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KKK opens its doors to Jews

By Dan Friedman, November 13, 2014

In a twist worthy of a comedy sketch, the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group in the Rocky Mountains has suggested that the notoriously racist group should be more accepting of black people, gays and even Jews - to the extent that they could even become members.

The KKK is best known for wearing white robes and hoods, burning crosses and lynching black people, but it emerged earlier this month that

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Gang firebombs sushi bar

By Michel Gurfinkiel, November 13, 2014

A group of youths tried to firebomb a kosher bagel and sushi bar in an up-market district of Paris last week.

According to the owners and several witnesses, the attackers threw a paving stone and then a Molotov cocktail at the restaurant. The fire was quickly put out without causing any harm.

The attackers fled as soon as police officers and firemen arrived.

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Pow-wow with the Navajo

By Shyam Kumar, November 13, 2014

Out of persecution can emerge mutual understanding, as the blossoming relationship between New Mexico's Navajo and Jewish communities is demonstrating.

This month, representatives from the two groups met in Albuquerque to compare histories and learn from each other's struggles.

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Nicki Minaj says sorry over ‘Nazi’ images in video

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2014

World-famous rapper Nicki Minaj has apologised for featuring Nazi-style imagery in her new video.

The video, for her song Only, features swastika-style flags, a gas mask with the word “chamber” over it and shows the rap star being saluted by troops wearing red armbands.

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KKK leader says Jews, blacks and gays can join up

By Dan Friedman, November 11, 2014

In a twist worthy of a comedy sketch, the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group in America’s Rocky Mountains has suggested that the notoriously racist group should be more accepting of Jews, blacks and gays — even to the extent that they could become members.

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Israel fears US wants Iran nuclear deal at any price

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 11, 2014

Israeli leaders remain deeply sceptical of American intentions on the eve of the crucial stage of talks to reach a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear programme before the November 24 deadline.

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Israeli killed in second terror attack

By Josh Jackman, November 10, 2014

A young woman has been killed and two others injured in a terror attack in the West Bank.

The three Israelis were stabbed at a junction just outside Alon Shvut, in Gush Etzion. The assailant, reportedly a man from Hebron called Maher al Hashlamon, was shot by a guard at the scene and later died from his injuries.

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Anger over ‘disturbing’ Nazi-style imagery in Nicki Minaj video

By Josh Jackman, November 10, 2014

World-famous rapper Nicki Minaj has been condemned for featuring Nazi-style imagery in her new video.

Ms Minaj, the most successful female rap artist in history, released an animated video for her song Only which features swastika-style flags, a gas mask with the word “chamber” over it and the rap star being saluted by troops wearing red armbands.

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ICC throws out Gaza flotilla 'war crimes' case

By Shyam Kumar, November 7, 2014

The International Criminal Court will not action over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine Turkish activists were killed in 2010.

Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that despite having “reasonable basis” to believe war crimes had been committed, the incident would not be of “sufficient gravity” to justify further action by the ICC.

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The shul that time forgot

By Isabel De Bertodano, November 6, 2014

One night last week as I was walking through central Lublin with a group of Jews from London, an Orthodox rabbi among us was approached by an excited, middle aged man wearing a black hoodie.

Pawel Matraszek accosted the rabbi, speaking in German and then Yiddish. "I can't believe it, a real Jewish rabbi is here," he said.

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