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Amnesty manager compares Israel to Islamic State

By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2014

A senior Amnesty figure has compared Israel with terrorist group Islamic State.

Kristyan Benedict, Amnesty’s campaigns manager in the UK, tweeted on Wednesday: “Israeli regimes [sic] response to our Gaza report: Amnesty is ‘a propaganda tool for Hamas & other terror groups’ (#JSIL?)”


Car slams into crowd in Jerusalem terror attack

By Rosa Doherty, November 5, 2014

A car has been driven into pedestrians in Jerusalem in what is being described as a terror attack.

At least 14 people were injured and three people more seriously in the attack at Zaks Square in the capital on Wednesday.

The driver of the car was killed by security forces.

According to initial reports, one person is in a serious condition and two others sustained less serious wounds.


Israel slams Amnesty ‘war crimes’ report

By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2014

Israel has rejected claims by Amnesty International that its army committed war crimes in the latest Gaza conflict, alleging that Amnesty “serves as a propaganda tool for Hamas and other terror groups”.


Sinai jihadis near Israel border declare loyalty to Islamic State

By Naomi Firsht, November 4, 2014

A Sinai terror group operating close to Egypt’s border with Israel has sworn allegiance to Islamic State.


Thieves steal Arbeit Macht Frei sign at Dachau

By Josh Jackman, November 3, 2014

Police in Germany are investigating the theft of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from the main gate at Dachau concentration camp.

A section of the wrought-iron sign, measuring 191cm by 94cm, was taken on Sunday night.

Security guards failed to spot the thieves, who had to scale another gate before getting to the sign.


British blamed for botched Palmach raid

By Marc Goldberg, October 31, 2014

British army incompetence was the reason for a botched Second World War raid in which 23 Jewish commandos and a British officer died, according to the former head of an IDF unit responsible for missing soldiers.


Austria restitution verdict 'grotesque'

By Toby Axelrod, October 31, 2014

The attorney for a Viennese Jew sentenced to jail for failing to mention other heirs to property confiscated by the Nazis has requested that the case be reheard.


Palestine vote 'encouraged terrorism'

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

Israel’s intelligence minister has accused British MPs of encouraging terrorism by voting to support Palestinian statehood.

Yuval Steinitz said calling on the government to recognise Palestine had sent “the wrong message” in the wake of the Gaza conflict.


Polish museum ends decades of 'silence'

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 30, 2014

A chasm in Polish history was bridged this week with the opening of a vast museum dedicated to the country's Jewish past.

"When you are a Jew, even if you were not born in Poland, the very name Poland stirs up trembling and longing in your heart," said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in his address.


Romania reflects on its Shoah remembrance

By Petru Clej, October 30, 2014

Romanian Holocaust experts have used the tenth anniversary of the publication of an unprecedented report into the country's role in the Shoah to consider what lessons have been learnt.