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It’s older than the US itself — New York’s go-to shul

By Zaki Cooper, December 30, 2015

Of the many beautiful shuls around the world, there are not many that house communities older than the countries they are in.


Israel creates crack anti-jihad brigade

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2015

On Sunday, the IDF inaugurated a new special forces formation, the Oz ("valour") Brigade, to take on jihadi groups deep inside enemy territory.

The brigade amalgamates four elite units specialising in operations in difficult terrain, previously under separate commands.


Investigation into Jewish extremist attack stalls

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2015

The probe into the murder of three members of the Dawabshe family in the Palestinian village of Douma four months ago is failing to deliver indictments against the suspects currently held for the arson attack.


US has caved in to Russia over Assad and Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2015

The closing weeks of 2015 have seen the first signs of a potential power-shift over the Syrian war.


In muddy French refugee camp, Torah ethics live

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, December 30, 2015

"Compulsory tea break". The call goes around the huge warehouse five minutes' drive from the refugee camp universally known as "The Jungle" outside Calais. During the pause, a woman in a beret eyes my kippah: "Are you here over Shabbat?"

People wheel in loads of donated clothing.


Daesh chief pledges to attack Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2015

For the first time, Daesh is threatening to launch attacks on Israel.

In a speech published last weekend, the Islamic State's "Caliph", Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is purported to have said: "The Jews thought we forgot about Palestine and they deflected our attention from it. Not at all. With Allah's help we will not forget it.


Israel's head of missile defence sacked over security breach

By JC Reporter, December 28, 2015

Yair Ramati, the head of Israel's missile defence programmes, has been sacked for a "grave breach of information security", according to the country's defence ministry.

He had committed “severe information security violations,” and "relevant authorities" were investigating, the ministry said.


In hospital, terrorists are equal

By Naomi Firsht, December 26, 2015

When a terrorist arrives in an Israeli hospital after being injured in an attack, he is treated like any other patient.

This means that if the perpetrator's wounds are worse than those of the victims, he will be seen to first, according to Dr Ofer Merin, head of the trauma unit at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Centre - on the front line of the ongoing wave of Palestinian terror attacks.


Proposal to teach pupils Mein Kampf

By Toby Axelrod, December 26, 2015

Jewish leaders in Germany remain divided on whether or not to endorse the educational use of a new, annotated edition of Hitler's Mein Kampf due out in January.


Israel settles an old score with Hizbollah child-killer

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 22, 2015

Israel has had a score to settle with Samir Kuntar since 1979.

In April of that year, the Lebanese-Druze member of the Palestinian Liberation Front, then only 16, led a terror attack on the northern town of Nahariya.