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Israeli champions to face Celtic in crucial Champions League playoff

By Josh Jackman, August 5, 2016

Israeli league winners Hapoel Beersheva will play Scottish Premiership winners Celtic for a place in the Champions League group stage.

The Israeli team, which picked up its first championship trophy for 40 years last season, will travel to Glasgow on August 16 or 17 for the first of two matches.


Hitler ‘comedy’ to be Germany’s Oscars entry

By JC Reporter, August 5, 2016

A mock documentary about Adolf Hitler has been shortlisted to represent Germany at the Oscars next year.

The comedy 'Look Who’s Back' depicts Hitler waking up in modern-day Berlin, becoming a reality TV star and secretly continuing his attempt at world domination.


Meet the President of Peru - or Zayde, if you prefer

August 4, 2016

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was sworn in as head of state in Lima last week, is not your typical Peruvian president.

For a start, he is Jewish.

But that's not all. Because PPK - as he is known to everyone in Peru - was raised in the jungle.


Manager at charity World Vision accused of channelling millions to Hamas military

By JC Reporter, August 4, 2016

Israeli security services have arrested a senior member of international charity World Vision on suspicion of helping fund Hamas, it emerged on Thursday.

The Shin Bet said it detained Mohammed Halabi, a manager at World Vision in Gaza, in June.

The Israeli domestic security agency said that Halabi transferred up to $50 million to Hamas over the years, which it used to purchase weapons.


SodaStream boss attacks Netanyahu

August 4, 2016

The head of Israeli soft drinks firm SodaStream has accused Benjamin Netanyahu of cultivating the conflict with the Palestinians. CEO Daniel Birnbaum told the Times of Israel that Mr Netanyahu had prevented Palestinians from securing Israeli work permits after his factory moved from the West Bank to the Negev, adding that the PM then blamed the boycott movement for their job losses.


EU vote sparks Portuguese passports rush

By Josh Jackman, August 4, 2016

There has been a surge in the number of British Jews applying for Portuguese citizenship following the vote to leave the European Union.

Around 300 Jews have submitted applications in the six weeks since the referendum result, compared to five in the whole of last year.


Amid contesting peace plans, all eyes are on US

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2016

As the Obama administration enters its last six months, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that a diplomatic initiative between Israel and the Palestinians will get under way before a new presidency begins.


Hizbollah rattled by Israel-Saudi meeting

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2016

The intensifying ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia have become a major source of worry for the Iranian axis in the Middle East.

Hizbollah Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, devoted a large part of his televised address last weekend to criticising what he called the "disaster which allows the Saudis to make peace with Israel".