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5 wounded in stabbing at New York rabbi's house

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 2 of the victims are in critical condition, says the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council

Trump accuses Jewish Democratic voters of 'great disloyalty'

Aug 21, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Donald Trump's comments prompt condemnation from Jewish groups, which charge the president with anti-Semitism by questioning the loyalty of Jewish citizens

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Prosecutors demand life sentence for Brussels Jewish museum killer

Mar 11, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'What we ask, without the slightest hesitation, is that you sentence Mehdi Nemmouche to life in prison,' prosecutor Yves Moreau tells a Brussels court

Alleged Brussels museum killer was 'sadistic' Syria jailer

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Former hostage Nicolas Henin describes Mehdi Nemmouche as a 'sadistic, playful and narcissistic' man

TRIAL. A file court sketch made on January 10, 2019 shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), accused of the terrorist attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014, during his trial at the Brussels Justice Palace. Photo by Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

Belgian Jewish museum attack suspect appears in court

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Suspect Mehdi Nemmouche, through his defense lawyer, says he wants 'to see his innocence recognized'

This court drawing made on June 26, 2014, shows Mehdi Nemmouche (C), the 29-year-old suspected gunman in a quadruple murder at the Brussels Jewish Museum, during a court hearing in Versailles, France. Benoit Peyrucq/AFP

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Oct 29, 2018 - 11:28 PM

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Group of Jewish leaders to Trump: You are part of the problem

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:38 AM

'For the past 3 years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday's violence is the direct culmination of your influence,' an open letter says

UNITED. People gather for a interfaith candlelight vigil a few blocks away from the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. File photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. says no Syria reconstruction aid if Iran stays

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'The onus for expelling Iran from the country falls on the Syrian government, which bears responsibility for its presence there,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Jul 19, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The new legislation, which serves as a de facto constitution, provokes fears of discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu

In Israel, Prince William tastes somber and lighter sides

Jun 27, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Wearing an open-necked shirt and sunglasses, Prince William strolls along the sunny Mediterranean shoreline in Tel Aviv chatting with surfers about marine pollution

LIGHT CHAT. Britain's Prince William speaks with Israeli 2018 Eurovision song contest winner Netta Barzilai at Tel Aviv's first kiosk founded in 1910, during a tour of Rothschild Boulevard on June 27, 2018. Photo by Amir Cohen/Pool/AFP

How PH reaps fruits of Quezon's kindness to Jews

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:11 AM

Visa free entry to Israel is one of the ways that the Jewish people have repaid the moral conviction of former Philippine president Manuel L Quezon

SENTIMENTAL TIES. Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau says the Philippines and Israel have a 'very sentimental' relationship dating back to the 1930s. Screen grab from Rappler Talk

When the Philippines opened its doors to Jewish refugees

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

We would not be alive today if not for the Philippines says Lotte Hershfield one of the thousand Jews who came to the country during World War II

Trial opens for 20 in suspected French terror cell

Apr 20, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The trial opens as France is grappling with fresh fears of terror attacks

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Feb 23, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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Can we please stop the Hitler comparisons?

Dec 03, 2016 - 9:30 PM

We are better than we seem and much kinder than we appear

Jewish community applauds Duterte after apology

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a personal appearance at a synagogue in Metro Manila to apologize to Jews for his Hitler remarks

DUTERTE'S APOLOGY. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Jewish New Year celebration at a synagogue in Makati. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Israel defense minister orders boycott of UN envoy – report

Sep 15, 2016 - 11:11 PM

Lieberman reportedly orders ministry employees and military officials not to have contact with UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov

AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman attends an official memorial ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, at the military cemetery of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on July 19, 2016. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Ex-SS guard, 94, convicted for complicity in Auschwitz murders

Jun 17, 2016 - 9:11 PM

More than 70 years after World War II Reinhold Hanning 94 is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment over his role at the Nazi run camp in occupied Poland

REINHOLD HANNING. Former SS guard Reinhold Hanning sits between his lawyers Andreas Scharmer (L) and John Salmen (R) as his sentencing in handed down, at the Land court in Detmold, Germany, June 17, 2016. Photo by Bernd Thissen/EPA

