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Iranian swimmer refused to race Israeli

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

A member of the Iranian swimming team has dived out of an international contest because of the presence of an Israeli athlete in the race.

Mohammed Alirezaei refused to compete in the 100-metre breaststroke race at the International Federation (FINA) swimming contest on Sunday. An Israeli, Gal Nevo, had been due to swim in the same heat.

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Mazel Tov: New York's first gay Jewish marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

The mayor of New York was among the guests who watched a glass smashed under the chuppah at one of the state's first ever same-sex marriages.

New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage in June, and the law came into effect on Sunday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a champion of gay marriage, conducted a ceremony for a Jewish couple at his Upper East Side residence.

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Bear attack on teenage campers in Alaska

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

A Jewish teenager is recovering after being mauled by a grizzly bear while on a wilderness survival expedition.

Joshua Berg, 17, was camping with six friends in the Alaskan mountains when the fun was interrupted by the furry attacker. The brown bear was thought to have been accompanied by a cub.

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God less popular than Bill Clinton

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

God is more popular than Barack Obama at the moment but less popular than Bill Clinton before he was reelected president in 1996.

In a survey of 928 American voters by Public Policy Polling, 52 per cent of respondents said that if there was a God, they approved of his performance. In contrast, only 12 per cent had a favourable view of Rupert Murdoch.

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Outpouring of support for Leiby Kletzky memorial charity

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

More than £79,000 has been raised for needy children following an outpouring of support for the family of murdered Chasidic boy Leiby Kletzky.

The Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund was launched as a way for the family to preserve the memory of the eight-year-old, who was kidnapped and killed earlier this month.

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Malaysian fans shout abuse at Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Yossi Benayoun faced jeers and abuse from the crowds at a match in Kuala Lumpur this week, when he became the first Israeli footballer in years to play in Malaysia, a mostly Muslim country.

Benayoun helped secure Chelsea a 1-0 victory over the Malaysian XI team in Thursday's pre-season match.

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Nazi 'Angel of Death' Mengele's diaries bought by Jewish collector

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

An Orthodox Jewish man has paid more than £150,000 for the diaries of a man held responsible for murdering and maiming thousands of people during the Holocaust.

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Quake victims 'spied for Mossad'

By Dan Goldberg, July 21, 2011

The Jewish community in New Zealand has reacted angrily to explosive allegations that Israeli backpackers caught in the massive earthquake earlier this year may have been involved in espionage.

The allegations were made by the Southland Times newspaper on Wednesday, drawing an irate response from Israel's ambassador to New Zealand, Shemi Tzur, who attacked them as "science fiction".

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Hippest Jewish music label in world shuts

By Ellen Tumposky, July 21, 2011

The Jewish music label and events promoter JDub is shutting down - a victim of the recession and lack of donations.

In a letter on its website, founder Aaron Bisman expressed sorrow over the decision, saying: "The challenges facing our business model are too great to overcome."

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Fear of hate crime sparks film pullout

By Nathalie Rothschild, July 21, 2011

A Hollywood production company has cancelled plans to film a movie in Sweden because of a recent spike in antisemitic hate crimes.

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