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Before a ball has even been kicked, Brazil grows its own community

By Isabel de Bertodano, June 12, 2014

When the World Cup match between Argentina and Iran kicks off next Saturday, a group of Jewish fans will be prominent in the crowd, with a banner reading: “Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof” (“justice, justice, we shall pursue”).


Arab academic quits after Auschwitz visit

By Nathan Jeffay, June 12, 2014

A Palestinian professor has quit his job after being criticised for taking a group of students to visit Auschwitz.

Mohammed Dajani's colleagues at Al Quds University in the West Bank reacted so negatively to his act of Holocaust commemoration that he tendered his resignation.

He subsequently criticised Palestinian resistance to Holocaust education as "a crime against humanity".


Le Pen angry as her father jokes of putting opponents in ovens

By Shirli Sitbon, June 12, 2014

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has criticised her father and party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen after he made a controversial quip in an interview suggesting artists who oppose the National Front should be put in an oven.


Bleak Syria war outlook stiffens Israel's defence

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Israel has strengthened its defences on the Golan border with Syria amid concerns from the Israeli intelligence community that the civil war could continue for another 10 years.

A newly installed Iron Dome missile defence system was used for the first time on the Golan when two rockets were fired across the border from Syrian territory last week.


Egypt snub is not bad news

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Egypt's new president, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in on Sunday in a ceremony in Cairo. Leaders from across the Middle East were invited except for those of four countries: Syria, Turkey, Qatar and Israel.

Syria's omission was expected; President Bashar Assad is shunned as the leader who is butchering his own people with impunity.


Alexander Imich, the world's oldest man, dies

By Rosa Doherty, June 9, 2014

The world oldest man has died at the age of 111.

Alexander Imich, born February 4 1903, died yesterday morning at a hospital in Manhattan.

His friends Michael Mannion and Trish Corbett were taking care of him and confirmed his death to reporters.

Mr Imich was raised by a secular Jewish family in Poland before settling in America.


Jewish leader attacks Jean-Marie Le Pen over 'oven' comment

By Daniel Easterman, June 9, 2014

A Jewish group has called on Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen to be stripped of his parliamentary immunity as an MEP.

The call follows a reference to ovens in comments on Mr Le Pen's website about the popular French-Jewish singer, Patrick Bruel.


Palestinian teenager found guilty of stabbing soldier

By Charlotte Oliver, June 3, 2014

A Palestinian teenager was convicted on Monday by an IDF military court of stabbing an Israeli soldier to death late last year on a public bus in northern Israel.

IDF recruit Eten Atias died in hospital aged 18 last November after the 16-year-old Palestinian boy, who could not be legally identified, attacked him as their bus entered the Afula central bus station.


French police arrest Brussels shooting suspect

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2014

A suspect has been arrested over the killing of four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum last Saturday.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen from the northern French town of Roubaix, was taken into custody in Marseille on Friday. He was said to have in his possession a gun and a Kalashnikov assault rifle of the sort used in the May 24 attack.


We’ll burn you, Guatemalans tell their Jewish neighbours

By Naomi Firsht, May 30, 2014

A Guatemalan mayor has reportedly asked Jewish residents to leave his town.

Mayor Rodolfo López of San Juan La Laguna, in the Sololá state, encouraged villagers to attack the small, strictly-Orthodox Jewish community, according to online radio station Emisoras Unidas.