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'Daesh planning attack on Jewish children in Turkey'

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Daesh terrorists are believed to be targeting Jewish children in Turkey, with an attack expected in the next few days.

According to Sky News, Turkish authorities have obtained intelligence that an incident is “imminent”, with the most likely target a school and community centre at a synagogue in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul.

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Israel sends the ambassador Brazil didn't want to New York

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Israel appears to have backed down over its plans to appoint a former settler leader as its ambassador to Brazil.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the nomination of Dani Dayan last August, prompting protests from the Brazilian government who objected to his past role as chairman of the Yesha committee representing Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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Esther Herlitz, Israel's first female ambassador, dies aged 94

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2016

Israel’s first female ambassador Esther Herlitz has died at the age of 94.

Born in 1921, Ms Herlitz joined the Jewish Agency’s diplomatic corps in 1946, before serving at Israel’s consul in New York in the 1950s.

She was among the team of officials who negotiated compensation for Holocaust survivors from Germany.

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Microsoft deletes racist and antisemitic tweets from new Twitter bot ‘Tay’

By Josh Jackman, March 24, 2016

Microsoft has silenced its Twitter bot after it denied that the Holocaust happened, said it supported genocide and told followers that “Jews did 9/11”.

Yesterday, the multi-billion pound company launched “Tay,” an experimental social media bot aimed at young people, which learns how to talk through conversations with other Twitter users.

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Yemeni authorities jail Jewish man over airlifted Torah

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2016

A Jewish man has been jailed in Yemen after being accused of helping smuggle an 800-year-old Torah scroll out of the country into Israel this week.

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Woman filmed ripping up Israel flag at memorial to Brussels terror victims

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2016

A woman was filmed ripping apart an Israeli flag at a memorial event in Brussels yesterday.

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Peers join campaign to block anti-Israel academic from UN appointment

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2016

British peers have called on the government to challenge the nomination of an anti-Israel activist to the United Nations.

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FBI ‘working with Israeli forensics firm’ to crack San Bernardino iPhone

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

An Israeli company is reportedly helping the FBI to hack the phone of a terrorist who carried out a mass shooting in California last year.

Terrorist couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 and injured 22 in the attack on a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party in December.

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We won't leave - that's what the terrorists want

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

Members of Brussels' Jewish community, which has lived under police protection since it was the target of a terror attack in 2014, have spoken of their fear and defiance in the wake of the atrocities in the city on Tuesday.

Yossi Lempkowicz, a senior media adviser for the Europe Israel Press Association, said: "It's a situation I've never seen in Brussels, a crazy situation.

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Hamas in overtures to Egypt

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 23, 2016

Hamas appears to be trying to rebuild its ties with Egypt. Following meetings between senior leaders of the Gaza terror group and Egyptian officials last week, Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk said they had "opened a new page and dialogue among friends". The Egyptian media reported, however, that the meetings had failed.

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