgery in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 29, 2014

Mystery still shrouds the identity of the attackers who shot and severely wounded the Jewish mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv.

On Monday night Gennadiy Kernes was flown to Israel, where his condition was stabilised after surgery in Haifa's Elisha hospital.


Paul Simon in court after domestic dispute

By Rosa Doherty, April 29, 2014

Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell have appeared in court following their arrest on disorderly conduct charges after a domestic dispute.

The Jewish singer songwriter 72, told the judge at the hearing: “We had an argument - that is atypical of us.”

Ms Brickell, 48, agreed, assuring the court : “ [Paul] is not a threat to me at all.”


John Kerry regrets Israel 'apartheid' comment

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2014

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed regret over his Israel “apartheid” remarks ahead of Yom Hashoah.

In the wake of criticism from Jewish and pro-Israeli organisations, Mr Kerry issued an apologetic statement on Monday evening.


Israel could become an apartheid state, Kerry warns

By JC Reporter, April 28, 2014

Israel could become an apartheid state if peace negotiations fail, John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has warned.

Mr Kerry said the country could be faced with a large population of second-class citizens if it did not succeed in negotiating a two-state solution – with Israel alongside an independent Palestine - to end the Middle-East conflict.