Jewish Journal

En route to Lugansk, lies, bribes and high fives

by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

5 days ago

A guard outside the home of Rabbi Shalom Gopin, Chabad’s emissary in Lugansk who fled the flighting and is now in Israel.

In the backseat of a car headed to the rebel-held city of Lugansk, I was feeling confident about my plan for getting in and out safely to report an article about how the city’s Jewish... read full article

  • In Lugansk, an icy Ukraine winter tests a war-torn community

    by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

    5 days ago

    In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits.

    Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their thick coats, they say, a technique developed as the group gathered at least once a week...

  • Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

    by Jibran Ahmad and Mehreen Zahra-Malik, Reuters

    5 days ago

    At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

    More than eight hours after militants slipped...

  • ‘We must negotiate with Islamic State,’ senior mediator says

    by Alex Whiting, Reuters

    6 days ago

    When Padraig O'Malley says we must talk to Islamic State, he's speaking from experience.

    A seasoned mediator, O'Malley brought together warring parties in Iraq at the height of the sectarian conflict in 2007 and 2008, resulting in an agreement that formed the basis for political...

  • Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

    by Lincoln Feast and Colin Packham, Reuters

    6 days ago

    Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe on Tuesday and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people were killed and four wounded.


    New South Wales police said two men, aged 34 and 50, and a...

  • Hostages held in Sydney cafe, Islamic flag seen in window

    by Matt Siegel, Reuters

    6 days ago

    Hostages were being held inside a central Sydney cafe where a black flag with white Arabic writing could be seen in the window, local television showed on Monday, raising fears of an attack linked to Islamic militants.

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was convening a meeting of...

  • Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens


    1 week ago

    Unidentified assailants opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the early hours of Friday, police said, but no injuries or damage were reported.

    Four people on two motorcycles fired shots at the embassy building in a northern suburb of...

  • Thai minister meets Israeli ambassador after Hitler gaffe in official film

    by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Reuters

    1 week ago

    A senior Thai cabinet minister met Israel's ambassador to Thailand on Thursday after the diplomat said he was "saddened" by a government propaganda film that includes an image of a Thai school child painting a portrait of Adolf Hitler.

    The film was commissioned by the Office of...

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