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Mumbai killer appeals death sentence

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

The Pakistani gunman convicted of murder for the Mumbai terror attacks has launched an appeal to his death sentence.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was charged with murder, conspiracy and waging war on India. He was the only gunman to survive the 2008 terror attacks, which saw more than 160 people killed over a brutal three-day siege.

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Rabbi arrested in Washington for budget protest

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A group of Jewish leaders and their Christian counterparts were arrested in Washington DC on Thursday after staging a protest over budget cuts.

The 11 religious representatives had gathered at the Capitol Rotunda and started a sit-in to make a statement urging President Obama not to "balance the budget on the backs of the poor".

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New York mayor greets Muslims with Jewish greeting

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

New York's mayor may have inadvertently taken a step forward in Jewish-Muslim relations this week.

Michael Bloomberg was speaking at an event to mark the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's annual month of fasting, when he made something a slip.

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Peres, Erekat in secret peace talks

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

Shimon Peres is said to be conducting secret talks with Palestinian negotiators in a bid to restart the peace process.

According to Ha'aretz the Israeli president has coordinated with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the discussions.

Mr Peres was said to have met Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, in Ramallah earlier this week and on other occasions.

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Victory in San Francisco circumcision ban fight

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

Jewish groups in San Francisco were celebrating on Thursday evening after a judge ordered the proposed ban on circumcision to be removed from a ballot.

Judge Loretta Giorgi ruled that the measure was "expressly preempted" because under Californian state law cities cannot regulate medical practice.

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Facebook: Holocaust denial pages can stay on site

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Facebook has refused to remove pages where internet users espouse Holocaust denial despite a plea from a group of Holocaust survivors.

Earlier this month 21 survivors of Nazi persecution signed a letter which was sent to Facebook, asking that Holocaust denial no longer be allowed as part of facebook's "free speech" policy.

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'Kosher pork' on sale in New York deli

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

There has been bacon on a flight to Israel, pork in the kosher section of Costco and even an Israeli cookbook dedicated to pig delicacies.

Now, a shopper in New York has expressed shock after finding "kosher pork" in a supermarket.

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List of Jewish academics 'to boycott'

By Ilaria Myr, July 28, 2011

An Italian blogger has attempted to start a boycott of 162 Jewish professors.

Blogger Dagoberto Husayn Bellucci, who runs Islam-Italia, an information portal for Italian Muslims, posted a list of names online with the comment: "We invite readers to make a good use of this."

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Lodz gives up its ghosts in rare photos

By Nissan Tzur, July 28, 2011

A set of highly moving and rarely seen photographs of life in Poland's Lodz Ghetto are being exhibited at the Nazi Documentation Centre in Cologne.

The photos were taken by the prisoners themselves and capture scenes of everyday ghetto life, such as community dances and boys working in a factory.

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Which country has 10 Jewish study centres? (And it's not obvious)

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

A delegation of professors from a leading foreign university flew to London last Friday to honour a British supporter of their country's burgeoning programme of Jewish studies.

Philanthropist Naim Dangoor, who is 97, was made a consultant professor of China's Nanjing University in an award ceremony held in his Kensington apartment.

"We are very proud that you are now one of us," Nanjing vice

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