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Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish leaders condemn Orlando mass-shooting

By Sandy Rashty, June 14, 2016

Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the terror attack at a lesbian and gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured in the early hours of Sunday morning.


Deep in Madagascar, converts arise from a cold river mikveh

By Debbie Josefson, June 13, 2016

June 3 marked the 76th anniversary of the Madagascar Plan. Conceived as an alternative means to achieving the Final Solution, the plan called for the mass-deportation of European Jewry to Vichy-controlled Madagascar, where those who did not die en route would be exterminated far from the prying eyes of the international community.


Oldest shul in US owned by congregation, says judge

By David Lazarus, June 12, 2016

A four-year legal battle over who owns America's oldest shul - the Touro - ended last month when a federal court ruled that the congregation currently using it was the rightful proprietor.


Thousands pay tribute to four killed in terror attack

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

Well-wishers gathered in defiance at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market today to eat, sing and shop after a night of terror.

US youth group Ohr Torah Stone led a chant of Am Yisrael Chai as visitors laid flowers and Israeli flags as tributes to the four Israelis killed by the shootings last night in the centre of the city.


Journalist who flagged up hate trend quits Twitter

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

The Jewish journalist who shed a light on the tactic used by far-right activists to identify Jews on Twitter so they can be attacked has quit the social media platform over its handling of antisemitic abuse.


In Russia, with love

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a series of security and commerce-related agreements with Russia during a visit to Moscow this week.

The visit commemorated 25 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries and was a sign of the improving ties between their leaders.


Backlash against online hate

By Dan Friedman, June 9, 2016

Jews on Twitter and Facebook have started putting triple parentheses around their names - as above - as a way of hitting back at antisemitic internet trolls.

Called "echoes" by the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who invented them, these parentheses are named after the echo sound effect used to mark out Jewish names in the right-wing hate podcast "The Daily Shoah".


Time to end Arab brainwashing: 'I will take Iraqi tribal leaders to see the real Israel'

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2016

Hamid Al-Sharifi has a plan to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Arab world.


Terrorists 'dressed as Orthodox Jews' in Tel Aviv shooting rampage

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

At least four people have been killed and four others wounded in two shootings in Tel Aviv.

The attacks took place on Wednesday evening in Sarona Market and on Ha’arba’a Street, in the centre of the city. One of those wounded was in a critical condition.


German auctioneer to hold biggest ever sale of Third Reich memorabilia

By Lianne Kolirin, June 8, 2016

A German auctioneer has defended his decision to hold the biggest ever sale of Third Reich memorabilia.

Among the items to go on sale later this month are Hitler’s socks and ties, Goering’s underpants and a length of rope that was used to hang a Nazi convicted at Nuremberg.