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Big rise in antisemitic attacks on New York Jews

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2014

Attacks on Jews in New York more than trebled last year, according to figures released by the Anti-Defamation League.

There were 22 assaults on Jewish New Yorkers in 2013, compared to just six in the previous 12 months.

The ADL said it could not explain the significant rise, but it is thought the "knockout game" trend was partly responsible.

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Government to probe Muslim Brotherhood over terror claims

By Daniel Easterman, April 1, 2014

The government is to launch an immediate investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation in the UK.

It is thought the probe will look into the Brotherhood’s involvement in the killing of three tourists in Egypt in February and its planning of terrorist attacks from Britain.

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Pollard may be released to save peace talks

By Rosa Doherty, April 1, 2014

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard may be released by the United States in a bid to save the Middle East peace process, according to new reports.

A US official told the New York Times that no decisions had been made, but confirmed there had been talks about releasing the American jailed for spying for Israel.

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Hate fears push French aliyah to new high

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2014

The level of French aliyah to Israel soared in the first two months of the year, according to new figures.

The Jewish Agency revealed on Sunday that 854 people had left France for Israel in January and February.

That figure was more than three times the number during the same months in 2013.

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Be more like Israel, Iranians tell Rouhani

By JCReporter, March 28, 2014

Iranians have launched an unprecedented attack on the country’s government – for not behaving more like Israel.

The criticism of President Rouhani's administration came following the news that an Iranian soldier taken hostage by militants in Pakistan had been killed.

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Gurlitt says he will return looted art

By Rosa Doherty, March 28, 2014

A German art collector has confirmed that he will return Nazi-looted works to their Jewish owners.

Cornelius Gurlitt, who had hidden a large collection of masterpieces in his Munich flat, has decided to return the pieces of art after taking advice from his lawyers.

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Stockholm Jewish community given cash boost for equality

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 28, 2014

The Stockholm Jewish community has been given half a million krona — around £52,000 — by the Swedish government to promote sexual equality.

The National Board for Youth Affairs, awarded the money to fund a project encouraging Orthodox women to be more involved in religious life.

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French shock at far-right Front National poll wins

By Shirli Sitbon, March 27, 2014

Every recent survey has shown that a growing portion of the French population approves of the National Front’s ideas, mainly on immigration and Europe. And with every election, its results have improved.

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Pope’s two-day visit to Israel is ‘chiefly religious’

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2014

Pope Francis’s two-day visit to the Holy Land is expected to go ahead, despite the strike at Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

According to a source involved in planning the visit in May, the pope will land first in Jordan, travel to Bethlehem in the Palestinian territories and then spend a day in Jerusalem.

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'Family Guy' cartoon condemned for antisemitism

By Lauren Davidson, March 27, 2014

The creator of the American cartoon series Family Guy is again in the spotlight over concern that his comedy is offensive to Jews.

Seth MacFarlane has been accused by Jewish campaigners of including antisemitic stereotypes in a recent episode of the show.

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