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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.


High-tech helps us all click, say Israel’s Arabs

By Nathan Jeffay, December 23, 2014

Meet Amal Ayoub, the Arab woman who is developing a way to make cancer treatment more effective — and still finds time to raise two children and improve Jewish-Arab relations.


America looking to push back UN vote on Palestine

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

The United States is trying to postpone a vote at the UN Security Council on a Palestinian resolution to set a deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state until after the Israeli elections in March.


The question for 2015: will Bibi survive?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

This is already shaping up to be one of the most acrimonious of all Israeli election campaigns.

Likud and Habayit Hayehudi this week accused former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni of interfering with Israel’s diplomatic affairs in order to further her own political interests.


Lawyer who got Islamic State and the FBI chatting

By David Lazarus, December 23, 2014

New York lawyer Stanley L Cohen has spent much of his career representing terror suspects — including Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law — and has been labelled a “traitor” and an “enemy of Jews, Israel and America”.


ANALYSIS: Why the EU vote was not worth the hysteria

By Dermot Kehoe, December 18, 2014

The Palestinian Authority and pro-Palestinian activists would like us to believe that their campaign to have Palestine recognised as a state without an agreement with Israel is roaring into life, with resolutions passed in several European parliaments. But a closer look at the motion passed in the EU parliament this week tells a different story.


Gross freed in double miracle for Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 18, 2014

Jewish American citizen Alan Gross was freed by Cuba this week in what was seen as the first step in a thawing of relations between the former Cold War enemies.

Mr Gross, 65, was released from his five-year ordeal after the US agreed to free three Cubans who had been jailed in Florida for spying.


Fury as EU court removes Hamas from terror list

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

The "technical" decision of the European Union's General Court to remove Hamas from the EU's list of terror organisations has drawn an indignant response from Israeli leaders, despite senior EU officials insisting the step is temporary.

The court accepted the argument of lawyers representing Hamas that an organisation can only be listed as a terror group on the basis of official EU sources and