World news

Woman pushes knife attacker out of her house

By Nathan Jeffay, December 21, 2015

Three Israelis are recovering after a terrorist went on a stabbing rampage in Ra'anana, just north of Tel Aviv, last Shabbat.

The attack has shaken Ra'anana, an affluent city that is very popular with Western immigrants to Israel, including Britons. But it was nearly much worse.


Hungary drops plan for statue to honour Second World War politician

By Naomi Firsht, December 20, 2015

Plans to erect a statue of a former Hungarian minister who drafted antisemitic legislation during the Holocaust have been cancelled after protests.


Palestinians ‘prefer terror and Hamas over talks’

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for what he described as "justified popular unrest" among young Palestinians in a speech this week.

It appeared that Mr Abbas was reflecting public opinion. A survey published this week by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research suggested that 67 per cent of Palestinians supported the ongoing wave of terror.


Fourteen members of Paris synagogue poisoned

By Rosa Doherty, December 17, 2015

Fourteen Parisian worshippers were poisoned on Monday after their synagogue’s electronic lock was daubed with poison.

Members of the Jewish community of Bonneuil-sur-Marne, in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris, called emergency services to report a sudden strong burning sensation in their eyes and itchy rashes on their skin.


Alert at Jewish girls’ school in Zurich

By Chere Tricot, December 17, 2015

Police in Zurich were dispatched to an Orthodox Jewish girls’ school this morning after a suspicious man was spotted nearby.

According to reports, a car was seen repeatedly driving past the school yesterday evening.

The area was put on high alert, and officers blocked the streets in the surrounding area.

Police said there was no indication of criminal activity, however.


Plot to bomb Israeli Embassy in Berlin

By JC Reporter, December 16, 2015

Two German Muslims have been accused of planning to bomb on the Israeli Embassy in Berlin.

The men, both aged 21 and thought to be Palestinian, were arrested in June while trying to build an explosive device with firerackers, and brought before a German court on Wednesday.


UK-Israel parliamentary group launched

By Naomi Firsht, December 15, 2015

The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset said a new UK-Israel parliamentary group would build on the “historic connection” between the two countries at the launch on Tuesday.

The group, headed by Deputy Knesset Speaker Hilik Bar and MK Yoav Kisch, aims to build ties between members of parliament in the two countries and will focus on co-operation in trade, science, education and technology.


'I’m looking for the people who helped me,' says Shoah survivor at Yad Vashem

By Rosa Doherty, December 15, 2015

They stood out like a sore thumb.Most of the foreign visitors pulling up in coaches in the car park at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, were either schoolchildren or tourists.

But this group was different - it included five survivors and refugees from London, with first-hand experience of the history recorded inside the white building carved into Mount Herzl, on the edge of Jerusalem.


New Argentinian government in major shift on Iran and Amia terror

By Jonathan Gilbert, December 15, 2015

Argentina’s new government was set this week to quash a pact with Iran under which the countries had agreed to jointly investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.


Violinist Itzhak Perlman awarded the ‘Jewish Nobel’

By JC Reporter, December 14, 2015

Itzhak Perlman has been awarded this year's "Jewish Nobel".

The Israeli-American violinist has been awarded the $1million Genesis Prize for his accomplishments as a musician, teacher and advocate for the disabled, it was announced on Monday.