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Jewish leaders condemn attack on Jesus ‘miracle’ church

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Jewish leaders around the world have condemned a suspected arson attack on a church in northern Israel where Jesus was supposed to have fed the “five thousand” with fish and bread.

Hebrew graffiti found on a wall suggested Jewish extremists may have been behind the attack on the Roman Catholic church of Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee on Thursday.


Michael Douglas given the ‘Jewish Nobel’

By Naomi Firsht, June 19, 2015

Actor Michael Douglas was awarded the “Jewish Nobel” in a lavish ceremony last night in Jerusalem.

Mr Douglas, 70, was honoured with the Genesis prize for his commitment to Jewish values and the Jewish people.

His wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their two children Dylan and Carys, were all at the event at the Jerusalem Theatre to support him.


Likud will need MK who 'pimped and took drugs'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

Allegations of sexual harassment, pimping and hard drug-use against a junior Knesset member have cast a shadow over Israel's parliament and emphasised the difficulties facing Benjamin Netanyahu's tiny coalition.

Oren Hazan, who was number 30 on Likud's candidate list and scraped into the Knesset, has been the subject of two hard-hitting TV news reports in the past two weeks.


Uefa accuses Bosnian FA

By Simon Griver, June 18, 2015

Uefa has charged the Bosnian FA with racism over a series of ugly anti-Israel incidents before and during Israel's Euro 2016 qualifier in Zenica last Friday.

Hundreds of Bosnian fans demonstrated outside the Israeli team's hotel, stamping on an Israeli flag and chanting antisemitic slogans. As a result of the intimidation, the Israeli team bus was given a substantial police escort.


Culture Minister Regev on 'collision course' with left

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

Culture Minister Miri Regev is rapidly becoming the standard-bearer, or main hate-figure, depending on the political perspective, in the escalating culture-war between the new right-wing government and Israel's mainly left-leaning creative community.

On Tuesday, Ms Regev announced she was freezing public funding for the Jewish-Arab theatre in Haifa, Al-Midan, which had produced a play on the li


Destroying Arab villages is self-defeating

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

The Israeli Defence Ministry this week issued a list of special arrangements for the West Bank during the month of Ramadan.

The orders eased the restrictions on movement for Palestinian civilians in ways unprecedented since the start of the First Intifada in 1987.


Plight of Druze threatens to draw Israel deeper into Syria’s civil war

By Tim Marshall, June 17, 2015

From an Israeli military base in the Golan Heights, you can look down onto Syria's glorious ancient heritage, its terrible present, and its troubled future.


Guests accidently shot at Waldorf Astoria wedding reception

By Naomi Firsht, June 16, 2015

A million-dollar Jewish wedding reception last Saturday was over before it began when the groom’s cousin accidentally shot four people.

Anna Goldschmidt had married Elan Stratiyevsky in a traditional Jewish ceremony earlier in the day.


Paris cultural sites ‘discriminated against’ Israeli tour party

By JCReporter, June 16, 2015

Two major cultural sites in Paris, including the Louvre, are being accused of discriminating against Israeli visitors.

Last month, a professor of art history at Tel Aviv University, Sefy Hendler, tried to book a guided tour for a group of 12 students at the Louvre and Sainte-Chapelle, a medieval chapel, for later this month.


Spain expects 90,000 Sephardic Jews to apply for passport

By Adam Feinstein, June 15, 2015

Thousands of Sephardim around the world are expected to request Spanish citizenship after the Madrid Parliament approved a new law allowing descendants of Jews expelled in 1492 to apply for a Spanish passport.