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Obama picks rabbi as faith ambassador

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

American President Barack Obama has turned to one of the world's leading Reform rabbis to be his advocate for religious freedom across the world.

Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Centre, the American Reform movement's social action and justice arm, was nominated this week as an ambassador-at-large.

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Hungarian 'raging antisemite' envoy quits after days on job

By Valentina Jovanovski, July 31, 2014

The man nominated to be Hungary's ambassador to Italy, who has expressed strongly antisemitic views and written for a far-right publication, has left his job under two weeks after the news of his appointment went public.

Péter Szentmihályi Szabó notified the Foreign Ministry that he did not want the position following heavy criticism from opposition parties and Jewish groups.

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Why global governments have not turned on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2014

Israeli diplomats and government officials have expressed surprise that the global media coverage of the secenes of devastation in Gaza have not sparked a diplomatic backlash and pressure on Israel to immediately end its ground operation in Gaza.

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Ten Israeli soldiers killed as Haniyeh’s house hit

By Rosa Doherty, July 29, 2014

Ten IDF soldiers were killed last night in Israel’s ongoing operation to eradicate Hamas’s terror infrastructure.

Four were hit by a mortar fired from Gaza and a further five were killed in a firefight with Hamas militants who emerged from a tunnel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. The tenth died in a clash in southern Gaza.

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Yossi Benayoun brands Joey Barton ‘stupid’ over Gaza tweet

By JC Reporter, July 25, 2014

Israeli international footballer Yossi Benayoun has called former teammate Joey Barton ‘stupid’ and ‘embarrassing’ over comments on the Gaza conflict.

Tweeting after a UN-run school was hit by an Israeli shell, Barton said: “This is not war. These are not combatants. They are just innocent children. This is ethnic cleansing”.

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Bulgaria bomber identified

By Nissan Tzur, July 25, 2014

Bulgarian authorities have announced that they have identified the suicide bomber responsible for the murder of five Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, on July 18, 2012.

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Protests as Hungarian war memorial unveiled

By Valentina Jovanovski, July 25, 2014

A monument that opponents say minimises Hungary's responsibility for the Holocaust was completed in the early hours of Sunday morning, despite months of protests from the Jewish community.

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War crimes suspect dies in US

July 25, 2014

An 89-year-old suspected Nazi war criminal who was due to be extradited to stand trial in Germany has died.

Johann Breyer passed away on Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, according to his lawyer Dennis Boyle said Wednesday.

Magistrate Timothy Rice had approved the extradition request only hours before.

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Dismay as Iran nuclear talks unresolved

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2014

Israeli officials are sceptical that an extended deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear programme will block its attempts to achieve a nuclear weapon.

Talks between Iran and the P5+1 world powers group broke up last Friday in Vienna having failed to reach an agreement. The deadline has been put back by four months.

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Fifteen dead in Gaza school attack

By JC Reporter, July 24, 2014

The Israel Defence Force says it is investigating an attack on a United Nations school in the northern Gaza Strip which was being used as a shelter by civilians to escape the fighting.

Initial reports say that at least 15 people were killed when an Israeli tank shell hit the school in Beit Hanoun.

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