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Iran denies aiding Syria crackdown

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

Claims that Iran is arming and training Syrian forces in support of President Assad's crackdown on the anti-government uprising have been denied by Tehran.

Iran has signalled it is making steps towards a U-turn in its support of Assad after softening its tone and apparently indicating a degree of backing for the protesters.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's initial support for Presiden

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Erdogan hands back confiscated property

By Sami Kohen, September 1, 2011

The Turkish government has decided to return all confiscated property belonging to the country's non-Muslim communities, including Jews.

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Turkey and Israel in scramble to avert diplomatic deep freeze

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 1, 2011

Israeli and Turkish diplomats are still seeking a formula whereby the two countries can find a way to put the Gaza flotilla crisis behind them.

The United Nations report on the 2010 flotilla - expected to justify Israel's actions to a large degree - is to be published this weekend. After its release, it will be extremely difficult to reach a compromise.

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She survived Hitler, but not the hurricane

September 1, 2011

Three Jews were among the 40 deaths in 10 American states hit by Hurricane Irene, reports said this week. Among them was a rabbi, a first aid worker and a Holocaust survivor.

On Sunday, Rabbi David Reichenberg, 50, who lived in Spring Valley, New York, was trying to save a father and his six-year-old son, Reuven Herbst, from power lines which had been downed during the storm.

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Analysis: Much to fear, much to hope with Arab Spring

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 1, 2011

The Arab Spring represents an unprecedented crisis for the Middle East regional order. The upheavals it engendered are still under way and much hangs in the balance - but clearly, out of change, dangers as well as opportunities arise.

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Hall of Fame: Paul Rudd

August 31, 2011

"My go-to thing was to make jokes. Comedy was my way in. I noticed if I could tell Jewish jokes, kids would really laugh at that.

"I didn’t realise until much later in life that that was kind of f****d up."

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A decade on, 9/11 antisemitic conspiracy theories alive and well

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A decade after the September 11 attacks, antisemitic conspiracy theories "warping and manipulating" the truth and blaming Israel are still being widely circulated.

The New York-based Anti Defamation League has carried out an in-depth study of the conspiracies that have been discussed over the ten years since American planes were hijacked by terrorists.

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Jewish group calls for day to disconnect from technology

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

A Jewish women's study group is to stage a day for people to disconnect from technology.

The "Day to Disconnect" has been organised by members of the Ohr Naava women's Torah Centre in Brooklyn.

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Ahmadinejad: Zionist regime 'hotbed for germs'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

The Iranian president has declared that Israel is a "hotbed for cancerous cells".

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked International Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) with a speech at Tehran University, in which he said there would be no room for Israel in the Middle East after a Palestinian state was established

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Housekeeper arrested for kidnapping rabbi's baby daughter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

Police have arrested a former housekeeper who lost her job and then allegedly abducted the baby daughter of her former employers, an Orthodox Jewish couple.

Gloria Suraez had worked for the Hayempour family for six weeks but when the summer job came to an end she concocted a plot to kidnap five-month-old Esther and take her to Uruguay.

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