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UK deplores Israel’s land grab on West Bank

By Rosa Doherty, September 1, 2014

The British government has crticised an Israeli decision to annex land on the West Bank.

It said the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation.

Israel announced the annexation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, on Sunday.

Anti-settlement groups have called it the biggest such claim in 30 years.


One thousand at ‘kippah march’ in Stockholm

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 1, 2014

Leading Swedish politicians joined Stockholm’s Jewish community in a “kippah march” against antisemitism on Sunday. Over 1,000 people took part in the event, initiated by Sweden’s Jewish Youth Association.


Letter From Tel Aviv: Embracing a very French revolution

By Jenni Frazer, August 29, 2014

"What IS she wearing?" Two Israeli girls, mouths open, heads craned, are sitting by the side of a deluxe swimming pool in Tel Aviv. The woman in question knows perfectly well that she is the subject of discussion. She smiles sleekly and preens herself. Her bikini is top-notch, her kaftan throw even notchier, and she sports the highest of heels.


Stolen Polish gravestones laid to rest

By Nissan Tzur, August 29, 2014

More than 1,000 headstones, taken from the old "Brodno" Jewish cemetery in Warsaw and used to build a pergola and stairs in a local park, are being returned and preserved.


Mumbai's Chabad hub back from dead

By Lawrence Joffe, August 28, 2014

Six years after jihadi terrorists murdered Rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg and his wife at Chabad House in Mumbai, India, the building has sprung back to life.


'As gunmen came in, we hid in the cellar'

By Simon Rocker, August 22, 2014

Decimated by the Nazis and repressed under Stalin, Jews in Ukraine have been rebuilding their communal life over the past two decades since the collapse of Communism.

But now many face an uncertain future as fighting continues in the east of the country between government forces and pro-Russia separatists.


Israeli surgeons treat Yazidi

By Shira Rubin, August 22, 2014

A Yazidi father and son have watched the crisis unfolding in northern Iraq from the recovery room of Wolfson Hospital in Holon, Israel, where the one-year-old received life-saving heart surgery.


Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists rally for Israel

By Lawrence Joffe, August 22, 2014

All over the world, tens of thousands have loudly protested against recent Israeli military actions. In one populous and culturally pivotal corner of India, however, reactions have been significantly different - at least amongst a sizeable, vocal minority.


Child soldiers sign of weakened Hizbollah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2014

Reports that Hizbollah is sending ever-younger fighters to Syria - some as young as 16 - is a further indication that the Lebanese Shia organisation is becoming drastically stretched as it operates on four fronts.

Hizbollah continues to maintain an arsenal of around 60,000 rockets near Israel's northern border while it fights in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.


Turks boycott top writer

By Nathalie Rothschild, August 22, 2014

Turkish-Jewish novelist Mario Levi says he "does not feel safe" in Turkey due "strong antisemitic currents".

Mr Levi's books were recently among the targets of a boycott campaign which called on people not to buy "Jewish products".