When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu effectively dissolved Parliament and called for fresh elections just 21 months into his four-year term, he said he wanted "a clear mandate to lead Israel" and a more cohesive coalition with which to govern.
The Palestinians anticipated the emergence of a "more right wing and extreme" government. Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, now patron of Labor Friends of Palestine, charged that "Israel has gone from secular to religious" and that...
The Jewish community of Denmark has nowburied its dead. The latest lethal antisemitic incident in Europe followed the pattern set in Paris a month earlier.
A brazen attack on a prominent symbol of free speech - in this case, a symposium hosted by the controversial cartoonist Lars Vilks, was followed immediately, inevitably, by a shooting at a gathering place for Jews, the Copenhagen Synagogue.
Artists and thinkers were targeted because of what they do, and a Jewish volunteer guarding the Synagogue...
The medieval Arab geographer al-Muqaddasi wrote of Jerusalem, "it is a golden goblet full of scorpions." On Tuesday, 18 November 2014, we learnt just what he meant. A sacred site in the holiest of cities was drenched with the blood of pious men.
The four men murdered inside the synagogue were scholars and teachers, untainted by violence of any kind. They were men of community and family, standing in solemn, reflective prayer in a place of worship.