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A truce agreed - then war erupts within hours

By Orlando Radice, August 1, 2014

A 72-hour ceasefire agreed on last night by Israel and Hamas already appears to be falling apart.

The halt, brokered by the US and the EU, was due to take effect at 8am this morning local time. But within two hours, mortar shells had been fired from Gaza, landing near a town by the border, and Israeli forces had returned fire.

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Jewish life in east will disappear, says Ukrainian leader

By Orlando Radice, July 11, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Confederation of Jewish Organisations believes that in the long term, Jewish life in eastern Ukraine is doomed.

Mr Zissels, speaking ahead of a conference on Jewish life in the Ukraine at University College London last week, estimated that around one third of the Jewish population in the east had already left, with a large majority looking to escape.

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Israel weeps - but now the fallout

By Orlando Radice and Nathan Jeffay, July 3, 2014

It was a day all those present hoped they would never see.

For nearly three weeks, the prayers of every Israeli, parent and child had had been tied to the desperate belief that "their boys" would be found alive.

But at Modi'in cemetery on Tuesday, the raw grief of the tens of thousands of mourners poured out under the burning sun.

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Israel names kidnapping suspects

By Orlando Radice, June 27, 2014

Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, has named two men it suspects of having abducted three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank two weeks ago.

Photographs of Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, two longstanding Hamas activists from the Hebron region, were distributed to the press yesterday.

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Livni meets Abbas in London

By Orlando Radice, May 17, 2014

It has emerged that Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in London on Thursday to discuss the Fatah-Hamas unity deal and the future of the peace talks.

This was the first meeting between Mr Abbas and a senior Israeli minister in several months.

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Top yeshivah rabbi apologises for 'kill ministers' lecture

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A rabbi from Israel’s leading strictly-Orthodox yeshivah has apologised for saying that Israel’s government ministers deserve death.

Nissan Kaplan, a rabbi at the prestigious Mir Yeshivah, whose classes draw upwards of 200 students, said in a recent discourse on the weekly Torah portion that he not only advocates killing ministers, but also that he educates his children in this spirit.

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Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy warns of Assad victory

By Orlando Radice, May 16, 2014

A former head of Mossad has warned of the increased threat that Israel will face if Bashar al Assad wins the Syrian civil war.

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‘I was the only Jew at Polish massacre memorial’

By Orlando Radice, May 6, 2014

A Holocaust survivor has spoken of his sadness at being the only Jew present at a Polish commemoration for the massacre of 9,000 people during the Second World War.

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Israel suspends peace talks

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Israel has halted the peace talks in the wake of Wednesday’s decision by Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to sign a reconciliation agreement.

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Italian politician follows retouched Auschwitz photo with hate rant

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Italian politician and comedian Beppe Grillo has refused to apologise for using Primo Levi’s Shoah poem If This is a Man to attack the government — and employed a series of classic antisemitic tropes to defend his actions.

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Tony Blair: Islamism is the biggest challenge

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair has accused the West of failing to recognise the scale of the dangers posed by radical Islam.

Speaking in London in Wednesday, Mr Blair said that an extremist version of Islam is driving the turmoil in the Middle East, which is now the world’s biggest security challenge.

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INTERVIEW: Vadim Rabinovich

By Orlando Radice, April 14, 2014

Vadim Rabinovich, the multi-millionaire Jewish businessman running for president in Ukraine’s first post-revolution election in May, has said that he is willing to work with the far-right party Pravy Sektor if he takes up office.

The nationalist party played a major role in the ouster of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, but has been criticised for harbouring violent fascists.

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Shaken, and stirring: Ukrainians pack bags

By Orlando Radice, April 4, 2014

By day, the Maidan, Kiev’s revolutionary square, is a jumble of tents, flags and half-demolished barricades. The anti-government groups who led the resistance are selling hot tea to passers-by, their burning rubber tyres having given way to makeshift stoves. Stalls display martyr badges and scarves in Ukrainian colours: the revolution is already being commodified.

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Back from the dead: a Ukrainian model for world Jewry

By Orlando Radice, April 4, 2014

Dnepropetrovsk's 600,000 sq ft Menorah Centre, approached by night, looks for all the world like the lurid, self-aggrandising dream of an eastern oligarch.

Rising out of largely neglected city streets, it is, literally, a vast menorah, with the glass outhouses that crown each of its seven towers illuminated each day of the week to represent the lighting of the candles.

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Ukraine community ready to fight Russian invasion

By Orlando Radice, March 27, 2014

Ukraine’s Jewish leaders are preparing to lead the fight if the country is invaded.

Gennadiy Korban, a multi-millionaire businessman and the deputy head of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine’s second largest city, this week gathered national commanders to prepare a defensive plan, including how and where military resources should be deployed.

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UN failed in South Sudan just as it failed in the Middle East

By Orlando Radice, January 31, 2014

The biggest UN refugee compound in Juba hugs the airport like a battered child clinging on to its mother for dear life. The area is one of the last bastions of safety in a country ripping itself to sheds.

Nobody appears able to halt the six-week-old conflict that has ravaged the world’s newest state, leaving thousands dead and 65,000 people scattered in six refugee camps across the country.

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Could Mandela have helped resolve Israel-Palestinian conflict?

By Orlando Radice, December 19, 2013

It is a tempting thought. What if Nelson Mandela had been drafted in to sort out the Israelis and Palestinians, like a wonder striker brought on late in a match to break the stalemate once and for all?

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Saudi Interfaith Forum: ‘The world has never looked more malleable’

By Orlando Radice, November 28, 2013

When it was founded in 2011, the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (Kaiciid) appeared to the world as an incongruous outfit.

The idea that Saudi Arabia was creating a hub for interreligious education looked like a PR stunt from what is seen as one of the world’s most repressive governments.

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Mission: heal the wounds of Jerusalem

By Orlando Radice, November 15, 2013

For journalists, “intercultural dialogue” is a dubious concept that conjures up images of opposing sides engaging in friendly waffle designed to paper over the real story.

Hagai Agmon-Snir, director of the Jerusalem Inter-Cultural Centre (JICC), has a phrase for it — “hummus talk”.

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Gangnam style: now I get it

By Orlando Radice, August 29, 2013

There was only one thing worse than watching the world become virally infected with a gormless South Korean dance, and that was discovering the world leaders, from Ban Ki-moon to Barack Obama, were also doing Gangnam Style for TV.

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