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Three Israelis feared dead in Istanbul suicide bombing

By JC Reporter, March 19, 2016

Three Israelis were believed to be among the five people killed in the suicide bombing in the centre of Istanbul on Saturday morning.

According to Turkish officials, at least 11 Israelis were among the 36 injured in the attack, two of them seriously hurt.


Donald Trump’s Jewish adviser attacks rabbis over Aipac boycott

By JC Reporter, March 18, 2016

Donald Trump’s Jewish lawyer, Michael Cohen, has said rabbis who plan on boycotting the Republican candidate should be “ashamed”.

Mr Trump will give a speech to around 18,000 attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington DC on Sunday.


In Iran, a Purim prank can land you in prison

By Josh Jackman, March 18, 2016

Two Jewish teenagers have been arrested after spray-painting “Death to Haman” on a building in Tehran ahead of Purim.

Police have not yet released the 17-year-old boys, despite being told it was a prank.

Shushan, where the Story of Esther took place, is traditionally understood to have been located where the city of Hamadan currently lies around 170 miles to the west of Tehran.


American rabbis plan to boycott Donald Trump

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Rabbis are planning to protest a speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a conference organised by a leading pro-Israel lobby.

Mr Trump, his party’s frontrunner in the race for the nomination, will give a speech to around 18,000 attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington DC.


Romania Shoah memorial role sparks unease

By Petru Clej, March 17, 2016

Romania has taken over the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a research and education group, prompting mixed feelings from Jewish organisations.

The Eastern European country has only recently begun to officially recognise its role in the Holocaust, when its pro-Nazi dictator, Ion Antonescu, oversaw the massacre of up to 380,000 Jews between 1940 and 1944.


Court nominee thanks bubbe

By Naomi Firsht, March 17, 2016

The man nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next US Supreme Court justice, Merrick Garland, has paid tribute to his Jewish grandparents for their role in helping him reach America's highest legal office.

As he accepted the nomination in the White House Rose Garden, Mr Garland said: "My family deserves much of the credit for the path that led me here.


Australian MP interrogates Iranian foreign minister

By Henry Benjamin, March 17, 2016

Australian Labour MP Michael Danby, who is Jewish, put Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the spot during a meeting in Canberra this weekend.

Mr Zarif, who was making the first trip to Australia by an Iranian minister in 13 years, was asked by Mr Danby whether the Islamic Republic's recent missile testing "was not highly provocative and damaging to Iran's international reputation", especia


Anger after Uruguay killing

By Adam Feinstein, March 17, 2016

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Paysandú, in north-western Uruguay, last Saturday to protest over the murder of local Jewish businessman David Fremd.

Mr Fremd, 55, was stabbed to death on Monday last week.


Former head of Mossad Meir Dagan dies

By Charlotte Oliver, March 17, 2016

Tributes have been paid to the former head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, who has died at the age of 71.

An official Mossad statement announced that Mr Dagan, who ran the agency from 2002 to 2011, had died on Thursday morning following a battle with cancer.


Brother of Toulouse killer to stand trial on terror charges

By Naomi Firsht, March 16, 2016

A brother of Mohamed Merah, the Islamist extremist who killed four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, will stand trial on terrorism offences.

Mohamed Merah killed three children and a teacher at Ohr Torah school in Toulouse in March 2012. He also killed three French paratroopers in a separate attack.

He was shot dead by police several days later in a standoff.