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Myanmar's last synagogue comes in from the cold

By Andrew Whitehead, September 23, 2014

On a back street in downtown Yangon, nestling among Muslim-run stalls selling rope and paint for the city's fishing fleet, lies Myanmar's only synagogue.


Israeli army kills two suspects in teen kidnapping

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Israeli soldiers have killed two of the men suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June.

An IDF spokesman said Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha were killed in a shoot-out when Israeli troops surrounded a building in the West Bank city of Hebron where they were hiding.


Portugal is now heart of a Sephardic revival

By John Krich, September 19, 2014

What do you do when you are the director of tourism in a region so remote that people visit only to see snow, and at that only once a year? You turn Jewish, that's what.


Praise for Merkel's 'moral voice' on hate

By Oliver Bradley, September 18, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal, powerful broadside against antisemitism at a rally in Berlin on Sunday garnered praise from all corners of the Jewish world.


Auschwitz guard charged with 300,000 murders

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.


Expelled Guatemala group is 'extremist sect'

By Adam Feinstein, September 18, 2014

The 230 Jews who were forced to leave the remote Guatemalan village of San Juan la Laguna for the capital, Guatemala City, earlier this month were members of the Charedi sect Lev Tahor, which has allegedly engaged in human trafficking and harboured sex abusers, according to search warrants issued by authorities in Quebec.


Jewish Museum in Brussels reopens - but few feel safe

By Shirli Sitbon, September 18, 2014

Around 300 people attended the emotional reopening of the Brussels Jewish Museum on Sunday, four months after a gunman shot dead two Israeli tourists and two members of staff inside the building.

Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo told those present that Belgium had redoubled its fight against terrorism since the attack.


'Key French jihadi recruiter' arrested

By Michel Gurfinkiel, September 18, 2014

A 30-year-old jihadi described by the French Interior Ministry as "very dangerous" was arrested on his arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris last week.

Mourad Fares had been extradited from Turkey, where he had been arrested a month earlier at the request of French authorities.


Jobbik fields Jew for mayor

By Valentina Jovanovski, September 18, 2014

Hungary's Jewish leaders have hit out at a decision by antisemitic party Jobbik to field a local election candidate with Jewish ancestry.

Péter Jakab announced his candidacy for mayor of the north-eastern town of Miskolc in late May, while also revealing that his mother's family was Jewish. He added that he was not practising.


Merkel's speech against antisemitism

September 17, 2014

The fact that today there are again more than 100,000 Jews living in Germany is nothing short of a miracle. It’s a precious gift which fills me with profound gratitude.

That people in Germany today are being verbally abused, threatened and attacked when it somehow becomes apparent that they are Jewish or when they express their support for the State of Israel, is outrageous.