Three Years On


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… Read More

Front Row Seat


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… Read More

Jewish man attacked in Paris

Two unidentified men wielding a stun gun assaulted a Jewish man near a Paris synagogue. K. Sassoun, a 52-year-old Israeli, was identified as the victim of Monday night’s attack at a building next to a synagogue on Pavee Street in central Paris, according to Sassoun was not seriously hurt but required medical treatment after… Read More

Egyptian Jewish leader buried

Nadia Haroun, the deputy head of Egypt’s Jewish community, was buried Tuesday. She died last Thursday from a heart attack at the age of 59. The funeral ceremony was led by Haroun’s sister, Magda, who is now the leader of the country’s small remaining Jewish community. The burial was held in Cairo’s downtown Gates of… Read More

Anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in the Netherlands

A Dutch Jewish watchdog group reported a 23 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents last year in the Netherlands. The Hague-based Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) recorded 147 anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands in 2013, compared with 114 in the previous year. CIDI’s annual report was released Tuesday. Verbal assaults… Read More

Jewish Russian aboard missing plane

One of the passengers aboard the Malaysian Airlines plane that vanished is a Jewish Russian national. Nikolai Brodskii, 43, of the Siberian city of Irkutsk, appears on the missing plane’s passenger manifest. He is a husband and father of sons aged 17 and 11. Rabbi Aharon Wagner, a Chabad rabbi for the region, contacted Brodskii’s… Read More

Boosting STEM


In Israel, high school education is mandated by law, and the government grants each student an equal financial allocation for education. But a town such as Afula, with fewer residents than Tel Aviv, gets less government funding overall. This is also true for small villages of concentrated minorities. With the backdrop of that challenge of… Read More

Looking for a Replacement


Meeting in Geneva for its annual spring session, the United Nations Human Rights Council will be deciding on a replacement for Richard Falk, the body’s Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, a process that is being closely monitored by U.N. watchdog groups, the United States and Israel. The applicant list recently has been reduced by… Read More

Abu Dhabi-based airline removes Israel from its flight map

An airline owned by the United Arab Emirates that is a partner of American Airlines has removed Israel from its flight map and refuses to transport Israelis. Etihad Airways’ travel-route map shows all countries in the Middle East with the exception of Israel and its major cities, the New York Post reported Monday. The airline… Read More

Egyptian court bans Hamas activities in Egypt

An Egyptian court outlawed Hamas activities in Egypt, branding it a terror organization. The ruling, which came Tuesday as part of the Egyptian government’s crackdown on Islamist organizations in the country, bans all Hamas dealings with the government and shuts down the group’s Egyptian offices. Hamas, the terrorist group that governs Gaza, is a daughter… Read More