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Diaspora buckling under Gaza war strain

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Two weeks ago, at the height of the Gaza crisis, a high-level meeting was convened in secret in Jerusalem by Economics Minister Naftali Bennett - who also holds the diaspora portfolio in the cabinet - and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

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South Africa: a nation on edge

By Moira Schneider, August 14, 2014

South Africa's Jews are under severe pressure - and not just because they live in an aggressively anti-Zionist country. They are also being buffeted by a powerful internal debate over how to relate to Israel over its war with Hamas.

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Rebuild Gaza, yes - but outflank Hamas

By Gershon Baskin, August 14, 2014

ANALYSISToday, Gaza is devastated. Its 1.8 million people traumatised, wounded, largely unemployed and in despair. Half a million are homeless. Having faced thousands of tons of bombs and 40,000 Israeli soldiers invading on the ground, Gaza, as described by journalists who have visited in the past days, looks like an earthquake zone - entire areas completely levelled.

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Ending the war: the obstacles

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Another round of escalation around Gaza appeared was averted at the last minute on Wednesday as negotiators in Cairo agreed to extend an expiring ceasefire until Monday night.

Securing a longer-term truce is proving difficult, however.

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Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall dies

By Charlotte Oliver, August 13, 2014

Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, who was considered one of the last remaining icons of cinema’s golden age, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.

The actress reportedly suffered a stroke at her home in New York in the early hours of the morning.

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UN’s Gaza war crimes investigator has anti-Israel history

By Daniel Easterman, August 12, 2014

Israel has sharply criticised the UN Human Rights Council’s new three-person panel tasked with investigating possible war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the commission, chaired by Canadian international law expert William Schabas, is biased and made up of individuals with strong anti-Israel views.

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Three Israelis dead in train collision

By JC Reporter, August 11, 2014

Three Israeli tourists died and five others were seriously wounded when the bus they were travelling in was hit by a train near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

The Israelis — four men and four women — had been travelling to Engelberg, just south of the lake, according to local reports.

It is not yet clear why the minibus was crossing the railway line in the path of the train.

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Israeli negotiators arrive in Cairo as ceasefire holds

By Charlotte Oliver, August 11, 2014

Israeli delegates travelled to Cairo on Monday morning after a three-day Gaza ceasefire seemed to hold overnight.

According to Israeli officials, they only agreed to meet in Egypt for negotiations after the 72-hour truce was accepted by both sides. This follows their refusals to negotiate with Hamas while under attack.

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Turkey's next leader? Same man, same double standards

By Michael Daventry, August 10, 2014

This year will be an excellent one for Turkey's ties with Israel. The two countries are projected to trade a record $6bn (£3.6bn) in goods and services. A quarter of a million Israelis will visit Turkey, the highest number in five years. And this month, 13 daily Istanbul-Tel Aviv flights will facilitate this burgeoning traffic of business and tourism.

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Cop's £320k fine for 'Jew boy' abuse

By Tom Tugend, August 7, 2014

For seven years, a Jewish police officer in Chicago was berated by his superior with such epithets as "f…..g Jew boy" and "bloodsucking parasite", while enduring mock-Nazi salutes and the waving of swastika flags.

Last week, a federal grand jury evened the score, ordering former police Sgt. Lawrence C Knasiak to pay $540,000 (£320k) to his erstwhile target, Detlef Sommerfield.

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