Religion

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

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The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Convert Or Die

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He was warned not to go out onto the street, even for the weekly shop but his brother laughed and told him not to stop fretting like an old woman. Confidently, they walked out of their house and proceeded down the block , when suddenly they were set upon by masked men. They kicked them into a kneeling position and ... Read More »

Marriage falls out of favour for young Europeans as austerity and apathy bite

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Experts blame economic and cultural changes for decline in weddings Marriage rates have fallen dramatically in most major European countries over the past decade, as austerity, generational crisis and apathy towards the institution deter record numbers of young people from tying the knot. The number of weddings has fallen to historical lows in France and Spain and has tumbled in other Catholic countries such as ... Read More »

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

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(Reuters) – A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term cease-fire moved ahead. Israel’s military said it would hold fire starting at 8 a.m. (6 a.m. British Time) but would pursue its search ... Read More »

The Inescapable Choice: Welcoming or Refusing the Stranger?

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When faced with the stranger, do we open or close the door? Do we reach for a weapon or extend an open hand? This is one of the inaugural dramas of human ethics. Hosting the stranger is not just some abstract virtue, however, but a living existential struggle – a struggle with crucial contemporary implications. The ethos of hospitality is never guaranteed; ... Read More »

The last Christians flee Mosul in Iraq

Image: Christian refugees from Mosul found refuge in Tilkef, a partly Christian City close to Mosul (Aid to the Church in Need)

On the walls of some houses in Mosul, members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are daubing the letter “N”, for Nazarene. It’s their way of describing the city’s Christian population. ISIS takes over the vacant houses and strips the fleeing residents of their money, jewellery, even mobile phones. The Middle East co-ordinator of the international Catholic ... Read More »

Isis Smuggling $50m of Oil Monthly to fund Medieval Caliphate in Iraq and Syria

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The Islamic State, which reportedly generates $50m (£25m) a month in oil operations in neighbouring Syria, has expanded its oil business in Iraq to fund its recently declared ‘caliphate.’ Having seized vast swathes of territory across Iraq, the jihadist group has begun selling crude oil and gasoline on black markets to fund its cross-border caliphate. Militants from the Islamic State ... Read More »

Not All Jews Support Israel

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To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me.” But for Sam Weinstein, and for around 30 others, me included, tucked together in a small Jewish bloc at Saturday’s Gaza demo in ... Read More »