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Israeli court absolves army over Corrie death

By Josh Jackman, February 13, 2015

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled the army was not responsible for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza by a military bulldozer in 2003.

The court upheld the ruling of the lower Haifa District Court three years ago that the Israeli Defence Forces were not liable for the victim while she was in a war zone.


Israel-Jordan-Egypt alliance deepens

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 12, 2015

Two recent media reports of Israeli drones operating over Jordanian and Egyptian territory have not been acknowledged or commented upon — unsurprisingly — by any of the governments involved.

What is surprising, however, is that such reports now barely create a stir in the region.


Islamic State is a virus, says Gulf official

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

A government official from the Gulf has said that Islamic State spreads extremism throughout the region by praying on uneducated preachers and journalists.

In a wide-ranging interview with the JC, the official called IS “the virus of small ideas”, and predicted that the Arab world would be fighting Islamic extremism for at least the next 30 years.


In war-hit Ukraine, an apple is now a luxury

By Paul Anticoni, February 12, 2015

Ukraine feels like a country at war. There is extra security at the airport and military vehicles on the roads. People speak in hushed tones. There is doom and gloom all round — even from the optimists.

The situation is dire. More than a million people have been displaced from their homes, thousands of Jews among them.


‘Rabbi has blood on hands over abuse’

By Dan Goldberg, February 12, 2015

An inquiry into a child sex abuse scandal that engulfed two Australian Chabad institutions in the 1980s and 1990s has been suffused with acrimony and accusations, tragedy and trauma.


Italy president highlights threat of antisemitism

By Rossella Tercatin, February 12, 2015

The new Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, received a warm welcome from the country’s Jewish community after he spoke about the 1982 terror attack outside Rome’s main synagogue in his inaugural speech last Saturday.

Mr Mattarella said: “Our country has already paid, multiple times, the price of hate and intolerance.”


Palestinian-Jewish youth organisation launched in Sweden

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 12, 2015

A Damascus-born Swede plans to launch a Palestinian-Jewish youth organisation in Sweden.


Did parliament speaker say Jews can’t be Swedes?

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 12, 2015

Björn Söder, a deputy speaker of the Swedish parliament and secretary-general of the far-right Sweden Democrat Party, triggered a furore in Sweden recently when he was interpreted as saying that Jews can never be accepted as Swedes.

It landed Söder on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of “Top Ten Worst Global Antisemitic/Anti-Israel incidents” in 2014.


'Nazi' supertanker in U-turn

By Toby Axelrod, February 12, 2015

The son of a convicted Nazi, swayed by public opinion, has decided to remove his father’s name from a huge tanker he owns.

Shipping magnate Edward Hereema, who heads the Swiss-based Allseas Group, last week he had decided that the Pieter Schelte Heerema — the world’s biggest ship — should now be called Pioneering Spirit.


It’s no joke — US king of satire is bowing out

By Naomi Firsht, February 12, 2015

America’s King of satire is stepping down as host of the country’s favourite political comedy programme The Daily Show.

Jon Stewart, who was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, announced this week he would be leaving the Comedy Central show after a 16-year run. At the end of Tuesday’s broadcast, the 52-year-old said: “In my heart I know it is time for someone else.