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Netanyahu puts spotlight on ‘fanatical’ Iran in UN speech

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 30, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world yesterday that the battle against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria must not deflect attention from the necessity of denying Iran a nuclear weapon.


Bibi prepares UN rebuttal to Abbas ‘genocide’ speech

By Orlando Radice, September 29, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu will provide a forceful response to Mahmoud Abbas’s accusations against Israel in his speech to the UN General Assembly tonight.

The Israeli Prime Minister told reporters before boarding his plane for New York that he would “refute all of the lies being directed at us”.


Lithuanian pro-shechitah vote welcomed

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2014

Lithuania has enshrined the right of Jews to practise shechita in law.

The Baltic country’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday. permitting the religious slaughter of animals without pre-stunning.


I was abused in street, but police told me it was too dangerous to protest

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 23, 2014

A British-born artist living in Holland has spoken of how he experienced antisemitic abuse while walking through his neighbourhood in the Hague and was later forbidden by the police from going on a "kippah walk" to protest.

Fabrice Schomberg said he was subjected to racist insults while being filmed by a news team investigating the rise in antisemitism in the Hague.


Mariupol community flees shells

By Isabel De Bertodano, September 23, 2014

A group of distressed Ukrainian Jews in Mariupol were preparing to flee the port city this week as the situation in the city became increasingly unpredictable.

Around 130 people were receiving emergency assistance from the aid organisation World Jewish Relief (WJR), which has taken the unusual step of giving cash stipends to people who fear for their lives.


War not halting huge Chasidic pilgrimage

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Ukraine is hardly a big draw for tourists at the moment. Unless, that is, they are Chasidim.

An estimated 25,000 Jews, most of them from the Orthodox Breslov sect, have made their way to the chaos-ridden country for Rosh Hashanah. It is their annual ritual to celebrate the New Year by the graveside of their rebbe, Nachman of Breslov, who died in 1810 and is buried in Uman, near Kiev.


In Bolivia, hate means Molotovs and dynamite

By Adam Feinstein, September 23, 2014

Bolivia's Jews have expressed alarm over the rise in antisemitic incidents in the country - the latest being a dynamite attack on the main Jewish cemetery in the city of Cochabamba on September 13.

The president of the community, Ricardo Udler, has called on the government of President Evo Morales to take action to prevent further incidents.


Myanmar's last synagogue comes in from the cold

By Andrew Whitehead, September 23, 2014

On a back street in downtown Yangon, nestling among Muslim-run stalls selling rope and paint for the city's fishing fleet, lies Myanmar's only synagogue.


Israeli army kills two suspects in teen kidnapping

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Israeli soldiers have killed two of the men suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June.

An IDF spokesman said Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha were killed in a shoot-out when Israeli troops surrounded a building in the West Bank city of Hebron where they were hiding.


Portugal is now heart of a Sephardic revival

By John Krich, September 19, 2014

What do you do when you are the director of tourism in a region so remote that people visit only to see snow, and at that only once a year? You turn Jewish, that's what.