Bomb rips through Jerusalem bus, 21 wounded

Apr 18, 2016 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED The bombing was expected to lead to a sharp increase in security ahead of Jewish Passover celebrations beginning Friday night April 22

BURNED. Israeli security officials investigate the scene following an explosion in Jerusalem, April 18, 2016. Abir Sultan/EPA

Sanders' Israel criticism splits Jewish American vote

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:23 PM

Sanders words reflect changing attitudes among Jewish voters particularly millennials who grew up seeing Israel as a strong state and for whom the horrors of the Holocaust are more removed

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders during a CNN-sponsored debate between the two candidates at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, USA, on April 14, 2016. Edward M. Pio Roda / CNN / Handout / EPA

Knife, gun attacks on Israelis kill at least 4 as lull ends

Nov 19, 2015 - 11:38 PM

It is among the bloodiest days for Israelis since the wave of violence broke out on October 1

ALERT. Israeli borderguards stand guard at the site of an attack in the Jewish settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, in the Israeli occupied West Bank, on November 19, 2015. AFP photo / Ahmad Gharabli

New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Netanyahu whose Likud party won a surprise victory in a March 17 election has until May 6 to piece together a new government after receiving a 14 day extension last week

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a speech during an event following the first session of the newly-elected Knesset (Israel's Parliament) in Jerusalem, 31 March 2015. Gali Tibbon/Pool/EPA

Paris supermarket hostages sue media over live coverage

Apr 03, 2015 - 5:46 PM

News channel BFMTV is said to have lacked the most basic precautions and endangered the lives of those who survived a gunman attack at the Hyper Casher Jewish supermarket

ATTACK. A policeman stands outside the Hyper Cacher shop in Paris after it was attacked by a gunman in January. Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

7 children die as broken heater sparks New York blaze

Mar 22, 2015 - 8:05 AM

The hot plate may have been left on to keep food warm because of Orthodox Jewish customs that bar cooking on the Sabbath says New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Supporters rally for embattled Argentine president

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:54 AM

Cristina Kirchner s supporters flood the streets around Congress for her final opening address before the legislature

Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner delivers a speech at the ordinary sessions of the Argentinian Parliament in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 01 March 2015. David Fernandez/EPA

Mamasapano probe, MILF to return weapons, Obama delays Ukraine arms | The wRap

Feb 10, 2015 - 7:57 PM

Senator Alan Cayetano links the MILF to terrorist groups Rebel group vows to return the weapons of 44 cops Obama holds off supplying weapons to Ukraine

Brussels Jewish museum suspect in custody for 3 months

Sep 13, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Mehdi Nemmouche has been charged with murder in a terrorist context after an Israeli couple a French woman and a Belgian were shot dead at the museum last May

MUSEUM KILLING. This handout videograb taken from security footage and released on May 28, 2014 by the Belgian Federal Police on demand of Brussels' king prosecutor shows the suspected gunman who opened fire at the Jewish museum in Brussels. Photo Handout / Belgian Federal Police / AFP

Ex-hostage says museum shooting suspect was among Syria captors

Sep 06, 2014 - 9:43 PM

When Nemmouche was not singing he was torturing writes one of a group of 4 journalist hostages freed in April

MUSEUM KILLING. This handout videograb taken from security footage and released on May 28, 2014 by the Belgian Federal Police on demand of Brussels' king prosecutor shows the suspected gunman who opened fire at the Jewish museum in Brussels. Photo Handout / Belgian Federal Police / AFP

Israel prepares 'legal Iron Dome' defense against war crimes

Aug 14, 2014 - 11:00 PM

The state is assembling a legal Iron Dome to defend itself against potential allegations of war crimes in Gaza

Smoke billows from a beach shack following an Israeli military strike, on July 16, 2014 in Gaza City which killed four children, medics said. All four were on the beach when the attack took place, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, with several injured children taking refuge at a nearby hotel where journalists were staying. Thomas Coex/AFP

Palestinian teen said burned alive as Israel Arabs join protests

Jul 05, 2014 - 10:19 PM

Palestinians say it is perpetrated by Jewish extremists in revenge for the kidnapping and murder in the West Bank last month of 3 Israeli teenagers

