USA

Israel spy Jonathan Pollard banned from father's funeral

By Anna Slater, June 20, 2011

A Facebook campaign to free Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard from a US prison apparently sent the White House switchboard into meltdown on Sunday.

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Yale project is the victim of a menacing zeitgeist

By David Hirsch, June 16, 2011

Neither the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) nor the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia's (EUMC) working definition of antisemitism are perfect but they are vilified more for what they get right than what they get wrong.

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If All Else Fails with Netanyahu

By Orlando Radice, May 19, 2011

There is palpable fear within the Knesset that nothing will come of Mr Netanyahu's visit to Washington and that, come September, when the Palestinians seek recognition of an independent state at the UN, a second "Arab Spring" protest will spark international sympathy and sanctions against Israel.

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Tension as moment of truth looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

Israel and the United States have agreed over the past two weeks to set out the principles for a peace deal and to try to prevent a unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state at the UN in September.

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LA anti-cult group criticises Cruise award

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

The executive director of an educational group on cults has criticised Simon Wiesenthal Centre for handing its highest honour, the Humanitarian Award, to actor Tom Cruise at a ceremony in Beverly Hills last week.

Mr Cruise received the award for his financial support of the centre and its Museum of Tolerance, for which the dinner alone raised $1.4 million.

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What a circus

By Yoav Sivan, May 12, 2011

A Washington courtroom settled down for a ringside seat this week at what must be one of Jewish America's most lurid family disputes.

The case is the latest chapter in a decades-old feud between two heirs of the Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus, estimated to be worth $750 million.

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New York Satmar town is US poorest

April 28, 2011

A strictly Orthodox township in upstate New York is the poorest place in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.

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JDL was probed over rapper death threats

By Paul Berger, April 21, 2011

The Jewish Defence League (JDL) was investigated over the use of death threats to extort money from US rap stars, according to files recently released on the FBI website.

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Mega-donors plan a Jewish Al-Jazeera

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

A group of Jewish philanthropists is planning to create an international television news channel to counter the influence of outlets like Al-Jazeera.

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Malmo mayor accused of lies and antisemitism

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 31, 2011

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has renewed its criticism of Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu, accusing him of failing to combat antisemitism and of "echoing the conspiracy theories against Jews in the 1930s".

In October 2010, the Centre demanded that Mr Reepalu be disqualified from the World Mayor Award because of his "anti-Jewish statements".

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