International News

BY JTA
April 10, 2014

France’s largest Jewish organization defamed a pro-Palestinian charity by accusing it of financing Hamas, a French court ruled. The ruling against the CRIF umbrella group handed down by the Nancy Court of Cassation last month was first reported Sunday by the news site al-kanz.org. CRIF staff were ordered to pay the equivalent of $4,140 to CONTINUE »

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Traveling project contends UN group backs distorted view of Israel
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
April 10, 2014

As the breakdown of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process grabs the latest headlines, a growing group of organizations are calling attention to what they believes to be a major obstacle in fostering understanding between Israelis and Palestinians: the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). David Bedein, bureau chief CONTINUE »

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As Jobbik popularity grows, Hungary’s governing party increases its nationalist rhetoric
BY Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
March 27, 2014

BUDAPEST, Hungary — A lone heckler tried to disrupt him, but Hungarian lawmaker Janos Hargitai was undeterred as he spoke earlier this month at a memorial day gathering in Hungary commemorating the 1848 revolution there. The holiday marks Hungary’s attempt to break free from the Austrian Empire, and Hargitai, sandwiched between two Hungarian flags, was CONTINUE »

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As Syrian civil war rages, neighboring Israel faces familiar and emerging threats
BY Sean Savage/JNS.org
March 27, 2014

March 15 marked the third anniversary of the beginning of unrest that led to the ongoing Syrian civil war. As the conflict drags on into its fourth year with no end in sight, Israel — which shares a contentious United Nations-patrolled border with Syria in the Golan Heights region — finds itself in a precarious CONTINUE »

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Simferopol rabbi reflects on changing tide in Crimea
BY Sean Savage, JNS.org
March 20, 2014

While the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, Jews in the disputed region of Crimea have been caught in a battle over nationalism. Like many minority groups in the area, Ukrainian Jews fear for their safety and their future amid the heightened tension. “The main action in Crimea was taking place right across the street CONTINUE »