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New Zealand Shechita ban on hold

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

New Zealand has temporarily lifted its ban on the kosher slaughter of animals.

Members of the Jewish community have filed a lawsuit against the agriculture minister challenging the Shechita ban, which was brought in at the end of May 2010 to the outrage of Jewish citizens.

The case is expected to be heard in 2011, but until then the practice will not be prohibited.

New Zealand Jewish Council chairman Geoff Levy said the interim decision was positive and added: "Every effort is being made to get chicken and local lamb back on the table as soon as possible".

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Arab who sang at synagogue has gig cancelled

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

A Tunisian pop star has pulled out of a concert after a video emerged of him performing at a synagogue.

Saleem Bakkoush was set to sing at the annual Carthage festival but had his appearance cancelled after the footage surfaced.

Mr Bakkoush said the show at Tunisia’s oldest synagogue in Djerba was several years ago and accused “rivals” of trying to damage his reputation.

Judaism is believed to be Tunisia’s third largest religion, with a population of 1,500 Jews living mainly in Tunis and Djerba.

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US congress suspend military aid to Lebanon

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

A United States congressional committee has temporarily blocked military aid to Lebanon out of fears Hizbollah militants could use it to attack Israel.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee suspended a military package worth more than £60 million (£100 million) which was due to go to the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Howard Berman, the Californian congressman who chairs the committee, announced that the funding would be suspended on August 2 and called on President Obama to look into Hizbollah’s influence on the Lebanese army.

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Ahmadinejad: 'Zionists' told of 9/11 in advance

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

The Iranian president has accused “Zionists” of knowing about the September 11 terror attacks in advance and reiterated his denial of the Holocaust.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a conference in Tehran that no “Zionists” were killed in the World Trade Center, because "one day earlier they were told not to go to their workplace".

Five Israelis were killed when the two planes were flown into the Twin Towers in 2001.

Mr Ahmadinejad also claimed that there were no reports that revealed the names of the around 3,000 victims.

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Third Nazi suspect could face war crimes charges

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

A suspected former Nazi guard who acted as a witness in the trial of John Demjanjuk may be prosecuted for war crimes.

According to Spiegel news magazine German prosecutors are considering charging “Alex N” for involvement in killing Jewish prisoners at Treblinka concentration camp during the Holocaust.

The 93-year-old was born in the Ukraine but gained German citizenship in 1991.

Researchers investigating the case said other camp guards called having heard Alex N boast about shooting Jews.

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Israeli held in Libya released after five months

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has confirmed that an Israeli man imprisoned in Libya for photographing Jewish sites has been freed and is to return home to Tel Aviv.

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Adolf Hitler's parents lose custody appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

The parents of children named after Adolf Hitler and other Nazi figures have lost a custody battle.

Adolf Hitler Campbell, four, and his three-year-old sister JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, will not be returned to the care of their parents after an appeal was denied.

Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie, 2, will also remain in foster care. The three children were removed from their family home in January 2009.

Their unusual names had drawn media attention when Wal-Mart refused to personalise Adolf’s birthday cake.

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'Mossad man' facing extradition to Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

An alleged Mossad agent is to be deported to Germany in the next ten days after a Polish court upheld an earlier ruling.

Uri Brodsky, an Israeli suspected of involvement in the killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai, was arrested on a Europe-wide warrant in Warsaw in June.

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Jewish businessman buys Newsweek

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

A Jewish businessman has brought one of the most influential and oldest news magazines in the world – for less than the price of a copy.

Sidney Harman, 91, reportedly paid just $1 (60 pence) to purchase Newsweek from its former owners, the Washington Post Company.

The weekly publication, first published in 1933, is estimated to have lost approximately lost £28 million over the past three years.

Mr Harman, who served as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under Jimmy Carter, has reportedly agreed to keep on the majority of the current staff.

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Petition to extradite convicted Nazi

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Jerusalem lawyers have amassed 150 signatures on their petition to the Israeli government asking them to put pressure on Germany to extradite a convicted Nazi executioner living in Bavaria.

Dutch-born Klaas Faber, 88, was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death in Holland in 1947. The fifth most wanted Nazi war criminal, Faber was a member of a roving SS death squad and SS officer at Westerbork concentration camp – one of the places Anne Frank was held.

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