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Sydney eruv rejected

By Dan Goldberg, August 25, 2011

Jewish leaders in Sydney are irate after a local council denied an application to build an eruv.

Ku-ring-gai Council, on Sydney's north shore, voted on Tuesday night to reject a plan to build a 20-kilometre symbolic boundary that would allow Orthodox Jews to push prams and carry objects on Shabbat.

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Indiana Jones: raider of the not so lost Torah scroll

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

A man who claimed he was a "Jewish Indiana Jones" has been charged with fraud after it emerged his claims of rescuing abandoned Holocaust-era Torah's around the world were not entirely true.

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Gaiman's American Gods to become HBO series

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

A British Jewish writer is to see his bestselling novel adapted into a series for the edgy American television channel HBO.

Neil Gaiman's 2001 book, American Gods, is a gothic tale of a modern-day America populated by mysterious deities and spirits.

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ADL criticise Angelina Jolie's dad for Palestinian 'Holocaust' remark

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

The Anti-Defamation League has criticised Hollywood actor Jon Voight for a remark in which he compared Palestinian radicals to a "new Holocaust".

The non-Jewish actor, who is estranged from his daughter Angelina Jolie, is a well-known supporter of Israel and regularly hosts telethons in aid of Lubavitch.

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Woody Allen could make next film in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

Woody Allen is in talks with a Munich film studio for his next project.

If a deal is agreed, it will be the first time the Jewish director has filmed in Germany.

Mr Allen has filmed in locations all over the world, including recently in London, Paris and Barcelona.

His latest film, The Bop Decameron starring Jesse Eisenberg¸ is set in Rome.

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Strauss-Kahn a free man as maid's case collapses

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

More than three months after his arrest at New York's Sofitel Hotel, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, left court with his wife Anne Sinclair and told reporters that he was delighted that their "nightmare" was over.

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Israeli escapes German torture chamber

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

An Israeli woman managed to free herself from the clutches of a German captor after he trapped her in a room rigged with explosives.

The woman, who is 26, has not been named but reportedly was acquainted with her captor. Despite being handcuffed in the tiny room – an adapted telephone box - she escaped after a few hours when her captor Thomas Fischer failed to lock the door.

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Assault charges dropped against Strauss-Kahn

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

A judge has dropped the sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn pending an appeal.

The case has not been fully dismissed because Justice Michael Obus said the accuser was still hoping to get a special prosecutor appointed.

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Jewish soldier who fought in Afghanistan attacked as worse than Hitler

By Dan Goldberg, August 23, 2011

An Australian Jewish soldier who killed a civilian in Afghanistan was allegedly described in letters by a Muslim man as "a dirty animal" and "not much better than" Hitler, a court has heard.

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Australia to boycott Durban review conference

By Dan Goldberg, August 23, 2011

Australia has joined America, Canada, Israel and several European nations in withdrawing from the controversial UN conference on racism next month.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirmed Tuesday that she was not convinced that "unbalanced criticism of Israel and the airing of antisemitic views" would be avoided, her spokesperson said.

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