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American hikers freed by Iran

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2011

Two American hikers, imprisoned in Iran as “American spies” for more than two years, have landed in Oman after being released.

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were greeted by their families, who described it as “the best day of our lives”.

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Nazi accomplice loses US deportation appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

A US judge has upheld a deportation order for a man described as an "indispensable" part of the Nazi campaign in the Ukraine.

John Kalymon was found to have voluntarily served in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police for three years during the Holocaust.

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Trial of Morocco bomb suspects set to open

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

The trial of the nine men suspected of carrying out the fatal bomb attack in a Marrakesh café in April is to open later this week.

The blast, in a popular tourist spot in the old quarter of the Moroccan city, left 17 people dead including British Jew Peter Moss.

Mr Moss, a well-known travel writer and a long-time JC contributor, was 59 and had two children.

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Perry attacks Obama for Middle East 'appeasement'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

US presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have pitted themselves firmly against the Palestinian bid for statehood this week in remarks designed to encourage pro-Israel voters to support the Republican Party.

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Shtreimel thief wrong-footed by name label

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

A thief who walked off with a religious Jew's fur hat was caught - because the owner's name was written on the inside.

Shtreimels – large fur hats lined with velvet – have been worn by married Charedi men for centuries and can be worth up to £4,000.

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How Rosh Hashanah influences the stock market

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2011

Researchers have discovered that Jews control the stock markets – for two days of every year.

A new study by academics at Nova Southeastern University in Florida shows that Rosh Hashanah has an impact on the stock market.

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Australia set to vote against Palestinian bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

The Australian government is expected to announce within 24 hours that it will vote against a Palestinian attempt to unilaterally declare statehood.

The Palestinian Authority is set to apply to the Security Council for full membership during the United Nations session on Friday.

The move has been vocally opposed by the US and Israel, but is supported by many EU countries.

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Natalie Portman to produce television series

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

The Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is to move behind the scenes for her new project.

The Jewish star, who recently gave birth to her first child, is to be an executive producer for a new television series about privileged Americans.

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Abbas: Palestinian UN bid will make things difficult

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

The Palestinian president has admitted that a unilateral bid for statehood will open a "difficult" situation in Middle East politics.

Mahmoud Abbas made the comments ahead of Friday's UN session in which the Palestinians are expected to ask the Security Council for full membership.

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Palestinian activists hack religious Jewish Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

A social networking site for the strictly Orthodox has received an unwelcome visitor.

A pro-Palestinian hacker accessed the FaceGlat site this weekend and changed its homepage to show a message of Palestinian solidarity.

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