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Man arrested 'after kiddush herring row ended in stabbing'

By Henry Benjamin, April 19, 2016

One man has been charged by police and another is recovering in hospital following an alleged stabbing attack - after a disagreement over herring at a synagogue kiddush.

The incident took place last Shabbat at a shul in Melbourne, Australia.

The JC understands there was an argument between two men over either cake or herring.


Tributes paid to Jewish zookeeper killed by tiger

By Naomi Firsht, April 18, 2016

A Jewish zookeeper known as the “tiger whisperer” has been mauled to death by a Malayan tiger in Florida.

Stacey Konwiser, 38, was bitten by the 13-year-old male tiger while carrying out her daily duties at Palm Beach Zoo on Friday.

She was rushed to a medical centre but died from her injuries.


Sanders suspends Jewish outreach head over anti-Israel Facebook post

By JC Reporter, April 15, 2016

The offending Facebook post

Bernie Sanders has suspended his Jewish outreach coordinator after reports emerged of her strident criticism of Israeli politics and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Ukrainian parliament votes in Jewish prime minister

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

Ukraine has its first Jewish prime minister after the parliament gave its approval for speaker Volodymyr Groysman to take the post.

Mr Groysman, 38, was voted in by a margin of 257 to 50 after MPs formally accepted the resignation of former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The former leader announced on Sunday that he intended to step down after two years in office.


Abbas seeks UN statehood vote

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

The Palestinian Authority has launched a diplomatic initiative to secure a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and setting out a timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state within a year.


Brussels suspect says flights to Tel Aviv were original bomb target

By JC Reporter, April 14, 2016

The man suspected of helping organise the Brussels airport attacks has said that the original target for the attack had been the departure area for flights to Tel Aviv.

Mohamed Abrini, who has admitted to being “the man in the hat” caught on CCTV footage before the bombing in March, also said that passengers flying to the US and Russia had been targeted.


‘Hyper Cacher weapons supplier’ arrested in Spain

By JC Reporter, April 13, 2016

Spanish police have arrested a man who allegedly sold weapons to the terrorist responsible for attacks on a kosher supermarket in Paris last year.

According to a statement issued by the Spanish police, a 27-year-old man from France, identified as Antoine Denevi, was detained in Malaga on Tuesday at the request of French authorities.


Saudi Arabia to ensure safe passage of Israeli ships following Red Sea islands deal

By JC Reporter, April 13, 2016

Saudi Arabia will ensure the safe passage of Israeli ships as part of the deal it signed with Egypt last week to take control of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir.


Wrong to blame Israel for failure to make peace, says Clinton

By Josh Jackman, April 12, 2016

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said it is “not accurate or fair or useful” to blame Israel for the lack of a peace deal with the Palestinians.

She also called her commitment to Israel “personal” and took a shot at her potential rival for the presidency, Republican candidate Donald Trump, for his changing positions on the Jewish state.


Abbas son’s $1 million shares named in Panama leak

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2016

The son of Palestinian president Mahmouud Abbas owns $1m worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company, the Panama Papers have revealed.

In the mega-leak of documents from Panamanian law office Mossack Fonseca, published by over 100 news organisations two weeks ago, are the files of the Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC), incorporated in the Virgin Islands in 1994.