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Swiss museum accepts art from son of Nazi-era dealer

By Toby Axelrod, November 25, 2014

Jewish groups are cautiously positive about Monday’s German-Swiss announcement on the fate of the sensational collection of German art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.

After months of consideration, the Kunstmuseum Bern announced that it would accept the collection as a bequest from Gurlitt - but reject any Nazi-looted works.


Iran nuclear deadline pushed back to July 2015

By Josh Jackman, November 24, 2014

The deadline for a deal to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons programme has been pushed back seven months.

The US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany originally set a deadline for today, but failed to reach a long-term deal that would take the place of the interim agreement signed in Geneva last year.


Vote on Israel’s nation-state law postponed

By Orlando Radice, November 24, 2014

The Knesset debate on the “nation-state” bill passed by the Israeli cabinet yesterday has been pushed back to next week.

The controversial bill, which has been widely attacked as racist, is an attempt to formally define Israel as the Jewish nation-state.


Stars mourn ‘inspirational, irreplaceable’ Mike Nichols

By Josh Jackman, November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning film director of The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died aged 83.

Mr Nichols was one of only 12 people to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards - the coveted ‘EGOT’, standing for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.


UK religious leaders condemn synagogue attack

By Simon Rocker, November 21, 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury and a senior Muslim leader have co-signed a letter with the Chief Rabbi in today’s Times condemning the murder of five Israelis in a synagogue this week.


Islamic State took 17 of my family to the hills and shot them

By Orlando Radice, November 20, 2014

Sitting in a London restaurant, the Kurdish man across the table is talking without blinking.

In a soft voice, Bektas says: "If I didn't have a family here, I would go home tomorrow and kill Daish [Arabic for Islamic State]."

Six weeks ago, 17 members of his extended family were murdered by the fundamentalist group terrorising the Middle East.


Quarter of Palestinians favour IS

By Nathan Jeffay, November 20, 2014

Palestinians have a far higher opinion of Islamic State (IS) than Arabs elsewhere, according to a new poll.

The Doha-based Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies surveyed views of the terrorist group in various countries, including Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.


Antwerp on alert after knife attack

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

A Jewish leader in Antwerp has said the community feels "fragile" after a Charedi man was stabbed on his way to synagogue.

Yehosha Malik, 31, was attacked by a man reportedly leaving a bar early on Saturday morning.


Shul bomb suspect charged after 34 years

By David Lazarus, November 20, 2014

French authorities this week charged the chief suspect in the bombing of a Paris synagogue - 34 years after the attack.

Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen, was accused of first-degree murder over the 1980 attack on the Union Libérale Israélite synagogue on Rue Copernic, which left four dead.

Diab,60, was flown to France less than 24 hours after a decision by Canada's Supreme Court not to allo


Far-right ask for Jewish data

By Toby Axelrod, November 20, 2014

A far-right party with one seat in the Dortmund City Council has asked for data on Jews living in the city.

According to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, Die Rechte ("The Right") representative Dennis Giemsch - who has occupied the seat since May - included the request in a list of 25 questions put to the council last Thursday.