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Croatia football team employs former player who led Nazi chant

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2015

The Croatian national football team has hired an assistant who was previously banned for 10 games after leading fans in a Nazi chant.


Reykjavik boycotts Israeli goods - then changes its mind

By JC Reporter, September 22, 2015

Reykjavik city council has backtracked after announcing that it had voted to boycott all Israeli products.

Last week, the Icelandic capital's municipality said it was in favour of a boycott "as long as the occupation of Palestinian territories continues".


Neo-Nazis win more seats in Greek election

By Victor Eliezer, September 22, 2015

Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn saw its parliamentary power boosted in the Greek election on Sunday.

The far-right party came third, winning seven per cent of the vote, up from 6.3 per cent in the last election. This translated into 19 seats in parliament, a gain of two seats.


Naked clowns apologise to Palestinians after cock-up solidarity protest

By JC Reporter, September 21, 2015

Spanish activists who stood naked in front of the West Bank separation barrier have been forced to apologise.

The group, Pallasos en Rebeldia [Clowns in Rebellion] stood in front of the barrier naked wearing clown make-up – including red noises – and said that their protest was an act of solidarity with the Palestinians of the West Bank.


Video game helps children engage with the story of Jonah

By Josh Jackman, September 21, 2015

Yom Kippur is not usually a time for fun and games, but one app is going against the trend - in the name of education, of course.

American non-profit company G-dcast has created Jonah Run, an app which teaches children the High Holy Day story of a rebellious prophet through an infinite runner game.


Putin tells Netanyahu he “understands” concerns over Russian military build-up in Syria

By JC Reporter, September 21, 2015

President Vladimir Putin has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he “understands” Israel’s concerns over the build-up of Russian military forces in Syria.


Why Maori are singing their love for Judaism

By Miriam Bell, September 18, 2015

Emotional and spiritual connections between Jewish people and Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have long been observed and recorded.

Ties go back to the arrival of New Zealand's early settlers and, with them, Christianity. Traditionally, Maori recognised a pantheon of gods and were, therefore, willing to incorporate Christianity into their belief system.


Ann Coulter in Twitter tirade over Republicans’ pitch to Jews

By Josh Jackman, September 17, 2015

A prominent American political commentator has accused the Republican presidential candidates of pandering to Jews.

During last night’s televised debate between the 11 main candidates for the 2016 election, Ann Coulter, a conservative pundit and author, tweeted to her 660,000 followers: “How many f---ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?”


Deep fears over Russia's Syria push

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2015

Russia's decision to deploy warplanes and military units to Syria could have far-reaching implications beyond the ongoing civil war. It is already driving a wedge between Jerusalem and Moscow.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he would fly to Russia to voice Israel's concerns over the deployment.


An Israeli island… in Finland

By Nathan Jeffay, September 17, 2015

A group of Israeli businessmen has bought a Finnish island and plans turn it into an idyllic getaway for Israelis.

Building will start next year on the 42-acre Petajasaari, an island in central Finland which is thought never to have been inhabited. The entrepreneurs bought it from a church, and plan to market it heavily in Israel.