'40 per cent rise in new West Bank settlement homes in 2014'

The number of new homes under construction in Jewish settlements on the Israel-occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 per cent, the Peace Now anti- settlements group said on Monday.

Hundreds of tombs defaced in French Jewish cemetery: Minister

France`s interior minister said Sunday several hundred tombs have been defaced at a Jewish cemetery in east of the country, in what he called "a despicable act".

Man killed in Copenhagen synagogue shooting was Jewish: faith group

A man gunned down outside a Copenhagen synagogue early Sunday in one of three lethal shootings in the Danish capital was Jewish, a Jewish community group said on Sunday.

Hamas backs Qatar minister`s `courage` in Israel spat

A Qatar-based senior Hamas leader on Monday praised the Gulf state`s "courageous" foreign minister, Khalid al-Attiyah, after an apparent spat with Israel`s intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz at a German security conference.

'Aberrations' don't alter India's history of religious tolerance: Govt on Obama remark
'Aberrations' don't alter India's history of religious tolerance: Govt on Obama remark

Reacting cautiously to US President Barack Obama's concern about religious "intolerance" in India, government on Friday said any "aberrations" do not alter India's history of tolerance.

Attempts to rewrite history `unacceptable`: Putin at Russia`s Auschwitz ceremony

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history as he presided over a politically sensitive ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops.

Europe`s Jewish leader fears `exodus` over rising extremism

Europe is facing a new Jewish exodus in the face of rising anti-Semitism and extremism, the head of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) said Monday.

France to protect Jewish schools, synagogues with army `if necessary`: Jewish leader

Jewish schools and synagogues will be protected "if necessary" by the French army, a leading figure in the country`s Jewish community said after meeting with President Francois Hollande on Sunday. 

France is home to Europe's biggest Jewish and Muslim communities

France, where police ended two hostage dramas on Friday killing Islamist brothers wanted for the Charlie Hebdo massacre and a third suspected extremist who attacked a Jewish supermarket, has the biggest Jewish and Muslim populations in Europe.

Pope, world religious leaders, pledge to fight modern slavery

Pope Francis and Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian leaders pledged on Tuesday to use their religions to help stamp out modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020.

Arab-Israeli soccer match ends in violence

Tensions arising from Israel's recent incidents of violence spread Sunday night to a soccer game between the Arab-Israeli team Bnei Shakhnin and Beitar Jerusalem, whose fans are of the ultranationalist Jewish tendency.

Turkey governor under fire over museum plan for synagogue

A Turkish regional governor was accused Monday of inciting hatred towards the country`s Jewish community after suggesting a synagogue be turned into a museum as a reprisal for Israel`s policies over the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan accused of anti-Semitism
Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan accused of anti-Semitism

Dave Whelan, owner of Championship club Wigan Athletic, has been accused of anti-Semitism and condoning racism after referring to Chinese as "chinks" and saying Jewish people "chase money".

78 new settler homes approved for east Jerusalem: Municipality

The Jerusalem municipality said it approved on Wednesday the construction of 78 new homes for Jewish settlers in two neighbourhoods of occupied Arab east Jerusalem.

Closure of Jerusalem`s Al-Aqsa `declaration of war`: Abbas

Israel`s closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner is tantamount to a "declaration of war," Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Thursday. 

Israel police plan new unit to fight Jerusalem unrest

Israel`s top police officer on Tuesday pledged a new task force to combat Jerusalem unrest, after Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment taken over by Jewish settlers.

Palestinians under 60 barred from Al-Aqsa mosque

Palestinian pilgrims under the age of 60 were Tuesday barred from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque in Old Jerusalem, a day after clashes with Israeli police.

Israeli settlers take over 25 homes in E Jerusalem: Residents

Israeli settlers forcefully took over 25 apartments in Arab east Jerusalem Tuesday, residents and Palestinian leaders said, with the new occupants claiming they had legitimately bought the properties.

Israel kills 2 Palestinian wanted for murdering 3 Jewish teens
Israel kills 2 Palestinian wanted for murdering 3 Jewish teens

Ending more than three months of manhunt, Israeli security forces on Tuesday shot dead two Palestinians blamed for the June kidnapping and killings of three Israeli teenagers that spiralled into a 50-day conflict with Hamas, killing more than 2,100 people.

Members of Jewish sect leave Guatemala village

Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group have been forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences.