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German court rules 95 year-old Auschwitz paramedic fit to stand trial

By JC Reporter, December 2, 2015

A German court has ruled that a 95 year-old man accused of being accessory to the murder of at least 3,681 people at Auschwitz-Birkenau is fit to stand trial.


Netanyahu bumps into Abbas in Paris – and they shake hands

By Marcus Dysch, November 30, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time in five years – after bumping into him at the Paris climate conference.

The pair shook hands briefly but did not appear to speak to each other. They have not met face-to-face since 2010.


Two wounded in Jerusalem stabbing attacks

By JC Reporter, November 29, 2015

Two stabbing attacks within hours of each other in Jerusalem on Sunday have left two Israelis moderately injured.

In the first incident, a border policeman, in his 20s, was wounded at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The Palestinian assailant was shot and killed.

A few hours later, Magen David Adom rescue services reported another stabbing attack near a bus in the city.


Israel should do deal with Hamas, says congressman McGovern

By Sandy Rashty, November 27, 2015

Israel must work with terrorist group Hamas to find a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

So says Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat who co-chairs the influential Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Mr McGovern describes himself as a supporter of Israel — despite having last travelled to the country when Ariel Sharon sat in the prime minister’s seat.


Rabbi takes down attacker outside synagogue (video)

By Henry Benjamin , November 27, 2015

A man who screamed at a rabbi at the Adass Synagogue in Melbourne got more than he bargained for after his ranting turned physical.

Rabbi Yoni Lowin squared up to the man, who was shouting, “Go back to Israel”.

The man then tried to attack the rabbi, who wrestled with him and pinned him to the ground.


How the world can destroy Daesh

By Jason Burke, November 26, 2015

Take a map and survey the arc running from western Africa, through the Middle East and across south Asia to Bangladesh. Mark the areas which are - or were - effectively ungoverned. Now mark areas where Islamic militancy is thriving. It will not take long. The two are almost identical.


French far-right on rise

By Michel Gurfinkiel, November 26, 2015

Marine Le Pen's National Front (FN) is set to emerge as France's pre-eminent political force at the regional elections on December 6 and 13.


Huge Holocaust document cache found in wall cavity

November 26, 2015

The owners of a Budapest apartment have discovered a huge trove of documents relating to the Hungarian Holocaust in a wall cavity.

The 6,300 papers are part of a 1944 census of Budapest's Jews that was carried out to lay the ground for their extermination.

The documents contain a building-by-building record of residents surveyed and whether or not they were Jewish.


Pakistan's last Jew in battle to win 'empathy'

By Simon Caldwell, November 26, 2015

Decades of persecution of religious minorities have driven almost all of Pakistan's Jews out of the country. Any that remain keep their Jewish identities a secret.

Fishel Benkhald is the exception. He calls himself Pakistan's only "self-declared" Jew.

His mother is Jewish but, because his father is a Muslim, the Pakistani authorities are refusing to recognise his Jewish identity.


A century of search and rescue

By Liam Hoare, November 26, 2015

On February 11, 2015 - the day world leaders gathered in Minsk to hammer out a ceasefire deal for war-ravaged eastern Ukraine - more than 130 Jews were being safely transported out of the conflict zone to Dnepropetrovsk.