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We did not fight Nazis for Jews to flee, says Sarkozy

By Orlando Radice, January 11, 2016

Nicolas Sarkozy gave an emotional speech in defence of France’s Jewish community at a dinner in London on Sunday night.

The former French president and current leader of the Republican party told the guests: “It is unacceptable that 70 years after the end of the Holocaust, French Jews are afraid.”


Machete-wielding man attacks Jews outside synagogue in Marseille

By JC Reporter, January 11, 2016

Shul-goers have been attacked in the French city of Marseille.

According to police, teacher Benjamin Amsellem was lightly hurt when a man wielding a machete attacked people leaving a synagogue after morning prayers.

The perpetrator was arrested 10 minutes after the attack and is being held in custody.


Two Palestinians in stabbing attack killed by IDF soldiers

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2016

Israeli soldiers have shot dead two Palestinians who were attempting to stab them in an attack at a checkpoint.

The Israel Defence Forces said the soldiers had "thwarted the attack and shot the assailants".

The incident took place at the Bekaot checkpoint in the northern West Bank.

The two Palestinian men, aged 23 and 38, were believed to be from villages south of Jenin.


Israel supporters tell Ayatalloh, Jews living in the Holy Land is will of Allah

By Simon Rocker, January 7, 2016

A group of pro-Israel activists has written to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatalloh Khamenei asking him to recognise that the Quran upholds the right of the Jewish people to the Holy Land.


Israeli tourists in Cairo shot at in drive-by attack

By JC Reporter, January 7, 2016

Gunmen shot at a group of Israelis in Cairo today, although no casualties have been reported.

The attackers opened fire from a motorcycle as the tourists boarded a bus outside their hotel, located on a road leading to the pyramids.

One shooter was arrested at the scene and security forces surrounded the other attacker in another part of Cairo, said police sources.


Revealed: shame of the Nazi who hated the Nazis

By Nissan Tzur, January 7, 2016

"Those animals. I would like to throw some of those dogs under the tram."

Wilm Hosenfeld, the Nazi officer who famously saved the life of musician Wldyslaw Szpilman - an act commemorated in Roman Polanski's Holocaust film The Pianist - could not bear his anger towards his fellow soldiers.


Ukraine plans museum to commemorate Babi Yar

By Julie Masis, January 7, 2016

A museum will be built in Ukraine next year to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the biggest single Holocaust massacres, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital announced last week.


Jewish-Ukrainian politician 'kidnapped'

January 7, 2016

Jewish-Ukrainian politician Gennady Korban, who is charged with being involved in organised crime, has compared his case to a famous 1913 blood libel trial in which a Russian Jew was accused of ritual murder.


Hate-ranter Mel Gibson to present at Golden Globes

By Jessica Weinstein, January 6, 2016

It has been announced that disgraced actor Mel Gibson will present an award at Sunday night’s 73rd Golden Globes Awards.


Angela Merkel to address major international conference on fighting antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to address a major international conference against antisemitism, it has been announced.

The conference will be co-hosted by the German government in Berlin in March.

Mrs Merkel’s intention to speak about Jew hatred was unveiled by Bundestag vice-president Petra Pau during a visit to London this week.