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Gaza fuel crisis triggers U.N. intervention

(JTA) — The United Nations began distributing fuel in Gaza to keep critical infrastructure running, an official said. “Fuel is actually coming in, as of today, through the Kerem Shalom,” a border crossing with Israel, U.N. Middle East Special Coordinator Robert Serry told a news conference in northern Gaza Thursday. The fuel, he told the […]

Fire ravages Belarus’ oldest functioning shul

(JTA) — One of Europe’s oldest functioning synagogues sustained heavy damage in a fire that broke out in the city of Grodno in Belarus. The flames erupted Tuesday night as a result of malfunctioning heating system and consumed the dining room and part of the second floor of Grodno’s Great Choral Synagogue, according to a […]

U.K. Orthodox body condemns shul for allowing women to hold Torah

(JTA) — Britain’s umbrella body of Orthodox communities is condemning a London Orthodox synagogue that allows women to hold Torah scrolls. Earlier this year, Golders Green United Synagogue began giving women an opportunity to handle the Torah scroll on Shabbat mornings and festivals, and the change has been well received by members of the community, according […]

Seeking Kin: From scrawls behind a photo, a family tree grows

The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost friends and relatives. BALTIMORE (JTA) — Round faced and wavy haired, the little girl in dark overalls is standing on a traditional easy chair in her family’s Chicago apartment on Winthrop Street. She is cradling a doll — perhaps a newly opened gift for the second […]

Israeli deputy minister: Kerry legitimizes terrorism

(JTA) — An Israeli deputy minister has accused U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of giving “legitimacy to terror” and misunderstanding Middle East politics. “John Kerry, who warns us of an intifada, does not understand the Middle East, and he is not worthy to be a mediator when he goes back to his country. His […]

Obama’s problem, Saudi Arabia’s concerns and Israel’s new goals

The bad news: The struggle over the Iran deal has poisoned Israel’s relationship with the U.S. The good: Tehran will be forced to reduce its involvement in terror activities.     

UK Supreme Court Rules Against Religious Liberty in B&B Case

ICC Note: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has unanimously ruled against the Christian owners of a bed and breakfast who refused to allow unmarried couples to book a single room together. The couple, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, ran the B&B out of their own home and said that they applied the police to […]

The new Israeli Arab hipsters: Dancing through the culture clash

A bubbling new sub-culture is taking hold among young Palestinians living in Israel.     

Chinese Authorities Obstruct Lawyers for Arrested Pastor, Church Members

ICC Note: In central Henan Province, the arrest of a Protestant pastor and 23 of his church members continues to make waves. Earlier this week police authorities managed to completely obstruct a human rights lawyer, Xia Jun, hired by the persecuted church of Nanle County, from visiting with detained pastor Zhang Shaojie or his church […]

Fitch upgrades Israel's credit outlook to positive, citing shrinking deficit

Firm affirms country’s ‘A’ rating.     

Christian Boy Tortured and Murdered in India Laid to Rest

ICC Note: Anmol, a 7-year-old Christian boy from northern India, was laid to rest while over 200 mourners looked on. Anmol was kidnapped, brutally tortured and eventually drown in a pond because his father was a successful evangelist. Many lamenting this awful death have also reviled how normal persecution is for many of the Christian […]

Israel invited to join UN Human Rights Council's Western nations group

Admission to the Western European and Others Group stands to ease Israel’s isolation within the UN.     

Pakistani Christian Describes Difficulty Converting from Islam to Christianity

ICC Note: Steven Masood, a Pakistani Christian now living in the U.S., had to travel a very difficult road to his spiritual salvation. Born a Muslim in Pakistan, Masood had to risk his life in order to convert to Christianity. Buried alive, nearly beheaded and jailed many times for his conversion, Masood is thankful that […]

Hezbollah arms dealer sentenced to life in Nigeria, two others freed

Weapons found at convict’s home were to be used in attacks on Israeli, American targets.     

Two Christians Returned by Kidnappers in Delga

Stories from Christians Taken Hostage By Todd Daniels and ICC’s Egypt Representative 11/29/2013 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 26th, a nightmare for two Christians from the village of Delga came to an end. Just a few hours after the two Christians had been safely returned to […]

Egypt Islamists rally to defy draconian protest ban

Riot police fire tear gas at pro-Morsi activists as clashes erupt during weekly demonstrations across Egypt.     

Zarif: Iran will not enter nuclear negotiations that include Israel

Implementation of Geneva nuclear deal to start by early January, Iranian envoy says.     

Turkey to fund fuel for Gaza stricken utilities

UN begins to distribute fuel in attempt to counter crisis as Egypt crackdown on smuggling tunnels continues.     

Israel-EU settlement compromise: When funding at stake, heaven and earth can be moved

That is the message from Israel’s decision to join the Horizon 2020 scientific project, despite the EU boycott on settlements.     

UN: Syrian refugee children increasingly working, not in school

Growing number of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan are becoming primary providers for families, research shows.     

Kanye West: Obama isn't as well connected as Jews

Black people don’t have the connections to oil and big money that Jews do, says famous rapper.     

Druze soldiers detained at entrance to Dimona nuclear facility during drill

Research center’s security singled out three Druze soldiers for additional scrutiny while their fellow soldiers were allowed in.     

Sufganiya: The doughnut that used to be a latke

The oldest Hebrew reference to food resembling Hanukkah’s staple pastry started off as that other greasy holiday delicacy.     

Media tycoon Saban says dreams of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president

Billionaire George Soros, another Democratic party bankroller, also pledged support for the wife of former President Bill Clinton last month.     

Police arrest four suspected in Jerusalem rock attack

Condition of two-year-old injured when car was stoned improves; police suspect act was nationalistically motivated.     

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