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Stolen Polish gravestones laid to rest

By Nissan Tzur, August 29, 2014

More than 1,000 headstones, taken from the old "Brodno" Jewish cemetery in Warsaw and used to build a pergola and stairs in a local park, are being returned and preserved.


Mumbai's Chabad hub back from dead

By Lawrence Joffe, August 28, 2014

Six years after jihadi terrorists murdered Rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg and his wife at Chabad House in Mumbai, India, the building has sprung back to life.


'As gunmen came in, we hid in the cellar'

By Simon Rocker, August 22, 2014

Decimated by the Nazis and repressed under Stalin, Jews in Ukraine have been rebuilding their communal life over the past two decades since the collapse of Communism.

But now many face an uncertain future as fighting continues in the east of the country between government forces and pro-Russia separatists.


Israeli surgeons treat Yazidi

By Shira Rubin, August 22, 2014

A Yazidi father and son have watched the crisis unfolding in northern Iraq from the recovery room of Wolfson Hospital in Holon, Israel, where the one-year-old received life-saving heart surgery.


Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists rally for Israel

By Lawrence Joffe, August 22, 2014

All over the world, tens of thousands have loudly protested against recent Israeli military actions. In one populous and culturally pivotal corner of India, however, reactions have been significantly different - at least amongst a sizeable, vocal minority.


Child soldiers sign of weakened Hizbollah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2014

Reports that Hizbollah is sending ever-younger fighters to Syria - some as young as 16 - is a further indication that the Lebanese Shia organisation is becoming drastically stretched as it operates on four fronts.

Hizbollah continues to maintain an arsenal of around 60,000 rockets near Israel's northern border while it fights in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.


Turks boycott top writer

By Nathalie Rothschild, August 22, 2014

Turkish-Jewish novelist Mario Levi says he "does not feel safe" in Turkey due "strong antisemitic currents".

Mr Levi's books were recently among the targets of a boycott campaign which called on people not to buy "Jewish products".


Ceasefire extended for 24 hours

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2014

The Gaza ceasefire has been extended for 24 hours so that talks in Cairo can continue.

An Egyptian government statement released late on Monday confirmed the truce will remain in place until midnight on Tuesday to give time for a longer-term deal to be done.


Israel foiled Hamas third intifada plot

By JC Reporter, August 18, 2014

Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, said today that earlier this year it foiled a major attack by Hamas on the Palestinian Authority.

Shin Bet officials told reporters that Hamas had been plotting to topple PA President Mahmoud Abbas and spark a third intifada against Israel.


Erdogan, a wannabe sultan

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Turkish Airlines announced last week that it was cancelling two of its seven daily flights to Ben Gurion Airport.

Despite the fact that commercial ties between the two countries remain strong and Istanbul is an attractive and competitive hub for Israelis, President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's relentless anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric has taken its toll.