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Kurdish parliament creates department for Jews

By Naomi Firsht, October 22, 2015

Iraqi Kurdistan has a new Jewish affairs representative, who wants to rebuild synagogues and reconnect Jews in the region to their roots.

In May, a law passed by the Kurdish parliament in the semi-autonomous region established seven new departments for various religious minorities within the government’s Ministry for Religious Affairs.


Concern over election of Trudeau in Canada

By David Lazarus, October 22, 2015

A prominent Canadian rabbi has said that many Jews were deeply unhappy with the victory of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in the country's national election this week.


App helps commemorate loved ones

By Josh Jackman, October 21, 2015

A new app has been released to remind people when to commemorate loved ones who have died.

The free "Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial App" informs users of yahrzeit and yizkor dates on their Hebrew calendar and provides the right prayers and meditations for those occasions.


Argentina seeks arrest of 1992 terror suspects

By Jonathan Gilbert, October 21, 2015

Argentina's Supreme Court has taken steps to revive the investigation into the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires by requesting international arrest warrants for two Lebanese suspects.

The probe into the tragedy, a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 22 people, had been largely paralysed. Hizbollah is widely believed to have been behind the bombing.


US and Israel talk defence as Iran marches on Aleppo

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 21, 2015

Israel and the US are trying to restore co-operation at the highest levels following months of tension over the Iran deal.

On Sunday, Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Israel for talks on future military aid to Israel and co-ordination over the two countries' response to developments in Syria.


Anger as Netanyahu says Palestinian leader convinced Hitler to exterminate Jews

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hitler only decided to carry out the Final Solution after being convinced by a Palestinian leader.

Speaking at the World Zionist Congress, the Israeli Prime Minister said the plan to exterminate European Jews was developed after the Nazi leader met the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.


Israeli soldier shot dead in attack at Beersheva bus station

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2015

One person was killed and seven people have been injured in a shooting and stabbing attack at Beersheva's central bus station in southern Israel.

According to Israeli media, a soldier was shot dead by an attacker who then used the victim’s rifle to shoot and wound six others, including four policemen.

One of the casualties was seriously injured, according to Magen David Adom.


Five more stabbings as violence continues

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2015

Palestinians carried out five stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Saturday, Israeli authorities have said.

Four of the attackers were killed.

In Jerusalem, a police spokesperson said a 16-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by officers after he tried to stab them.


Yeshivah students in clash with Palestinian police at Joseph's Tomb

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2015

Five yeshivah students had to be rescued by IDF soldiers after being confronted by Palestinians at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus.

The students were reported to have made an unauthorised visit to the holy site after it was set ablaze by a Palestinian mob on Thursday.

Around 30 worshippers entered the tomb without obtaining security clearance.


Palestinian attacker shot after disguising himself as a journalist

By Josh Jackman, October 16, 2015

A Palestinian knifeman wearing a press vest has been shot after stabbing an Israeli soldier in the West Bank.

The attacker was shot and killed by other troops in Kiryat Arba after wounding the soldier, who was standing metres away from a protest.