International News

BY JNS.org
July 2, 2014

A French court has ordered that Mehdi Nemmouche — the suspected shooter at the Brussels Jewish museum last month — be extradited to Belgium, where he would be tried on murder charges, the BBC reported. The May 24 shooting left four victims dead, including an Israeli couple. According to French authorities, the 29-year-old French-Algerian terrorism CONTINUE »

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By boycotting government Holocaust commemorations, Hungary’s Jews forge new path
BY Ruth Ellen Gruber/JTA
June 19, 2014

Budapest, Hungary — It isn’t every day that Jewish organizations reject funding for Holocaust commemorations. But that’s what happened in Hungary this spring when Jewish groups refused nearly $1 million in special state grants to protest what they see as the government’s whitewashing of Hungarian complicity in the Holocaust. “We wanted to send a very CONTINUE »

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With three teens missing, Israelis consider alternatives
BY Linda Gradstein
June 19, 2014

ALON SHVUT — The group of several dozen seventh-graders had just finished school and were preparing to return to their homes in this bloc of communities near Bethlehem in the area Israel acquired in 1967. A few of the boys, their skullcaps blowing in the wind, stuck out their index fingers — the Israeli equivalent CONTINUE »

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Can American Jews support an Israeli president who is both a staunch democrat and an opponent of a two-state solution?
BY David Holzel
June 19, 2014

The election of Reuven Rivlin as president of Israel has left many American Jewish groups in a quandary about whether he shares their values or not. Rivlin, 74, was a champion of Israel’s minorities when he served as speaker of the Knesset, but he opposes a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a position that CONTINUE »

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Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Cruz makes his case for the Jewish vote
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
June 12, 2014

A prominent Republican senator considered by many to be a contender in the 2016 presidential race has embarked on a foreign-policy binge of late, with a strong focus on Israel and the Jewish community. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, returned to Washington this week after a tour of Europe and the Middle CONTINUE »