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Culture Minister Regev on 'collision course' with left

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

Culture Minister Miri Regev is rapidly becoming the standard-bearer, or main hate-figure, depending on the political perspective, in the escalating culture-war between the new right-wing government and Israel's mainly left-leaning creative community.

On Tuesday, Ms Regev announced she was freezing public funding for the Jewish-Arab theatre in Haifa, Al-Midan, which had produced a play on the li


Destroying Arab villages is self-defeating

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 18, 2015

The Israeli Defence Ministry this week issued a list of special arrangements for the West Bank during the month of Ramadan.

The orders eased the restrictions on movement for Palestinian civilians in ways unprecedented since the start of the First Intifada in 1987.


Plight of Druze threatens to draw Israel deeper into Syria’s civil war

By Tim Marshall, June 17, 2015

From an Israeli military base in the Golan Heights, you can look down onto Syria's glorious ancient heritage, its terrible present, and its troubled future.


Guests accidently shot at Waldorf Astoria wedding reception

By Naomi Firsht, June 16, 2015

A million-dollar Jewish wedding reception last Saturday was over before it began when the groom’s cousin accidentally shot four people.

Anna Goldschmidt had married Elan Stratiyevsky in a traditional Jewish ceremony earlier in the day.


Paris cultural sites ‘discriminated against’ Israeli tour party

By JCReporter, June 16, 2015

Two major cultural sites in Paris, including the Louvre, are being accused of discriminating against Israeli visitors.

Last month, a professor of art history at Tel Aviv University, Sefy Hendler, tried to book a guided tour for a group of 12 students at the Louvre and Sainte-Chapelle, a medieval chapel, for later this month.


Spain expects 90,000 Sephardic Jews to apply for passport

By Adam Feinstein, June 15, 2015

Thousands of Sephardim around the world are expected to request Spanish citizenship after the Madrid Parliament approved a new law allowing descendants of Jews expelled in 1492 to apply for a Spanish passport.


Luxembourg apologises for Holocaust role

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

The Luxembourg government has for the first time apologised to its Jewish population for its role in the Holocaust, admitting that some officials were complicit in the killings.

Around a third of the Duchy’s Jews - 1,200 victims - were killed during its Nazi occupation, which lasted from May 1940 to September 1944.


Americans born in Jerusalem not allowed to list Israel as birthplace

By Sebastien Malo, June 11, 2015

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional legislation that said Americans born in Jerusalem could list Israel as their place of birth.

The six-to-three ruling by the country's highest court ends a legal battle whose outcome could have thrust American diplomacy into the charged debate over Jerusalem's status.


Denial should not be illegal, Mr Blair

By Joshua Rozenberg, June 11, 2015

Tony Blair wants to make Holocaust denial illegal. The former prime minister now chairs a campaign group called the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), which, paradoxically, seeks to "stamp out intolerance".


Wanted: new Mossad chief

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 11, 2015

Tamir Pardo, chief of Mossad, is scheduled to retire at the end of 2015 after five years in the post and 35 years in Israel's intelligence community.

The race to replace him is on and the identity of the new Mossad chief could be an indication of how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees Israel confronting the Iranian nuclear programme, Mossad's primary target over the past decade.

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