CLASHES. Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police (unseen) during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem, on July 3, 2014, one day after a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of 3 Israeli youths. Photo by AFP/Thomas Coex

Suspected gunman held for Jewish museum shooting

Jun 01, 2014 - 6:27 PM

A Frenchman with suspected ties to Islamic radicals in Syria is arrested over last week s fatal shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels

MUSEUM KILLING. This handout videograb taken from security footage and released on May 28, 2014 by the Belgian Federal Police on demand of Brussels' king prosecutor shows the suspected gunman who opened fire at the Jewish museum in Brussels. Photo Handout / Belgian Federal Police / AFP

Pope deeply saddened over Brussels museum shooting

May 25, 2014 - 11:05 PM

Pope Francis reiterates calls for an end to anti Semitism and intolerance

POPE FRANCIS. A handout photo provided by the Vatican newspaper 'L'Osservatore Romano' of Pope Francis visiting the Nativity curch in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, May 25, 2014. L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO/EPA

Belgium hunts gunman as attack claims fourth victim

May 25, 2014 - 10:17 PM

UPDATED Police releases three videos of the suspect walking into the museum with two bags removing an automatic rifle shooting through a door and then walking away again

Iran, UN atomic watchdog tight-lipped after talks

May 13, 2014 - 9:21 AM

Iran s delegation led by Iranian ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi leaves the talks without speaking to reporters and will not say when the meeting may take place

Israel celebrates 66th National Day

May 07, 2014 - 4:06 PM

It is a night of fun and commemoration for both Israelis and Filipinos who have helped each other in times of need

Israel PM looking to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

May 01, 2014 - 11:14 PM

Netanyahu has made recognition of Israel as a Jewish state a key demand in the crisis hit peace talks with the Palestinians which formally drew to a close on April 29

JEWISH STATE? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (shown) says Israel as a Jewish state is a key demand in the crisis-hit peace talks with the Palestinians. File photo by Uriel Sinai/AFP

Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry

Apr 05, 2014 - 9:22 PM

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler s wife Eva Braun may have been of Jewish descent according to a DNA analysis

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Arab summit backs Syria political solution, rejects 'Jewish state'

Mar 26, 2014 - 10:18 PM

Arab leaders side with the Palestinians in refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state a flash point issue threatening to derail US brokered peace talks

UNITED. Arab leaders, during the closing session of the Arab Summit in Kuwait City, said they are committed to supporting Arab states going through democratic transitions, and healing relations among the Arab countries to end divisions. Photo by Raed Qutena/EPA

Israel's Peres puts 'secret talks disguise' on Facebook

Mar 15, 2014 - 12:54 PM

The Israeli President turns to Facebook to encourage his fellow Israelis in celebrating Purim

Palestinians reject US push for peace talks beyond April

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Erakat: There is no meaning to prolonging the negotiation even for one more additional hour if Israel represented by its current government continues to disregard international law

Jewish community slams Hungary for Holocaust commemoration‎

Feb 16, 2014 - 1:41 AM

The Hungarian Prime Minister who is running for re election in April has also been accused of turning a blind eye to a rise in anti Semitism

Pay it forward: Israel helps 'Maring' victims

Sep 14, 2013 - 3:02 PM

Israel helps victims of Maring still reciiprocating for what we once did for its people

HISTORIC TIES. Israel's mutual assistance with the Philippines goes back to Quezon's presidency

Twitter hands over data in French anti-Semitism case

Jul 12, 2013 - 5:44 PM

Twitter gives the French government data to identify authors of anti Semitic tweets

Angelo Paragoso: Pinoy cockroach in London

Apr 09, 2013 - 5:50 PM

He performs odd jobs and is able to represent his country in British theater

HE WILL SURVIVE. Angelo Paragoso will survive anything as long as he lives out his dream. Photo courtesy of Liezel Longboan

Iran will 'annihilate' cities if Israel attacks: Khamenei

Mar 21, 2013 - 10:20 PM

Iran will annihilate the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if it comes under attack by the Jewish state

Dissent as Dems put God back in platform

Sep 06, 2012 - 6:40 AM

Democratic leaders faced an embarrassing revolt as they put references to God and Jerusalem s status back in their platform

Photo by Andie Petkus / Democratic National Convention