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Molotov attack leaves girl with horror burns

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

An 11-year-old Israeli girl suffered third-degree burns last Thursday when the car she was travelling in near the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Shomron was firebombed.

Ayala Shapira, whose family escaped serious injury, was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition.


Lieberman graft probe may redraw Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

With every day bringing new revelations in an alleged embezzlement scandal engulfing dozens of public officials, including senior Yisrael Beiteinu politicians, two questions are paramount.

First, did the party leader, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, know anything? Second, how will this affect the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections?


Luise Rainer dies aged 104

By JC Reporter, December 30, 2014

Jewish actress Luise Rainer has died aged 104.

Rainer was a star of cinema's golden era and won back-to-back Oscars.

The German-born star was named best actress in 1936 and 1937 - a feat achieved by only five actors in Academy Awards history to date.


Palestinians postpone UN statehood bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has delayed the planned vote on its United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.


Far-right parties gather in new pan-European alliance

By Rossella Tercatin, December 23, 2014

A group of Europe’s most extreme far-right parties gathered in Milan on Saturday in their first meeting as part of the newly launched “Alliance for Peace and Freedom”.

About 300 people attended the meeting, among them representatives of Italy’s Forza Nuova, Greece’s Golden Dawn, the British National Party, Spain’s Democracia Nacional and the German National Democratic Party.


Iran reprises military deal with Hamas

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

Iran’s military ties with Hamas, cut off temporarily in the wake of the Syrian civil war, have been resumed.
Iranian arms shipments to Hamas were in evidence two weeks ago when the terrorist movement exhibited Iran-built Ababil drones in a parade in Gaza.

These drones have been seen in the possession of Hizbollah and have been used against rebels by the Assad regime in Syria.


Delight among Cuba's Jews over release of Alan Gross

By Adam Feinstein, December 23, 2014

Cuba's 1,500-member Jewish community is celebrating the release of the American aid worker Alan Gross on December 17 and has welcomed the potential thaw in US-Cuba relations that his exit from jail appears to have kick-started.

Mr Gross, 65, had been in a Cuban jail since being arrested in 2009 and imprisoned for 15 years for committing “acts against the integrity of the state”.


Geneva Convention: another global forum for Israel-bashing

By Hillel Neuer, December 23, 2014

After the Holocaust, the world met in Geneva to affirm the laws of war. And last week, for only the third time in history, the UK, France, Germany and another 123 signatory states to the Fourth Geneva Convention assembled to call out a perpetrator.

And for the third time, the one they condemned was Israel.


Islamic State spotted on Israel-Syria border

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

V The presence of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Israel’s northern border has been growing in recent weeks, as three groups of Syrian rebels, operating in the south of the country and on the Golan Heights have declared their allegiance to ISIS.


Portugal releases citizenship guide

By Richard Zimler, December 23, 2014

The Portuguese government has announced that descendants of Jews who managed to escape from the country following their forced conversion to Christianity in 1497 may now apply for citizenship.

Candidates must demonstrate either a link to an organised Sephardic Portuguese community or an emotional connection to Portugal through family history or language.