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On a lush plateau, jihadis swirl along Israel’s border

By Orlando Radice, April 1, 2015

Bright green fields stretch down the hill towards the Syrian border from the Quneitra Lookout Point in the Golan. The twitter of birds is interspersed with the pop of machine-gun fire.

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In Ukraine, thousands of Jews will spend Pesach as refugees - or under fire

By Josh Jackman, April 1, 2015

Pesach will have extra meaning this year for thousands of Jews forced to flee their homes by the fighting in Ukraine.

They will mark the festival as refugees, having gone through an exodus every bit as dangerous as the one undertaken by their biblical ancestors.

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Irreparable

March 26, 2015

Senior advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government as irreparable.

The war of words between the two leaders over the last few days has focused on Mr Netanyahu's remarks on the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel's Arab citizens, but officials in Jerusalem say they are convinced the

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Claiming back Paris with disco

March 26, 2015

Paris's beleagured Jewish community was given an unexpected lift when Israeli singing star Gad Elbaz took to the city's streets to perform a disco version of Hava Nagila.

The rendition, which featured a klezmer band and dancers, was the singer's response to the terrorist attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in which four people were killed.

"We are here to strengthen the Jews of France and

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Shias called for death of Jews - then Sunnis blew them up

By Shira Rubin, March 26, 2015

In the moments leading up to the deadly bombing of a mosque in Yemen on Friday, worshippers were cursing Jews and America, according to a video posted and translated by media watchdog Memri.

"Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allahu akbar. Death to America.

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US creates $50m fund for peace

By Ben Hartman, March 26, 2015

Two US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle presented a bill late last week to launch a $50m fund to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The bill, called the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorisation Act of 2015, was presented by Republican Jeff Fortenberry and Democrat Joe Crowley.

In a statement, Mr Crowley said: "The US has played a significant leadersh

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World closes in on nuclear deal with Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2015

Negotiators gathered on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, for what could be a crucial round in the talks over the future of the Iranian nuclear programme.

The largest delegations, from the United States and Iran, were headed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif.

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New group to fight global poverty

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

A new organisation to promote Jewish volunteering abroad and international development has been launched with the backing of the Pears Foundation.

Olam will strengthen the work of some 40 Jewish agencies in Israel and diaspora that are currently involved in the fight against disease, poverty and hunger across the world.

Its Israel-based director, Dyonna Ginsburg, who was the Jewish Agency's

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Vandals scatter body parts

March 26, 2015

A Jewish cemetery in the north-eastern Hungarian city of Gyongyos has been vandalised and human remains from the graves scattered in the area.

The leader of the local Jewish community, Peter Weisz, said that the attack was "unprecedented".

He told reporters that around 20 graves had been vandalised.

The office of Prime Minister Viktor Orban condemned the "barbaric deed" and pledged to ren

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Seven siblings die in horror New York fire

By Sebastien Malo, March 26, 2015

A fire in which seven siblings died has left the Orthodox community of Brooklyn in shock.

It is believed that the blaze started after a food-warming plate used on Shabbat malfunctioned.

The fire was the deadliest in the New York area since 2007, fire department officials said.

Neighbours said they could hear the children, aged 5 to 16, calling for help and screaming in the early hours of

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