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Murderer to sue prison service after kosher meals argument

By Rosa Doherty, July 26, 2016

A prisoner on death row in Kentucky has launched a legal case claiming he has been denied access to kosher meals while in jail.

William Harry Meece, a convicted murderer, was removed from the prison's kosher programme after he ate an unlabelled rotisserie chicken.


Al Qaeda group urges attacks on Israeli Olympic athletes at Rio

By Daniel Sugarman, July 22, 2016

Jihadists have reportedly been using social media to encourage lone wolf-style attacks on Israelis at the Rio Olympics.

According to material obtained by the Foreign Desk news website, social media messages from a group backing Al Qaeda urge would-be jihadists to attack athletes from a number of Western countries, including France and the UK.


Nice community reels from terror hit

By Shirli Sitbon, July 21, 2016

Nice's Jewish community was in shock this week after Thursday's terrorist attack left one of its members dead and 10 seriously injured.

France-born Muslim Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, of Tunisian origin, drove a truck into the crowds celebrating Bastille Day along the city's promenade, killing 84 people and injuring more than 300 before being shot dead.


Trump right hand man is fan of Israel

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

The Republican candidate for vice-president has a long history of supporting Israel.

Donald Trump chose Indiana governor Mike Pence to be his running mate ahead of the Republican National Convention on Monday.

Under Mr Pence's leadership, Indiana passed a law that required the state to actively avoid doing any business with companies which boycott, divest from or sanction Israel.

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Israel treads carefully as Turkey teeters

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

The failed coup in Turkey against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday night caught the Israeli leadership by surprise. For hours, while the drama unfolded in Ankara and Istanbul, Jerusalem remained silent, awaiting developments.

All Israeli officials and diplomats were issued clear instructions not to make any comments.


Iran clause revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

The existence of an appendix to the Iran nuclear deal, detailing how the Islamic Republic will be allowed to upgrade its uranium-enrichment programme in the future, was revealed this week.

According to a section of the deal published for the first time this week, from 2027, Iran will be allowed to replace its existing centrifuges - two-thirds of which it disconnected as part of the agreement -


BDS kills Spain-Tel Aviv flight

By Jessica Weinstein, July 21, 2016

The Spanish region of Galicia lost out on a direct flight to Israel with El Al as a result of its boycott of Israel. The plan - to open a service from Santiago de Compostella to Tel Aviv - failed after the city passed a BDS motion, filed in November.


'Exhume Polish Jewish graves'

By Jessica Weinstein, July 21, 2016

A Polish mayor has called for the exhumation of a Jewish mass-grave to help determine whether Polish locals or German soldiers perpetrated the Jedwabne massacre 75 years ago. Mayor Michael Chajewski said: "It's not all that clear."


Argentina’s president marks Amia bombing

By Jessica Weinstein, July 19, 2016

Monday marked 22 years since the bombing of the Amia Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri and senior members of his cabinet attended the memorial ceremony, whose motto this year was “memory unites us”.


The 'godfather of punk' dies at 78

By Daniel Sugarman, July 19, 2016

Alan Vega, one half of punk duo Suicide, has died at the age of 78.

You might not have heard of the American duo but Suicide’s creation of synthesiser rock has been credited as an inspiration to a number of the world’s most famous bands and music groups, including Radiohead, Pet Shop Boys and REM.