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Ukrainian rabbi stabbed in antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A senior Ukrainian rabbi has been stabbed in what appears to be an antisemitic attack in Kiev.

Rabbi Hillel Cohen was knifed in his legs and back as two unidentified attackers called him a “Zyhd” (Jew).

Rabbi Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine, an emergency services organisation, was treated in Kiev hospital and is now recovering at home.

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Vilnius, March 11: my date with raw hate

By Efraim Zuroff, March 14, 2014

March 11 is the day Lithuanian independence was restored in 1990, with the Soviet Union on the brink of collapse.

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Terror victim: 'I watched them hack my friend to death’

By Nathan Jeffay, March 14, 2014

A terror victim this week toured her native Britain to talk about how she watched Palestinian extremists “hack” her friend to death.

Kay Wilson was not just an observer of a horrific 2010 attack in an Israeli forest — she was stabbed 13 times and left for dead.

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Zuckerberg plea to Obama over online surveillance

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

Barack Obama received a call this week from disgruntled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Jewish-American tycoon, 29, phoned the US president to complain about excessive governmental surveillance on the social media site, which has 1.2 billion users across the globe.

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Capture of Iran ship fails to make waves

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the visit to Tehran by the EU’s foreign policy chief this week as Israel presented missiles that Iran was shipping to terror organisations in the Gaza Strip.

Mr Netanyahu was speaking on Monday at Eilat Port where the IDF put on display 40 M-302 missiles and other ammunition captured by Israeli commandos in the Red Sea last week.

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US groups attack Israeli rabbis’ grip on marriage

By Shira Rubin, March 13, 2014

A number of major Jewish American organisations plan to join forces with Israeli groups to end the Israeli chief rabbinate’s control over marriage, burials and other personal status issues.

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Palestinian President Abbas in talks with Obama

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive at the White House on Monday for a potentially crucial meeting with US President Barack Obama on the future of the talks with Israel. The deadline for the end of the current stage of the talks is at the end of the month and American mediators have so far failed to deliver a frame agreement to launch the next stage of negotiations.

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Shabbat email kept me off missing Malaysia plane

By Lauren Davidson, March 13, 2014

A man has claimed he decided not to take the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared last Saturday because of a “miraculous” intervention by his observant travel agent.

The man, known only as Andy, said he had asked the agent to book him a seat on flight MH370, which vanished with 239 passengers and crew on board.

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Russian Jew on board missing Malaysian Airlines plane

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2014

Nikolai Brodskii,from the Siberian city of Irkutsk, was among the 239 passengers on the flight that disappeared over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam on Saturday.

Rabbi Aharon Wagner from Irkutsk is believed to have contacted Mr Brodskii’s family after learning that he was on the plane.

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Netanyahu attacks EU's top diplomat over Iran visit

By Daniel Easterman, March 10, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has attacked Baroness Ashton, the European Union's top diplomat, for her visit to Iran following the seizure of an Iranian arms ship loaded with weapons apparently bound for the Gaza Strip.

Mr Netanyahu said: "I would like to ask her if she asked her Iranian hosts about this shipment of weapons for terrorist organisations, and if not, why not."

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