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Catholic who took Jewish daughter to mass cleared

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010

A Catholic man from Chicago who took his Jewish daughter to midnight mass has been cleared of contempt of court.

Joseph Reyes's ex-wife Rebecca Shapiro applied for a restraining order in 2009 to prevent him from exposing their three-year-old daughter to any religion other than Judaism.

The couple was embroiled in a custody battle at the time.

Mr Reyes had previously arranged for Ela to be baptised and even sent his former wife a photograph of the ceremony.

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New York Shul attackers planned missile launch

By Paul Berger, October 21, 2010

Four Muslim converts have been found guilty of attempting to blow up two New York synagogues and to shoot down military planes.

After eight days of deliberations, a New York jury this week returned
a verdict of guilty on all eight counts against James Cromitie, 44, and David Williams, 29. The charges included attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Onta Williams, 34, and Laguerre Payen, 29, were acquitted of attempting to kill officers and other employees of the United States. They were convicted on the remaining seven counts.

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Analysis: To really gauge Iran, look inside it

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 21, 2010

On the eve of the Islamic Revolution, the Shah had an army that could project power across the region - its planes could fly to Egypt, its warships could sail to Madagascar. But despite the military might and the considerable oil wealth amassed to finance his imperial ambitions, the Shah's might was a paper tiger. His rule crumbled under the weight of the uprising that eventually swept him from power and swept Ayatollah Khomeini and his Islamic Revolution to Iran's helm.

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Ahmadinejad: welcome to Iran's western axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 21, 2010

There was a farcical ending to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit last week to Lebanon.

Hours before his departure on Thursday, he had one last meeting, at the Iranian embassy in Beirut. His local ally, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, emerged from his hideout bringing him, as a tribute, a rifle supposedly taken from an Israeli soldier during the Second Lebanon War. But it was a sham. The rifle was an AK-47 Kalashnikov - not a weapon used by Israeli forces.

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Brazilian schools to teach about Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, October 20, 2010

Schoolchildren in one of Brazil’s largest cities are to be given compulsory Holocaust education.

Following a spate of neo-Nazi attacks in the area, the authorities in the southern state capital Porto Alegre are to add the topic to the public school curriculum.

The 96 schools in the city will be the first in Brazil that are legally required to teach about the rise of Nazism. As of next year, some 60,000 pupils will take classes on the subject.

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America's Next Top Model: Esther Petrack's mother hits back

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2010

The mother of an Orthodox Jewish reality show contestant has blamed bad editing for the “scandalous” suggestion that her daughter would give up Shabbat for the sake of her modelling career.

Esther Petrack, 18, is one of the candidates for the latest season of America's Next Top Model.

From a religious family in Boston, she was born in Jerusalem and attended a Jewish school.

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Activist: Israel boycott does mean end of Jewish state

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2010

A prominent pro-Palestinian campaigner has admitted plainly that purpose of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement is to hasten the end of a Jewish state in the Middle East and not to find a route to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

Supporters of a cultural or academic boycott have in the past claimed that the tactic is a way to push for an end to the occupation.

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Chilean miners offered free Israel holiday

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2010

The Chilean miners have been invited to spend an “uplifting and extraordinary” Christmas in Israel.

The tourism minister, Stas Misezhnikov, has offered “Los 33” the chance to spend the holiday season in Israel as official guests.

The men, rescued last week from underneath the Atacama Desert, have been invited to see the Christian holy sites along with their partners. The trip would include free flights, accommodation and guided tours.

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Israeli billionaire arrested for sons' wild party

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2010

An Israeli business tycoon has been arrested after his teenage sons held an alcohol-fuelled party at the family’s Florida mansion – and invited 500 underage guests.

Shlomi Rasabi and his wife Jeannie agreed to stay upstairs in their £4.6 million home while their 16 and 17 year-old sons hosted the event.

Police went to the property in the wealthy suburb of Boca Raton after receiving calls about noise disturbance. After they found a group of teenage girls vomiting outside, they raided the party and discovered that the boys’ parents were at home.

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European Jewish communities on 'brink of extinction'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2010

The president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) has warned of “a very dark period for the Jews in Europe.”

Moshe Kantor said: “Small Jewish communities are facing a situation where they are being physically, verbally and psychologically threatened by fundamentalist elements and their extreme left-wing cohorts on one side and the far-right neo-Nazis on the other.”

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