United States

New York Shomrim in neighbourhood feud

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A dispute has broken out in New York between an Orthodox Jewish security force and a man arrested for hitting a rabbi.

Dwight Chaparro was charged with felony assault after battering the 57-year-old Rabbi Mordechai Stern over the head with a wooden shelf. The attack was said to be because of a parking space.

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Body in lake linked to Lauren Spierer disappearance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a Jewish student from New York are to carry out an autopsy on a female body found in a lake 50 miles from where she went missing.

Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 20 on the campus of Indiana University, where she was studying.

Her family has vowed not to stop looking for the 20-year-old and thousands of people have joined search parties.

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Body in lake linked to Lauren Spierer disappearance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a Jewish student from New York are to carry out an autopsy on a female body found in a lake 50 miles from where she went missing.

Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 20 on the campus of Indiana University, where she was studying.

Her family has vowed not to stop looking for the 20-year-old and thousands of people have joined search parties.

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Hillary Clinton: Gaza flotilla is not necessary or useful

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Hillary Clinton has condemned the pro-Palestinian activists who plan on sailing a flotilla to Gaza as unhelpful and provocative.

The US Secretary of State said the plans, which would see a flotilla departing later this month with the intention of breaching Israel's sea blockade of Gaza, would only serve to increase tensions in the region.

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US warn American flotilla group not to sail to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

American pro-Palestinian activists planning to join a flotilla attempting to challenge the blockade of Gaza have been warned by their government that they will be putting themselves in danger.

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On this day: Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman killed

By Anna Slater, June 21, 2011

Michael Schwerner, or "Mickey" as he was known to his friends, and Andrew Goodman, were political rights activists – a job that caused their untimely death by the Klu Klux Klan.

Mr Schwerner and Mr Goodman met when they both joined the Congress on Racial Equality in Meridian, Mississippi to take part in Freedom Summer.

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FZY: independent Young Judea 'extremely positive'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Youth movement FZY has offered reassurance that the decision by its US partner to split from its longtime parent organisation will not impact programmes for British teenagers.

Young Judea announced last week that it would become independent from Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, after more than 70 years of collaboration.

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No feet - but he's suing over a pedicure

By Ellen Tumposky, June 16, 2011

A wheelchair-bound Chasidic Jew has filed more than 80 lawsuits in the past year over handicapped access, including suing a pedicure salon in Manhattan - even though he has no feet.

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Search continues for missing Jewish student

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The family of a Jewish student from New York, who went missing from her university campus ten days ago, has set up a website in the hope of finding her.

Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen on the night of June 3, leaving a party with friends at Indiana University. Her keys were found in a nearby alleyway.

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Foreskin man: Bird? Plane? Or libel?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero - Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants to make circumcision punishable by imprisonment, has produced two issues of the 'comic book'.

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