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An Algarve Jewish renaissance

By Susi Rogol Goodkind, November 7, 2011

There are probably no more than 50 or 60 Jews resident in the Algarve today – expats from around the world, mainly, but of course hundreds more visit the region every year, attracted by the sunshine, the golf, the laid-back lifestyle and the charm of both its unspoilt inland villages and glitzy beach resorts.

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Tweeting congressman Weiner on US Jews top 50 list

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

A Jewish-American newspaper has named a congressman who lost his seat following an online sex scandal as one of the 50 people who have made the most impact in US Jewish news this year.

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Britain, France ready to abstain on Palestinian UN vote

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

The British and French governments are reportedly planning to abstain if the Palestinian Authority's unilateral bid for UN membership reaches a vote.

The Palestinians won membership of the UN cultural agency UNESCO week, a move which France backed but Britain abstained on.

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Clegg won't rule out strike on Iran

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 3, 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, described the escalating situation in Iran as "grave" and said the British government would not rule out any action against the country.

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Italy antisemitism survey is 'disturbing'

By Benjamin Weinthal, November 3, 2011

Italy's parliament has issued an eye-popping study on the level antisemitism in the country.

According to the report: "Some 44 per cent of the Italian population harbour some prejudice or have a hostile attitude towards Jews."

Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein, chair of the Committee for the Inquiry into Antisemitism, said that the results were "very disturbing" and that it was a "shock for ever

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Death row for Moroccan bomber who killed JC writer

By Andrew Rosemarine, November 3, 2011

The jihadi who killed 17 people including JC writer Peter Moss and a Moroccan-Israeli couple in a bomb attack on a restaurant in Marrakesh earlier this year has been sentenced to death.

The Moroccan anti-terror court in Sale, next to Rabat, also sentenced a co-conspirator to life imprisonment, and seven others to jail terms of two to four years.

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UNESCO vote prompts Israel anger

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 3, 2011

Israel has responded to the acceptance of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with a range of sanctions against the Palestinian Authority.

But ministers are split over whether funds to the PA should be cut off.

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Jews defend Occupy Wall Street from antisemitism claims

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2011

The founder of the doveish Israel advocacy group J Street and the disgraced former governor of New York are among the signatories to a statement defending Occupy Wall Street from accusations that it is antisemitic.

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Mossad hunt for Eichmann to be made into film

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2011

The story of the hunt for Nazi war criminal and fugitive Adolf Eichmann is to be made into a film.

Jewish filmmaker Brett Ratner is set to direct the thriller Hunting Eichmann, which will follow the Israeli agents who successfully captured the Nazi while he was hiding in Argentina.

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Biden's daughter engaged to Jewish doctor

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden's daughter is to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea Clinton and marry a Jewish man.

Ashley Biden, a social worker, is engaged to a doctor from Philadelphia, Howard Krein, who specialises in facial and reconstructive surgery and ear, nose and throat complaints.

The Biden family, who are Roman Catholic, said they were "thrilled" by the news.

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