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University blocks honour over Tony Kushner's Israel stance

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Tony Kushner will not be honoured with an honorary degree after a New York university cancelled plans because of the award-winning Jewish playwright's stance on Israel.

After one of the City University of New York (CUNY) board members objected to the institution celebrating Mr Kushner's career at its commencement ceremony later this year, the rest of the board voted against the plans.

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Oprah honours Freedom Rider rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A rabbi who was arrested during civil rights demonstrations in America’s Deep South in the 1960s is to be honoured by Oprah Winfrey later today.

The talk show host has dedicated an episode of her popular show to the efforts of the Freedom Riders, who began their crusade for racial equality 50 years ago today.

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Galliano fires Jewish lawyer before court date

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

John Galliano's Jewish lawyer has been dismissed from the case with just a week before he is due to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing

Mr Galliano, sacked as chief designer for Dior following worldwide controversy over his allegedly racist and antisemitic remarks in a Paris café, is facing charges for public insult.

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Fatah armed wing: Bin Laden killing 'treacherous'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

The military wing of Fatah has denounced the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden as treacherous, a catastrophe and the work of heretics.

In a statement obtained by research institute Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades said that if bin Laden had died it was as a martyr on "the path of victory".

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Hamas claim will hold fire after Fatah truce

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

A Hamas official has claimed Hamas will honour an unofficial truce with Israel following the terrorist organisation's reconciliation with Fatah.

According to an Associated Press report, a Hamas security official said members would hold fire until after a new Palestinian Authority government was formed.

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Morocco blast victims mourned around world

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

Mourners in Israel, Morocco and China have paid respects to the young Jewish couple who were killed in a bomb attack in Marrakesh last week.

The funeral of Messod Wizman, 32, and his wife Michal Wizman, 30, took place yesterday in Jerusalem, Mrs Wizman's home town.

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Jewish groups praise 'extraordinary' moment of Bin Laden capture

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

Jewish groups have congratulated the United States government for its "relentless pursuit of Osama bin Laden".

The American Jewish Committee expressed its "heartfelt admiration and appreciation” following President Obama’s announcement that the al-Qaida leader had been killed in Pakistan, almost ten years after the September 11 attacks.

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Morocco bomb was al-Qaida 'style'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

Al-Qaida is thought to have been behind the bomb in Morocco that left a former JC writer, a Jewish couple from Shanghai, and 13 others dead.

Morocco's Interior Minister said Thursday’s bomb, believed to have been exploded remotely, reminded "of the style used generally by al-Qaeda."

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Bin Laden supporters pledge to continue jihad

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

Followers of Osama bin Laden have called for revenge against the United States just hours after President Barack Obama announced the terrorist leader had been killed.

On extremist websites people prayed that the al-Qaida leader was still alive and said his message of jihad would "never die".

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Praise as Pope John Paul beatified at Vatican

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

Jewish groups have paid tribute to Pope John Paul II following his beatification on Sunday.

The Pope, who died in 2005 after 26 years at the Vatican, was celebrated during his lifetime for his efforts to strengthen the links between Jews and Catholics.

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