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Hundreds of French graves vandalised

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the defacement of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

France's interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, called the vandalism "a despicable act".

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Elite Islamic school is hate hotbed, says teacher

By Michel Gurfinkiel, February 19, 2015

A teacher has accused his former employer, one of France's top Muslim schools, of being a hotbed of fundamentalism and antisemitism.

Soufiane Zitouni, a prominent Muslim intellectual, has resigned from his post at Averroes Islamic High School in Lille in the wake of the jihadi murders of Jews and political cartoonists in Paris last month, saying that the school fostered extremism.

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Teenagers held after hundreds of gravestones vandalised in France

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the vandalism of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

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Two men charged with helping Copenhagen gunman

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

Two men have been charged with assisting the man believed to be responsible for the attacks on a shul and a café over the weekend in Copenhagen.

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Three injured in attack outside Copenhagen synagogue

By JC Reporter, February 15, 2015

Three people have been wounded in a shooting outside a synagogue in Copenhagen.

According to police reports, one civilian was shot in the head and two policemen were injured.

The attack followed another shooting at a cafe in Copenhagen earlier in the day in which one person was killed and three police injured.

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Israeli court absolves army over Corrie death

By Josh Jackman, February 13, 2015

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled the army was not responsible for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza by a military bulldozer in 2003.

The court upheld the ruling of the lower Haifa District Court three years ago that the Israeli Defence Forces were not liable for the victim while she was in a war zone.

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Israel-Jordan-Egypt alliance deepens

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 12, 2015

Two recent media reports of Israeli drones operating over Jordanian and Egyptian territory have not been acknowledged or commented upon — unsurprisingly — by any of the governments involved.

What is surprising, however, is that such reports now barely create a stir in the region.

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Islamic State is a virus, says Gulf official

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

A government official from the Gulf has said that Islamic State spreads extremism throughout the region by praying on uneducated preachers and journalists.

In a wide-ranging interview with the JC, the official called IS “the virus of small ideas”, and predicted that the Arab world would be fighting Islamic extremism for at least the next 30 years.

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In war-hit Ukraine, an apple is now a luxury

By Paul Anticoni, February 12, 2015

Ukraine feels like a country at war. There is extra security at the airport and military vehicles on the roads. People speak in hushed tones. There is doom and gloom all round — even from the optimists.

The situation is dire. More than a million people have been displaced from their homes, thousands of Jews among them.

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‘Rabbi has blood on hands over abuse’

By Dan Goldberg, February 12, 2015

An inquiry into a child sex abuse scandal that engulfed two Australian Chabad institutions in the 1980s and 1990s has been suffused with acrimony and accusations, tragedy and trauma.

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