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'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.


'BDS gang' in hate attack

By JCReporter, May 7, 2015

Two Jewish residents of Paris were assaulted on the street by a gang of about 40 people last Friday.

The gang was identified as members of Gaza Firm, a pro-Palestinian group involved in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, according to JSSNews, which first reported the attack.

The attack took place on the Boulevard Voltaire in Paris's 11th arrondissement, the site of the 2006 kidn


AMIA victims to get cash

By Adam Feinstein, May 7, 2015

Argentina is to compensate the relatives of those killed and wounded in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.

A law passed last week stipulated a one-off benefit for victims' relatives.

The handout is likely to resemble that awarded to victims of Argentina's military dictatorship, whereby 11,000 people received up to $200,000 each.

Since 2006, Argentinian courts have


Israel cultivates integration of Arab teachers

By Shira Rubin, May 7, 2015

Respect for "the other" is part and parcel of respecting oneself, said Sarah Silberstrom, a representative from the Ministry of Education at a recent conference aimed at addressing the dilemmas facing Arab teachers working in Israeli schools.

"But what about Yom HaNakba," interrupted an audience member, Lubna Hadija, referring to the day on which Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - "catastroph


Composer and pianist wife die in house fire

May 7, 2015

British-born composer Ronald Senator and his wife, Miriam Brickman, were killed in a fire at their home in Yonkers, New York, last week. Mr Senator, 89, was best known for his piece Holocaust Requiem – Kaddish for the Children of Terezin, which was inspired by poems by writers Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan. Ms Brickman, 81, was an accomplished concert pianist.


Veterans attack IDF policy in Gaza war

May 7, 2015

Israeli war veterans group Breaking the Silence has released a report in which IDF soldiers and officers who fought in Gaza last summer question the legality of the army's actions during the operation.


IDF hospital giving hope to Nepal

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

Israel's field hospital in Nepal has now treated almost 1,000 patients and is acquiring a reputation as the best place for the injured to come for care.

"Because of the good care that Israelis are giving, injured people from my village want to transfer here," said 18-year-old Dawa Bohola, sitting in the orthopaedics tent with his injured foot in a treatment bath.

He was painting outdoors at


Jean-marie le pen disowns daughter

By JCReporter, May 7, 2015

The founder of the French National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, said this week he was "ashamed" that his daughter - current party leader Marine - still bears his surname. His remarks came following the far-right party's suspension of Mr Le Pen, 86, after he repeated his view that the Shoah was "a detail of history". Mr Le Pen said he would not back Ms Le Pen in the 2017 presidential elections.


Israel and hamas in ceasefire talks

By JCReporter, May 7, 2015

Four the past four months, indirect talks have been taking place between Israel and Hamas. The negotiations, which have been conducted through a variety of intermediaries, including Qatar, the UN and Europe, have focused on securing a long-term ceasefire.


Shoah survivor's son taking on Hillary Clinton

By Robert Philpot, May 7, 2015

Spoiler alert: Bernie Sanders, who last week became Hillary Clinton's first declared challenger, will not beat her to next year's Democrat presidential nomination.

But that does not make his quixotic campaign any less interesting: Mr Sanders is the first Jew to run for president since Senator Joe Lieberman's ill-fated bid in 2004.