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French Jews turn to Krav Maga for self-defence

By Sandy Rashty, October 28, 2014

Young French Jews are now taking more Krav Maga lessons in a bid to protect themselves against the spike in antisemitism.

According to a report in Arutz Sheva, last week French teenagers went to Israel to partake in a special martial arts defence programme in Netanya called ‘Magen’.

The defence programme is geared to protecting French Jewish schools and synagogues.

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‘1,000 Nazis spied for America’

By David Lazarus, October 28, 2014

At least 1,000 ex-Nazis – some of them certainly war criminals responsible for murdering thousands of Jews – were recruited to spy for the US at the peak of the Cold War, the New York Times reported.

They were reportedly protected by the Central Intelligence Agency and FBI, both institutions infused by the post-war paranoia of Communism.

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Netanyahu approves fresh settlements

By Josh Jackman, October 27, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authorised the construction of more than 1,000 houses in East Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line.

Around 660 homes will be built in Ramat Shlomo, with 400 more slated for construction in Har Homa. If the process goes ahead, it will end an unofficial freeze on settlement building which was enacted in May last year.

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Anti-boycott app? Forget it, use BDS tech to buy Israeli

By Nathan Jeffay, October 26, 2014

A new app is promising to boost to the campaign to counter the boycott of Israel by providing information on products originating from the Jewish state.

The app is called Am Yisrael Buy, a play on the phrase "am Yisrael chai", which means "the Jewish People lives".

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Latvian musical celebrates life of Nazi commander

By Josh Jackman, October 24, 2014

A musical which celebrates the life of an alleged Nazi war criminal has been condemned by the Israeli government.

Cukurs, Herbert Cukurs, which premiered in Latvia earlier this month, is about a Nazi pilot who was deputy commander of Arajs Kommando, a unit which killed around 26,000 Jews.

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Maccabi player turns jihadi

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

A former Maccabi footballer is facing trial in Germany for joining terror group Islamic State (IS).

Kreshnik Berisha, 20, is Frankfurt-born and was a member of Maccabi Frankfurt's football team less than three years ago, but reportedly became radicalised at college before travelling to fight in Syria.

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Gangster, rabbi, copper - who is the real Mr Gross?

By David Lazarus, October 23, 2014

Is he a genuine Jewish convert or convict and con man?

Those were the main questions surrounding the saga of Rabbi Avraham Gross, who appeared in a New York court last week facing a slew of felony charges for posing as a police officer.

He pleaded not guilty.

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Butcher sold fake kosher cuts 'for years'

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

Two German butchers have admitted to selling 88,000lb of fake kosher meat to boost their profits.

The owners of Frankfurt's Aviv store made more than £440,000 by peddling cheap cuts of beef and lamb to Jewish individuals, schools and other institutions at marked-up prices.

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Dieudonné sues for being called an 'antisemite'

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2014

Comedian Dieudonné, who has several convictions in France for inciting hatred of Jews and mocking the Holocaust, is taking the president of the French Jewish umbrella group to court for accusing him of antisemitism.

Roger Cukierman, president of the French council of Jewish institutions, went before a magistrate this week after Dieudonné filed a complaint against him for defamation.

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Nurse had sex with Nazis to infect them

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

An Czech woman has been posthumously honoured for gaining revenge on Nazis by sleeping with soldiers to infect them with sexually transmitted diseases.

After a campaign by retired lawyer Karel Friml, who lives in the woman's former home, she has been commemorated with honorary plaque which was placed on the outside of her house.

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