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Katie Ledecky wins another gold – inspired by her Jewish grandmother

By Rosa Doherty, August 11, 2016

An American swimmer who was inspired by her Jewish grandmother has won her third gold of the Rio Games.

Katie Ledecky secured another victory for the United States in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay final on Wednesday.

In an earlier interview, the 19-year-old had said her Jewish grandmother, Berta, 83, instilled in her the competitive spirit that gave her the drive to succeed.


Fatah makes murder boast

August 11, 2016

The ruling party in the West Bank, Fatah, boasted this week about having killed 11,000 Israelis in what was seen as an attempt to boost its popularity ahead of upcoming Palestinian municipal elections on October 8.


Saudi athlete accused of dodging Israel match

By Daniel Sugarman, August 9, 2016

A Saudi-Arabian Olympian been condemned after allegedly pulling out of a match in order to avoid facing an Israeli athlete.


Russia admits it - not Hizbollah - sent drone into Israel

By Rosa Doherty, August 7, 2016

Russian officials have confirmed that a drone which crossed into northern Israel last month belonged to them.

At the time Israel thought the drone belonged to the Lebanese terror group Hizbollah.


'Antisemitic' Lebanese team refuse to travel with Israeli athletes in Rio

By Rosa Doherty, August 7, 2016

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reprimanded the head of the Lebanese Olympic team after Lebanese athletes refused to share a bus with their Israeli opponents on the journey to the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games.

Miri Regev, the Israeli Culture and Sport Minister, labelled the decision the "worst kind of racism".


Israeli champions to face Celtic in crucial Champions League playoff

By Josh Jackman, August 5, 2016

Israeli league winners Hapoel Beersheva will play Scottish Premiership winners Celtic for a place in the Champions League group stage.

The Israeli team, which picked up its first championship trophy for 40 years last season, will travel to Glasgow on August 16 or 17 for the first of two matches.


Hitler ‘comedy’ to be Germany’s Oscars entry

By JC Reporter, August 5, 2016

A mock documentary about Adolf Hitler has been shortlisted to represent Germany at the Oscars next year.

The comedy 'Look Who’s Back' depicts Hitler waking up in modern-day Berlin, becoming a reality TV star and secretly continuing his attempt at world domination.


Meet the President of Peru - or Zayde, if you prefer

August 4, 2016

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was sworn in as head of state in Lima last week, is not your typical Peruvian president.

For a start, he is Jewish.

But that's not all. Because PPK - as he is known to everyone in Peru - was raised in the jungle.


Manager at charity World Vision accused of channelling millions to Hamas military

By JC Reporter, August 4, 2016

Israeli security services have arrested a senior member of international charity World Vision on suspicion of helping fund Hamas, it emerged on Thursday.

The Shin Bet said it detained Mohammed Halabi, a manager at World Vision in Gaza, in June.

The Israeli domestic security agency said that Halabi transferred up to $50 million to Hamas over the years, which it used to purchase weapons.