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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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Rivlin: 'On peace process, we must have open hearts'

By Orlando Radice, August 15, 2013

The man tipped to be the next president of Israel has spoken of his deep scepticism of the peace process.

Reuven Rivlin, a Likud MK and a former speaker of the Knesset, insists that “the Arabs will never accept any solution that will give them anything less than the state of Israel. They will never accept that Israel is the land of the Jewish people.”

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UK pushed for more exacting EU guidelines on Israel

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

It has emerged that during the EU discussions over its new guidelines prohibiting the provision of funds to Israeli organisations with operations beyond the Green Line, the UK suggested that the instruction should apply to every Israeli citizen living in settlements.

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So what exactly is a boycott?

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

There is deep concern within the Israeli government that new European Union guidelines on funding for organisations that operate beyond the Green Line will open the door to a widespread boycott of the country’s academic and educational institutions.

This runs contrary to the view of the EU, which believes the move will have a minimal impact on Israel.

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Shechita faces ban in Poland

By Orlando Radice, July 12, 2013

The Polish parliament has defeated an attempt to protect religious slaughter in law.

In November last year, the constitutional court ruled that a derogation which allows Jews and Muslims to kill animals without pre-stunning was unconstitutional and incompatible with animal welfare laws.

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EU’s new leader-nation Lithuania grappling with the Holocaust

By Orlando Radice, July 5, 2013

“We need our Jewish history for ourselves, not just to attract tourists.”

This was the message of Lithuania’s UK Ambassador Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, who admitted that many Lithuanians still need to recognise the giant role that the country’s Jewish community — almost entirely wiped out during the Second World War — played in their national history.

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