Australia

Peter Singer: is he really the most dangerous man in the world?

By Dan Goldberg, August 16, 2012

He has been labelled a “Nazi” and branded “the most dangerous man on earth”. And yet he has also been hailed as “one of the world’s 100 most influential people” and “among the most influential philosophers alive”.

Welcome to the schizophrenic world that surrounds Peter Singer, the Australian-born moral philosopher.

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Alleged Nazi wins extradition case

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

An accused Nazi war criminal has won an extradition court case and will not stand trial for the murder of a Jewish teenager in Hungary.

Charles Zentai, 90, was accused of beating 14-year-old Peter Balazs to death in Budapest in 1944 for not wearing a yellow star.

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Trial date set for Australian child abuse case

By Dan Goldberg, July 19, 2012

The trial of a Jewish man, accused of multiple counts of child molestation against students at an Orthodox boys’ school in Melbourne, will begin next year.

Judge Sue Pullen ordered the trial of David Cyprys, a former security guard contracted to Yeshivah College, to begin on July 29, 2013.

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Australian cardinal says Jewish people 'inferior'

By Dan Goldberg, April 19, 2012

The head of Australia's Catholic Church apologised for what Jewish leaders described as "deeply problematical" comments he made about Jews during a public debate.

Cardinal George Pell said last week during a debate with renowned atheist Richard Dawkins on Q&A, a highly regarded current affairs talk show aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, that the Jews were intellectually and mora

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Australian Catholic cardinal attacks 'little Jewish people'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

One of the most high profile figures in the Australian Catholic church has publicly labelled the Jewish population as intellectually limited.

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Australian Jews complain about 'demeaning' series The Promise

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

Australia's Jewish community has criticised a national broadcaster for screening the controversial British series The Promise.

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Israeli parking scammer took £96k

November 17, 2011

An Israeli man was jailed for up to four years this week for scamming around $AU150,000 (£96,000) from parking metres in Melbourne.

Josef Andelman, 48, who worked as a security officer employed to collect coins from parking metres, had pleaded not guilty to 85 charges of theft earlier this month.

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Sex charge for youth worker

By Dan Goldberg, November 10, 2011

A former Chabad-Lubavitch youth leader has been arrested in Melbourne for alleged child molestation as police alleged more Jewish minors were sexually abused in a separate case.

Aron "Ezzy" Kestecher, 26, has been charged with four counts of indecent acts on a child under 16.

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'Accidental' fire ruins Sydney Yom Kippur

By Dan Goldberg, October 6, 2011

More than 1,000 Sydney Jews have been left in limbo for Yom Kippur after a fire severely damaged their synagogue on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

Seven fire trucks were required to extinguish the blaze at Kehillat Masada on Sydney's north shore at around 11pm last Wednesday.

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Watch the burial - live on the web

By Dan Goldberg, September 22, 2011

A Jewish burial society in Australia has begun trialling live web streaming of funerals over the Internet.

Melbourne Chevra Kadisha installed a camera at the prayer houses of the two main cemeteries in Melbourne, according to a report in Friday's Australian Jewish News.

The web streaming costs about $AU250, according to Chevra Kadisha director Fred Grossman.

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