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Three Israelis injured in West Bank terror attack

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2014

Palestinian terrorists have attacked three Israelis in the West Bank city of Ma’ale Adumim, four miles north east of Jerusalem.

Two of the victims, both men in their 50s, were stabbed in a Rami Levy supermarket. The third casualty was a Magen David Adom paramedic who fought one of the two terrorists.

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Woman raped as partner bound and gagged

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

A French Jewish woman has been raped by armed attackers who broke into her apartment demanding money and hurling antisemitic insults.

The woman’s partner was bound and gagged while one of the men carried out the assault.

The attack took place in Créteil, south east of Paris.

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French parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, December 2, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a state of Palestine in a parliamentary session today.

The motion, which demands the French government recognise the state of Palestine, was passed by 339 votes to 151. It was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect. However, it echoes the symbolic votes by parliaments in the UK, Sweden, Spain and Ireland.

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Knesset votes to dissolve in preparation for election

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

The Knesset has voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for elections.

The measure was passed unanimously by 84 votes to 0, with one abstention. The move will be finalised on Monday in second and third readings.

Knesset faction leaders agreed on March 17, 2015 as the date for the election.

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Belarus mayor promises to protect cemetery

By Shyam Kumar, December 2, 2014

The mayor of a Belarusian city has promised to protect a Jewish cemetery that has been partly dug up by developers, with hundreds of tombstones recently discovered piled up near the construction site.

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Lost art masterpiece spotted in film

By Rosa Doherty, December 1, 2014

A painting has returned to Hungary after nine decades because it was spotted being used in Hollywood film ‘Stuart Little’.

A sharp-eyed art researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery noticed the painting, Sleeping Lady with Black Vase by Robert Bereny, in the 1999 children’s movie while watching it with his daughter, Lola.

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Third terror attack at Gush Etzion junction

By Josh Jackman, December 1, 2014

A 19-year-old man has been wounded in another terrorist attack at a junction in the West Bank.

The victim was stabbed in the shoulder by a female terrorist at the Gush Etzion intersection this morning. His injuries were minor and he did not need to be hospitalised.

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France sets Palestinian state deadline

By JC Reporter, November 28, 2014

The French government has said that it will move to officially recognise a Palestinian state if the next push for a deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians fails.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a UN-backed resolution.

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ANALYSIS: Why the delay to the Iran deal weakens the West

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 28, 2014

What can a few more months of negotiations achieve that 11 years, including the last 12 months of marathon talks, could not have done already?

It is a question that the leaders of the six world powers engaged in a decade-long standoff with Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme most likely chose not to address as their deadline of November 24, 2014 drew to a close.

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Palestinians push back UN statehood bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to postpone its attempt to secure a UN timetable for the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma'an news agency on Monday that the decision had been delayed due to the difficulty of reaching the necessary majority in the Security Council and American pressure.

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