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Fears for repeat of Mumbai terror attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

Police in Mumbai are on high alert after receiving warning that members of the same terrorist group blamed for striking a Jewish centre and other locations in 2008 were planning to launch another attack.

The Mumbai police commissioner said they had been given warning that four militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-E-Taiba had entered the Indian city with the aim of repeating the carnage of November 2008, when more than 170 people were killed.

Over the two day killing spree, gunmen laid siege to the Taj Mahal hotel and a busy train station.

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Fears for repeat of Mumbai terror attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

Police in Mumbai are on high alert after receiving warning that members of the same terrorist group blamed for striking a Jewish centre and other locations in 2008 were planning to launch another attack.

The Mumbai police commissioner said they had been given warning that four militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-E-Taiba had entered the Indian city with the aim of repeating the carnage of November 2008, when more than 170 people were killed.

Over the two day killing spree, gunmen laid siege to the Taj Mahal hotel and a busy train station.

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Greek priest's antisemitic rant condemned

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

The Greek government has described an antisemitic and Holocaust-denying slur by one of the country’s senior religious figures on national television as “unacceptable” and an insult to Greek culture.

Earlier this week the Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim, a high-level priest, said in an interview on the country’s most influential television station that “Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism.”

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Director of Polish Holocaust memorial attacked

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2010

The Polish government has been urged to clamp down on antisemitism in the wake of an attack on a non-Jewish man who works to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for a “swift response” after bricks with swastikas on them and firecrackers were thrown through the window of Tomasz Pietrasiewicz’s home in Lublin.

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Swedish community demands protection

By Nathalie Rothschild, December 22, 2010

The Swedish Jewish community has appealed to the authorities for greater security provision after an Islamic suicide bomber struck a busy shopping street in the capital, Stockholm.

In a statement, Lena Posner-Körösi, president of the Swedish Central Jewish Council, said: "We have, on numerous occasions, expressed our concern to the authorities and explained our vulnerability. We know from experience that Jewish targets are appealing to terrorists."

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Charities face losing Ponzi millions

By Ellen Tumposky, December 22, 2010

Jewish organisations ranging from major players to small non-profits will be forced to give up millions of dollars as a result of "clawback" lawsuits filed by the trustee representing the victims of fraudster Bernard Madoff.

While Hadassah was never sued by Irving Picard, the trustee who this month unleashed a barrage of clawback actions, it announced earlier this month that it had agreed to pay back $45 million.

This sum, agreed after lengthy negotiations with Mr Picard, was slightly less than half of the profits Hadassah had made from investing with Madoff since 1988.

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'Kosher' gym takes off in Paris

By Michel Zlotowski, December 22, 2010

Finally, paris has what communities in many European cities have long yearned for: a place where the observant can keep fit and keep modest at the same time.

Kosher Gym, located in the heart of Paris's northern Jewish community in the 19th arrondissement, offers the facilities of "regular" gyms - including showers and locker rooms - but, as its creator, David Cohen, says: "There is no problem of tzniut because no male is around when women are in the gym."

Mr Cohen, who spent a year in a yeshivah near Paris learning Torah and playing football, loves to work out in his spare time.

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'Marine Le Pen? Chip off the old block'

By Michel Zlotowski, December 22, 2010

A regional leader of the Council of French Jewish Organisations (CRIF), Marcel Amsellem, has warned Jews not to be deceived by the National Front's possible new leader, Marine Le Pen, whose popularity is on the rise in France.

"Those who believed Marine Le Pen would be more acceptable than her father are unbelievably gullible and of bad faith," said Mr Amsellem.

A recent poll indicates that Marine Le Pen, 42, the youngest daughter of extreme-right wing leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, is due to get 12 to 14 per cent of votes in the 2012 presidential election.

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Ilan Halimi murderers retried

By Michel Zlotowski, December 22, 2010

The President of the Council of French Jewish Organisations, Richard Prasquier, said he was satisfied with the retrial of the self-proclaimed "Gang of Barbarians" who tortured to death Ilan Halimi five years ago.

A court of appeal handed stiffer sentences to the two main accomplices of gang leader Yusuf Fofana, who had their convictions increased from 15 to 18 years. The rest of the accused had their first sentence confirmed.

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It's the top ten hate slurs of 2010

By Nathan Jeffay, December 22, 2010

As musicians fight to top the Christmas charts, a Jewish organisation has published an altogether less flattering top ten - the worst antisemitic slurs of 2010. Those honoured include the Independent columnist Christina Patterson, who penned a diatribe against London's Charedim in July.

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