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Kerry denies Iran nuclear deal as Israelis express anger

By Sandy Rashty, November 8, 2013

Israeli leaders have hit out against a reported deal between the United States and Iran.

US Foreign Secretary John Kerry is meeting his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva. Sources have suggested that the US will offer sanctions relief in exchange for “verifiable measures” on Iran’s uranium enrichment programme.

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Leather-clad bikers burn up the stereotypes in trans-America odyssey

By Rosa Doherty, November 1, 2013

Jewish voyages of self-discovery are not uncommon, but few of them feature leather jackets and high-performance motorbikes.

Indeed, so unusual is the “Ride to Remember” — in which seven riders and a female rabbi traversed the North American continent on two wheels — that it became the subject of a Sky Atlantic documentary series.

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Netanyahu and Kerry discuss peace talks in Rome

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend a seven-hour meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome today.

The two will focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Iran’s nuclear programme, and the threats in Egypt and Syria.

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ADL enters row over 'offensive' sports team names

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2013

Sports teams with offensive nicknames or logos should consider changing their identity, the head of the Anti-Defamation League has said.

Abraham Foxman's comments were made as part of the long-running debate on whether the Washington Redskins American Football team should be renamed.

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Netanyahu promises to “tell the truth” about Iran

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Washington yesterday vowing to “tell the truth” about Iran.

Alarmed by thawing relations between Iran and the west, Mr Netanyahu said: “I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles.”

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CIA arms US-backed Syrian rebels

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

While the US-Russia deal to dismantle Syria’s chemical-weapons arsenal may have put the plans for a military strike on hold, there are signs that a clandestine campaign by the US to arm the rebels on the ground via the CIA is gaining pace.

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American Apparel goes for the Chasidic look

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

American Apparel, the fashion brand known for producing racy posters featuring waif-like models in provocative poses, has come out with a new, head-turning ad. But instead of the usual scantily clad girl, it shows a fully-clothed Satmar Jew.

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Aipac and Adelson back strike on Assad

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), the main pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington, has launched a major campaign to convince members of Congress to vote in favour of US military intervention in Syria.

Aipac’s drive has included dispatching more than 250 leaders and activists to lobby Congress, starting from this week, Politico reported.

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Shut your cake hole: Weiner flips in bakery

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who exited the Democratic primaries this week with just five per cent of the vote, gave his car-crash campaign one final twist last week.

Mr Weiner lost his cool during a campaign trail stop at a kosher bakery in Brooklyn’s Borough Park when a customer heckled him for being “married to an Arab” and accused him of being “deviant”.

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Shabbat still holy for alleged drug dealers

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2013

A group of alleged drug dealers, charged this week by New York police, would stop selling their wares on Shabbat.

The men, who were arrested in April for selling heroin and prescription painkillers from their Brooklyn base, reportedly alerted customers to their observance via text.

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