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World offers Gaza billions in aid cash

October 14, 2014

The international community pledged nearly £5.4bn worth of economic assistance to Gaza at a donor conference in Cairo on Sunday.

According to the Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, a co-chair of the conference, half the cash will go towards rebuilding thousands of buildings destroyed during this summer's conflict.

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Indyk: US Jews' support for 'hubristic' Israel crumbling

October 14, 2014

Former Middle East negotiator for the State Department Martin Indyk has expressed concern that US Jews are withdrawing their support for Israel.

In a Yom Kippur address at Washington DC's Adas Israel Conservative synagogue, Mr Indyk said that, while US support was "the bedrock that Israel has always relied on, I worry that it is crumbling".

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Arab Bank terror verdict a 'landmark'

By David Lazarus, October 14, 2014

The verdict of a New York court that the Jordan-based Arab Bank knowingly funded Hamas is being seen as a landmark victory against terror organisations around the world.

The case against the Arab Bank, one of the largest financial institutions in the Middle East, was launched in 2004 by a group of American victims of 24 terrorist acts in Israel.

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Swedes get a female rabbi

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 14, 2014

Sweden will get its first female rabbi when Ute Steyer of New York's Yeshiva University takes up the post at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm in January.

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Patrick Modiano, French novelist who wrote about Jews, wins Nobel Prize

By JC Reporter, October 10, 2014

Acclaimed French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for literature.

He was described by the Nobel committee as a modern-day Marcel Proust.

Mr Modiano, who was born in Paris at the end of the Second World War, is known for chronicling the life in the city under Nazi occupation.

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EU threatens sanctions against Israel over peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 8, 2014

According to a senior European diplomat, the EU is working on a series of bilateral sanctions against Israel that will be implemented if the peace process continues to stagnate.

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Islamic State: we'll eliminate women, children, apostates - and caviar

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

Plans by the Islamic State (IS) to seize Iran's nuclear installations and build its own nuclear bomb have added a bizarre twist to the already convoluted issue of the West's confrontation with both sides of the Sunni-Shia conflict.

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Peace Now spoils Bibi's US party

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The venerable Israeli left-wing organisation Peace Now has lost a lot of its steam in recent years.

The failure of the Oslo process and other diplomatic initiatives has led to public apathy over the group's efforts to push for a two-state solution.

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Was Sartre indifferent about the Holocaust?

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 7, 2014

A row has erupted among Jean-Paul Sartre scholars over a new book which claims that the French philosopher did too little to defend Jews during the Holocaust.

Ingrid Galster, a German Sartre expert, suggests that not only was Sartre unsympathetic to the plight of Jews, he actively profited from antisemitism in France by taking a post at a school when its Jewish incumbent was removed.

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UN to vote on recognition of Yom Kippur

By Josh Jackman, October 6, 2014

The United Nations will start debating this month whether Yom Kippur should be an official UN holiday after ambassadors from 32 nations signed a letter in support of the cause.

Countries including America, Canada and Uruguay have formally asked the UN General Assembly committee that Yom Kippur stand alongside Christmas and the end of Ramadan on the UN calendar.

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