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Zubin Mehta: ‘Israel has lost Europe. Now it is losing America’

By Amit Slonim - translated by Shira Rubin, April 16, 2015

They stand on ladders, sweating. A group of young artists, armed with brushes and paints, are refurbishing the mural on the western side of the Haychal Hatarbut - the culture hall - in Tel Aviv.


Jews around world suffered ‘explosion of hatred’ in 2014

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

There was a substantial increase in attacks on Jews worldwide last year, Israeli researchers have found.

“An explosion of hatred” had been felt by Jewish communities, with the rise attributed partly to the response to last summer’s Gaza conflict.


Kim Kardashian Israel visit hides an ugly battle over Armenian antisemitism

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2015

On Monday morning, US mega-celebrity Kim Kardashian together
with her husband Kanye West and their daughter, North,


Oy-vey! The Kimye show sweeps into Israel

By Naomi Firsht, April 13, 2015

Celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – otherwise known as Kimye - turned heads today when they dropped into Jerusalem as part of their “dream holiday”.

The reality TV star and her hip-hop titan husband flew to Israel from Armenia with their 22-month-old daughter, North West.

They plan to visit the Western Wall and other holy sites in the country’s capital.


Islamists planned to blow up synagogue in Barcelona

By Naomi Firsht, April 13, 2015

A group of jihadists has been arrested in Barcelona for plotting to bomb a Jewish bookstore.

The seven suspected members of an Islamist terror cell were also planning to target synagogues and public buildings in the Catalonia region of northern Spain.


Obama’s keenness for a foreign policy success will be key to a final Iran deal

By Tim Marshall, April 9, 2015

At the beginning of the 1970s TV Western series Alias Smith and Jones, the outlaws Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry are offered an amnesty if they stay out of trouble for a while. In the meantime, however, they'll still be wanted men. Heyes asks: "That's a good deal?"


Marine Le Pen attacks father over antisemitic remarks

By Orlando Radice, April 9, 2015

The leader of France’s National Front, Marine Le Pen, has disowned her father, Jean-Marie, after he gave interviews in which he minimised the Holocaust and defended Nazi collaborator Marshal Petain.

Ms Le Pen released a statement saying: “Jean-Marie Le Pen seems to be in a total spiral of a strategy somewhere between scorched earth and political suicide.”


Israel tests missile defence system to fend off Hizbollah

By Azriel Bermant, April 8, 2015

Amid the great publicity over the nuclear talks, Israel carried out a successful test of its David Sling missile defence system. Hours before the test, IDF top brass had warned of Hizbollah's ability to fire up to 1,500 missiles a day at Israel.


Iran agreement: Tehran gives the V-sign

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, April 8, 2015

If it is implemented, the preliminary framework for a deal over Iran's nuclear programme, agreed on last week in Lausanne, will be a great victory for the Islamic Republic and its aspirations.

The deal falls short of all the red lines that Western governments proclaimed over the years as the non-negotiable minimum required to interdict Iran's multiple paths to a nuclear bomb.


Man trampled at rabbi’s vast funeral

By Nathan Jeffay, April 8, 2015

Israel's strictly-Orthodox community is mourning the death of one of its most revered rabbis, Shmuel Halevi Wosner.

Tens of thousands of people attended his funeral on Sunday, and one man was trampled to death in the crowd.

Rabbi Wosner was a strong voice on many of the community's key fights.