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Anti-Jewish protesters at Occupy Wall Street

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2011

A conservative group has highlighted incidents of antisemitism and anti-Israel activity at the Occupy Wall Street protest.

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Service as usual at New York Durban conference

By Shimon Samuels, October 11, 2011

Durban III, the UN’s third “anti-racism” conference in New York last month proved to be the exercise in Israel-bashing that everyone had expected.
It served as the podium for the Lebanese and Syrian foreign ministers to charge that the very concept of “a Jewish state” is “an act of racism”.

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'Racist' film Drives woman to court battle

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

A disgruntled film fan is suing a cinema after the action film she booked tickets for turned out to contain "dehumanising racism" towards Jews.

Sarah Deming, from Michigan, bought tickets for Drive having viewed the film's trailer, which and seen publicity that suggested it was similar to the Fast and Furious franchise.

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Campaign to locate last Nazis

By Toby Axelrod, October 11, 2011

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is to join up with German prosecutors to track down the last living Nazi war criminals.

Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi hunter for the Wiesenthal Centre, said that the campaign will be launched in Berlin this autumn.

The announcement comes following meetings in August between Mr Zuroff and German investigator Kurt Schrimm, head of the state agency dedicated to the i

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Icelandic herring, now here for kiddush

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 11, 2011

Iceland may have a Jewish First Lady and on the High Holy Days Jews around the world tuck in to herring - one of the country's main exports. But Iceland's Jewish community is near non-existent.

There is no synagogue, no community centre, no Jewish youth clubs.

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PA calls on Europe to back its UN bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is trying to increase support for its bid for United Nations membership by lobbying various international organisations for endorsements.

Over the past two weeks, the Palestinian leadership has gained various degrees of recognition from the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, The Council of Europe and European Parliament.

UNESCO's exec

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European divide over Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The French Foreign Minister has warned of a growing divide in Europe following the Palestinian Authority's unilateral bid for statehood.

Alain Juppe said that a lot of energy would be required to maintain unity among the 27 European Union member states.

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Mumbai killer's execution appeal to be heard

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

The Pakistani terrorist sentenced to death for his role in the Mumbai killing spree nearly three years ago has had his execution stayed.

Ajmal Kasab, now 23, was the only surviving gunman of the November 2008 attacks. He was convicted of murder following a trial in which it was alleged that he had been trained by banned Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.

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Tripoli protesters: 'No place for Jews in Libya'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

An exiled Libyan Jew who was forced out of Tripoli last week for attempting to repair the ancient synagogue has been targeted by anti-Israel protesters.

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Paul McCartney marries Nancy Shevell

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

Sir Paul McCartney has married Jewish New Yorker Nancy Shevell.

The couple, who have been together for four years, tied the knot at Marylebone register office on Sunday in the presence of 30 friends, including Ringo Starr and Sir Paul's designer daughter, Stella McCartney, who made the bride's dress.

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