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Europe forming its own Anti-Defamation League

By Toby Axelrod, December 8, 2011

A new European task force is being created to fight rising antisemitism on the continent, Jewish leaders in Brussels announced last week.

The new body will be run with the help of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League and will be modelled on the American organisation.

The announcement came at a conference hosted in Brussels by the European Jewish Union (EJU) and Tzedek, a European Jewish

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Hamas exits Syria - and orbit of Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2011

Hamas has largely deserted its headquarters in the Syrian capital in recent weeks, in what has become an unofficial departure by the Palestinian movement.

The exodus reflects both the widely-held belief that the Assad regime is entering its dying days, and the proximity of Hamas to Islamist elements in the Syrian opposition.

Hamas was founded 24 years ago in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian mem

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Ad enough: campaign to bring Jews home cancelled by Israel

By Nathalie Rothschild, December 8, 2011

Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the cancellation of an advertising campaign aimed at encouraging Israeli expatriates in the United States to return home.

Sponsored by Israel's Immigration and Absorption Ministry, the campaign warned Israelis that they may become assimilated and lose touch with their Jewish roots.

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New £416m payout to Holocaust survivors

By Toby Axelrod, December 8, 2011

Germany has agreed to offer a new compensation deal to Holocaust survivors who spent time in ghettos and in hiding during the Second World War.

Thousands of survivors had been turned down for benefits because they had been in ghettos or in hiding for less than 18 months.

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US ambassador accused of 'downplaying' antisemitism

By Nathalie Rothschild, December 8, 2011

Leading Republicans and Jewish groups are calling for the dismissal of the US ambassador to Belgium following his remarks on antisemitism.

In a speech to a conference organised by the European Jewish Union (EJU) in Brussels last week, Howard Gutman said that Muslim antisemitism in Europe "would clearly abate" if a lasting peace were achieved in the Middle East.

Mr Gutman made a distinction b

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Billionaire Adelson backs Yad Vashem

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

Israel's Holocaust museum has received a massive boost this week thanks to a donation from one of America's richest men.

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson pledged to give Yad Vashem almost £16 million to support its International School for Holocaust Studies, matching the amount he gave to it in 2006.

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Republicans in Washington to woo Jewish voters

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

Republican candidates will be vying for the attention of Jewish voters at a panel session today.

Although the Democratic Party has traditionally enjoyed the backing of much of the Jewish community, the Republicans are hoping that disillusion with President Obama will help secure new voters next November.

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Facebook founder Zuckerberg's photos leaked online

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

It seems even the founder of Facebook isn't immune to having his privacy invaded.

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Banker convicted for stalking former lover

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

An employee of JP Morgan pretended to be a Mossad agent as part of a ploy to win back his former girlfriend and colleague.

The year-long affair between US bankers Daniela Rausnitz and David Gray, who was married at the time, came to a head yesterday at West London Magistrates' court. Mr Gray, 28, was convicted of harassing her after the couple broke up.

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Neo-Nazi Monopoly: Pass the swastika, collect £200

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

A Holocaust survivors' group has reacted with horror at the emergence of a neo-Nazi version of the popular board game, Monopoly.

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