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Ukrainian PM tells rabbi: we will protect you

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

Ukraine’s acting prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has assured the Jewish community that the new government will do more to protect them.

A recent spate of antisemitic attacks has been blamed on both an upsurge of nationalism following last month’s Maidan revolution and an attempt by pro-Russian elements to create “provocations”.

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Israel Air Force pilot says Malaysia jet did not malfunction

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

“Whoever did what was done there, he certainly knew what he was doing,” said Eran Ramot, head of aviation research at the Fisher Institute for air and space strategic studies in Israel.

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Heidegger notebooks reveal antisemitism at core of his thinking

By Toby Axelrod, March 20, 2014

His membership of the Nazi party was no secret. But now, the renowned German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) has been unveiled as indisputably antisemitic with the publication of his “black notebooks”.

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Leaders have only days to save the peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

The peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are on the brink of collapse.

Despite US President Barack Obama’s meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas this week, there is still virtually no clause in the current framework agreement — the core principles for negotiations — that both sides agree on.

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Israel attacks Syrian bases following Golan Heights bomb

By Charlotte Oliver, March 19, 2014

Israel launched a series of attacks on Syrian military sites early on Wednesday morning in response to a roadside bomb that exploded the previous day in the Golan Heights, the IDF has confirmed.

Following the bombing on Tuesday, which wounded four Israeli soldiers, an IDF spokesperson said: “We will fulfil our mission to prevent, protect and defend against hostilities from Syria.”

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German police arrest former Nazi medic

By Charlotte Oliver, March 18, 2014

A former Nazi medic who allegedly assisted in the mass murder of thousands of prisoners at Auschwitz has been arrested and is now awaiting trial.

German police apprehended the 93-year-old at his home near Neubrandenburg, north of Berlin, after receiving information on his whereabouts from the German office specialising in Nazi war crimes.

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Bomb blast injures IDF troops near Syria border

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

Four Israeli soldiers have been wounded by a roadside bomb that exploded under their vehicle in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria.

Three of the wounded soldiers are said to have sustained light to moderate injuries while the fourth is in a serious condition.

Israeli forces responded with artillery fire and confirmed that several targets were successfully hit.

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Obama calls on Abbas to take risks for peace

By Daniel Easterman, March 18, 2014

US President Barack Obama met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House yesterday, telling him he must take much greater political risks in order to break the deadlock surrounding the latest round of peace talks.

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Israel increases airspace security following Malaysia Airline flight disappearance

By Charlotte Oliver, March 17, 2014

Israel has increased security measures for all flights entering its airspace, following reports that missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was hijacked.

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Ukrainian rabbi stabbed in antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A senior Ukrainian rabbi has been stabbed in what appears to be an antisemitic attack in Kiev.

Rabbi Hillel Cohen was knifed in his legs and back as two unidentified attackers called him a “Zyhd” (Jew).

Rabbi Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine, an emergency services organisation, was treated in Kiev hospital and is now recovering at home.

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