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How Far will it swing? European extremist parties are expected to make record gains in the election this weekend

By Toby Axelrod, Valentina Jovanovski, Orlando Radice, Marcus Dysch, Nathalie Rothschild, Cecelia Rencatti, May 22, 2014

Far-right and populist parties could take at least a quarter of the votes in the European Parliamentary elections.

And with parties such as Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France and the Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party in Holland poised to form a parliamentary alliance, alarm bells are ringing.

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Rabbi's 'kill minister' speech is a tragedy, says MK

By Nathan Jeffay, May 22, 2014

The Knesset’s only immigrant from the English-speaking world, Rabbi Dov Lipman, has labelled a speech by a rabbi at a top Israeli yeshivah as a “tragedy”.

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Amia bomb probe ruled ‘unlawful’

By Isabel de Bertodano, May 22, 2014

An Argentine court has declared unconstitutional a controversial agreement between Buenos Aires and Tehran to investigate the Amia bombing.

Prosecutors in Argentina suspect that the 1994 attack on a Jewish community centre was ordered by Iran and now a federal court has found that the joint truth commission, set up at the beginning of 2013, is unlawful.

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Israeli cartoon warns of Iranian nuclear danger

By Charlotte Oliver, May 21, 2014

Israel is attempting to alert the world to the dangers of Iran’s nuclear programme through the medium of animation.

A cartoon film stressing the threat posed by Iran was posted online this week, to coincide with ongoing negotiations in Vienna between Iran and six world powers.

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US rapper apologises after wearing ‘fake Jew’ outfit

By JC reporter, May 20, 2014

US rapper Macklemore has denied accusations of antisemitism after he appeared to don a “fake Jew” outfit for a gig in Seattle.

He issued an apology on his website, insisting that he did not intend to insult Jewish people when he wore a black suit, wig, beard and large plastic nose.

There was widespread outrage when photographs of the concert were posted online.

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Abbas signs oil deal with Venezuela

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2014

Venezuela has signed a deal to provide the Palestinian Authority with oil and diesel fuel.

The South American nation signed the deal on Friday in Caracas with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Venezuelan petroleum company PDVSA is expected to send 240,000 barrels of oil and diesel to the PA.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said: “We welcome the Palestinian people and the Arabs.

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Israel sending aid to flood-hit Serbia and Bosnia

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2014

Israel is providing emergency aid to help the victims of flooding in Serbia and Bosnia.

Israel sent medicine, food, blankets and waterproof clothing by helicopter to the region this weekend after tens and thousands of people were forced to flee their homes.

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Israeli men near top of world life expectancy league

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Israeli men have the highest life expectancy in the Middle East and the fourth highest in the world, according to a report by the World Health Organisation, published on Thursday.

Israeli men born in 2012 will live for an average 80.2 years.

Men from Iceland were likely to live the longest, at an average 81.2 years, followed by Switzerland at 80.7 years and Australia at 80.5 years.

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New deal keeps Iraqi-Jewish archive in US

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Jewish groups have welcomed a deal between the American and Iraqi governments, which will allow the Iraqi Jewish Archive to remain in the United States for an unspecified period.

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