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Christian Aid Palestinian refugees report ' misleading'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A report on Palestinian refugees by Christian Aid has been criticised as one-sided and misleading after it referred to a man struggling to work because of settler violence without any evidence to support the claim.

The 24-page Locked Out report claimed to be interested in an "honest and meaningful dialogue about the Palestinian refugee crisis, which engages all stakeholders".

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Chief criticises faith coverage in media

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has criticised media coverage of religion, saying that the failure to report interfaith work was leading to negative perceptions among the public.

He told a House of Commons select committee last Thursday: "Up and down the country, religious groups are getting together across the boundaries between faiths."

But he went on: "It is our complete failure ever to get publi

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Rare White Rose goes to Holocaust Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A Berlin-born Jew who has built up an extensive collection of documents from the Nazi era has donated a rare resistance leaflet to the Beth Shalom Holocaust centre after reading about the centre's work in the JC.

William Kaczynski, who escaped Germany for Britain at the age of three on the eve of the Second World War, acquired the White Rose leaflet several years ago.

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UN Palestine expert posts hate cartoon

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

A UN Human Rights Council expert on Palestine has posted on his blog an antisemitic cartoon of a dog wearing a kippah and urinating on a statue of Blind Justice.

American academic Richard Falk, who has written blogs in support of the flotillas to Gaza, last week published the cartoon by "Mahjoob", a pro-Palestinian cartoonist who has previously depicted Ehud Olmert slicing up a Palestinian baby

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Even the Curry is Kosher in Kasol

By Saransh Sehgal, July 7, 2011

India is a common destination for young Israelis seeking spirituality, free-flowing cannabis and a break from the pressure of security alerts and army service.

Kasol, however, is no ordinary backpacker hangout. Over the past ten years the village, which sits in a lush valley at 5,000ft in the Himalayas, has become nothing less than a miniature Tel Aviv.

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Natalie Portman names her son Alef

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

Natalie Portman has returned to her Jewish roots with the name for her firstborn.

The Jerusalem-born actress has named her son "Alef" after the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Ms Portman is engaged to Alef's father, the Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

However there is no word yet on the possibility of Alef being joined by a sister called Bet.

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Body in lake not missing student Lauren Spierer

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

A body found in an Indiana lake was not that of a Jewish student who went missing more than a month ago.

Forensic staff who carried out an autopsy on the badly decomposed body yesterday ruled a match out with Lauren Spierer on the basis of "external characteristics and body structure".

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Strauss-Kahn is modern-day Dreyfus, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has compared the attitude towards Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the antisemitism encountered by a Jewish artillery officer in 19th century France.

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Spanish flotilla activists occupy Athens embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Spanish pro-Palestinian activists have launched a sit-in in an embassy in Athens to protest against Greece's decision to stop flotillas sailing from their ports to Gaza.

A group of 21 activists have refused to leave the Spanish embassy, although not all are currently inside the building.

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WJR launch Horn of Africa famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A Jewish organisation has launched an online appeal in response to the growing food shortage in the Horn of Africa.

The United Nations warned earlier this week that at least nine million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somilia and Djibouti were facing starvation. The region has been hit by a drought which the UN said was one of the worst in 60 years.

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