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White nationalist who called for deportation of people with ‘semitic blood’ on Trump delegate list

By Josh Jackman, May 11, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign has included on its list of delegates a self-proclaimed white nationalist who attempted to revoke the citizenships of all non-whites, including those with “more than one-eighth of Middle Eastern or Semitic blood.”


Islamist leader starts jail term for inciting racism and violence

May 8, 2016

Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement leader Raed Salah is beginning a nine-month jail sentence, the High Court of Justice having rejected his appeal against conviction on charges of incitement. However, his sentence has been reduced from 11 months to nine months. The case related to a sermon Salah delivered in 2007.


Yom Hashoah, a time to consider double meaning of Nuremberg

By Julie Masis, May 6, 2016

March of the Living, the annual, 3km Holocaust memorial trek in Poland, is a vast human chain that snakes its way along a tarmac path between the Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps.


Grand projects get the green light

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 5, 2016

Two major new Jewish projects - at opposite ends of Europe - were announced last month.

The community of Montenegro made known its plans to build the first synagogue in the country in 500 years.

The shul complex, to be built in Podgorica, the country's capital, will include a meeting centre for the 400-strong community, and be equipped to host Jewish visitors.


Reformists' majority does not look secure

May 5, 2016

Reformist and "moderate" factions secured a working majority in the Iranian parliamentary election run-off last Friday.

Supporters of President Hassan Rouhani won 42 per cent of the 290 seats, not an outright majority but enough to pass his legislative proposals.

The result was seen by many analysts as popular backing for the agreement signed by Mr Rouhani with the US and other world powers


Brit 'makes no difference to sensitivity', say scientists

By David Lazarus, May 5, 2016

Circumcised men can breathe a bit easier.

According to a recent study at Queen's University in Ontario, the brit milah appears to make no difference to penile sensitivity.

It also challenges the widely-held notion that the foreskin is the most sensitive part of the penis.


Herzog sharply criticises British Labour Party

By JC Reporter, May 3, 2016

The head of Israel’s Labour Party, Isaac Herzog, has expressed his outrage at the allegations of antisemitism within its UK counterpart.

In a letter to UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, he said: "As someone whose father served in the British army and risked his life fighting against Hitler and the Nazis, the views expressed by Ken Livingstone... were particularly horrific."


Italian police arrest men 'plotting attack on Israeli embassy in Rome'

By JC Reporter, April 28, 2016

Italian police have arrested four people who had been planning to join Daesh in Syria.

According to local media reports, they may also have been plotting attacks on the Israeli embassy in Rome and the Vatican.


There is only one Hizbollah. Time for the EU to alter its policy

By David Harris, April 28, 2016

Nearly three years ago, the European Union finally overcame its longstanding resistance and addressed the issue of adding Hizbollah to its terrorism list.

The good news is that the 28 member states, prompted by the determination of Bulgaria, which experienced a deadly Hizbollah attack the year before, and Cyprus, which arrested a Hizbollah operative scouting out sites, took action.


Palestinian children act out terror attack in Gaza play

By JC Reporter, April 27, 2016

Young Palestinian children have been filmed performing a play in which they simulate terrorist attacks against Israelis.

The play was staged for a festival in the Gaza Strip this week, and was broadcast on a Hamas television channel dedicated to culture, available in Gaza and the West Bank.