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Departing Jon Stewart leaves US feeling bereft

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

America's Jewish king of satire has only just vacated his throne - and many are missing him already.

Jon Stewart appeared as the host of the country's favourite political comedy programme The Daily Show for the last time on Thursday.


Israeli team flees thugs' pitch attack

August 6, 2015

Bulgarian football thugs attacked Israeli players and coaches during an exhibition match in Sofia on Sunday.

Ashdod players were forced to run from the pitch, into empty stands and then out of the stadium as CSKA Sofia fans attacked them with bottles, kicks and punches.


Maccabi Games participants make up biggest-ever Shabbat dinner

By Jessica Weinstein, August 6, 2015

A Shabbat dinner has entered the Guinness Book of World Records.

Last Friday night, a Chabad-organised dinner for the participants of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin saw 2,322 Jewish men and women joining the largest Shabbat meal on record.


European aliyah? Bring it on, says Silvan Shalom

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2015

Israel’s deputy Prime Minister has hinted that more European Jews should be making aliyah.

Silvan Shalom, who is also Interior Minister, made the comment while speaking at an ORT UK round-table lunch in London last Friday.


‘Four injured’ in kosher hotel bridge collapse

By Simon Rocker, August 5, 2015

A number of guests at a kosher hotel in Switzerland are said to have been treated for injuries after a wooden bridge collapsed.

According to unconfirmed reports, four people received treatment on the scene after the accident at Levin’s Hotel Metropol in Arosa on Tuesday night. Two people remained in hospital on Wednesday afternoon.


Bibi and Obama engage in Iran deal lobbying wars

By Jessica Weinstein, August 5, 2015

In direct appeals to American Jewish leaders, US President Barack Obama has warned that Israel would suffer if a nuclear deal with Iran was blocked, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged them to fight the deal.


Air France ‘regrets’ map that shows Gaza and West Bank, but not Israel

By Josh Jackman, August 4, 2015

Air France has said it “deeply regrets” omitting Israel from an in-flight map.

The airline was responding to more than a dozen Twitter users who raised the issue after a photo of the map, which labels Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but not Israel, was posted on social media.

The image was taken late last week by a customer on board an Air France flight.


Across Israel, thousands protest over hate attacks

By JC Reporter, August 2, 2015

Thousands of people took to the streets across Israel this weekend to demonstrate their solidarity with the victims of the West Bank arson attack on Friday and the stabbings at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride march the day before.


Palestinian baby burned to death in arson attack

By JC Reporter, July 31, 2015

A one-and-a-half year-old baby was burned to death and three of his family members were seriously hurt late last night after their house was firebombed by settlers in the village of Douma, near Nablus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack as a “horrific, heinous” crime that is “a terror attack in every respect.”


Iran agreement contains 'secret side deals that Kerry has not seen'

By Orlando Radice, July 30, 2015

Two Republican members of the US Congress claim that the nuclear deal with Iran hinges on two secret side agreements that the Obama administration has not seen.