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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Abbas looks to France for help at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to cooperate with the French government in its bid to secure UN recognition for a Palestinian state.

The PA has been lobbying the Security Council to vote for its proposal to impose a two-year deadline on establishing a state.

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Lone wolf terror attack rocks Sydney

By Dan Goldberg, December 18, 2014

Australia's Jewish community went into official lockdown this week after a self-styled Iranian cleric held 20 people hostage in a 16-hour siege in Sydney.

A hail of gunfire erupted as counter-terror agents stormed the Lindt café in Martin Place at about 2am on Tuesday following the escape of several hostages from the building.

Two hostages were killed in the firefight, as well as the gunman

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Prize for Chabad abuse exposé

December 18, 2014

The JC's Australian correspondent has won a prestigious journalism prize for a documentary on child sexual abuse inside the Chabad headquarters in Melbourne.

Dan Goldberg produced Code of Silence, which last week won the Walkley Award for Best Documentary in 2014.

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MEPs reject taskforce on antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, December 18, 2014

Campaigners working to combat antisemitism have attacked the European Parliament's decision not to form a special group to tackle Jew-hatred across the continent.

Despite forming groups to deal with issues including wine, fishing and animal conservation, a proposal for a dedicated antisemitism taskforce was rejected by MEPs in Brussels last Thursday.

There are 28 new "intergroups" which cont

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Spain citizenship offer is 'empty gesture'

December 18, 2014

Spain's decision to offer passports to descendants of Jews expelled under the Inquisition has been attacked as gesture politics after it emerged that those seeking naturalisation would have to clear a series of hurdles before being granted citizenship.

Revisions to legislation during a congressional committee last month mean that applicants would be tested in Spain by a government-approved nota

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