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Jewish-born jihadi sent to prison

By Claire Moses , May 2, 2014

The Jewish-born founder of RevolutionMuslim.com, a radical Islamic website, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison by a US court last Friday for disseminating threats against Jewish organisations.

Youssef al-Khattab, 42 — born in New Jersey as Joseph Leonard Cohen — pleaded guilty in October last year to inciting terrorism, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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‘KKK killer had sex with black male’

By Sabastien Malo, May 2, 2014

A federal prosecutor has claimed that the white supremacist and homophobe charged with shooting dead three people at Jewish centres near Kansas City earlier this month was once caught having sex with a black male prostitute.

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Agunah freed in radical court ruling

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2014

A daring ruling by the Safed Rabbinical Court in northern Israel last month ended a seven-year ordeal for a 34 year-old woman who had been considered an agunah (chained woman) since her husband was badly injured in a motorcycle accident.

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Who shot the macho mayor?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2014

Mystery still surrounds the identity of the attackers who shot and severely wounded the Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

On Monday night, Gennadiy Kernes was flown to Israel, where his condition was stabilised after surgery in Haifa’s Elisha hospital.

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Abbas’s Shoah recognition papers over a murky record

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2014

There is a wide range of attitudes to the Holocaust among Palestinians, ranging from outright denial and support of Nazism to attempts by moderates to learn about the genocide of European Jewry.

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Silently, peace talks fade into the ether

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2014

The April 29 deadline for extending the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority expired with little reaction this week as all sides, including the American mediators, seemed to be focusing on other problems.

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Halimi filmmaker decries ‘sick society’

By Colin Randall , May 1, 2014

One of the most disturbing criminal cases in modern French history is about to be relived in raw and harrowing detail.

A film chronicling the last days of Ilan Halimi, a young Parisian Jew murdered by a self-proclaimed Islamist, was premiered in France on Wednesday night.

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Major Islamic conference in Paris accused of hosting hate speaker

By Shirli Sitbon, May 1, 2014

A speaker at France’s biggest Islamic event, the annual meeting of the Union of Islamic Organisations (UOIF), told the crowd that “all the misery in the world originates from the Jews and the Zionist barbarism”, according to a report in Le Figaro.

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Antisemitism in France: the statistics do not look good

By Naomi Firsht , May 1, 2014

Last Sunday, the European Jewish Congress and Tel Aviv University reported that there were more violent antisemitic incidents in France in 2013 than any country in the world.

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Israeli ‘bomb’ quiz explodes on global TV

By Nathan Jeffay, May 1, 2014

For a country with bomb-detecting security scanners in every shopping centre and leaders who constantly talk about the Iranian nuclear programme, Israel’s latest television craze is surprising — a bomb-themed quiz show.

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