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Interim agreement on New Zealand shechitah ban

By Dan Goldberg, August 12, 2010

New Zealand's small Jewish community has won a minor victory in its legal battle against a government ban on kosher slaughtering.

In the High Court in Wellington on Monday, Justice Denis Clifford approved a consent order to permit shechitah until the trial reaches court, which is not expected until next year.

The decision comes as UK Jewish leaders step up efforts to prevent the European Parliament from passing a law that will mean kosher meat must be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

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Australian Jews show support for Israel

By Dan Goldberg, August 12, 2010

More than 1,000 people rallied for Israel this week in one of the biggest shows of solidarity with the Jewish state ever held in Western Australia.

The majority of those attending the launch of Friends of Israel Western Australia in Perth last Sunday were non-Jews, including dozens of local, state and federal politicians.

Chief among them was Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, who recently locked horns with Jewish community leaders over Israel's alleged forging of four Australian passports and the Gaza flotilla.

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Jews and Muslims discuss Islamophobia and antisemitism

By Beth Alexander, August 12, 2010

Sixty-five delegates from more than 25 countries gathered at the University of Vienna this week for the MuslimJewish conference, the first of its kind to be held in Europe.

The brainchild of Ilja Sichrovsky, 27, a Jewish International Development student from Vienna, the week-long conference aimed to engage Muslim, Jewish and Christian students in meaningful dialogue.

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Streisand: shame about Jennifer Aniston's nose

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2010

Barbra Streisand has given Jennifer Aniston
her blessing for a photo shoot which paid homage to the Jewish star as she was in the film Funny Girl.

Ms Aniston was pictured with big hair, thick black eyeliner and neatly manicured nails in a series of photographs that directly channeled the 1968 film.

The images appear in the September edition of US Harper's Bazaar magazine.

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New Zealand Shechita ban on hold

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

New Zealand has temporarily lifted its ban on the kosher slaughter of animals.

Members of the Jewish community have filed a lawsuit against the agriculture minister challenging the Shechita ban, which was brought in at the end of May 2010 to the outrage of Jewish citizens.

The case is expected to be heard in 2011, but until then the practice will not be prohibited.

New Zealand Jewish Council chairman Geoff Levy said the interim decision was positive and added: "Every effort is being made to get chicken and local lamb back on the table as soon as possible".

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Arab who sang at synagogue has gig cancelled

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

A Tunisian pop star has pulled out of a concert after a video emerged of him performing at a synagogue.

Saleem Bakkoush was set to sing at the annual Carthage festival but had his appearance cancelled after the footage surfaced.

Mr Bakkoush said the show at Tunisia’s oldest synagogue in Djerba was several years ago and accused “rivals” of trying to damage his reputation.

Judaism is believed to be Tunisia’s third largest religion, with a population of 1,500 Jews living mainly in Tunis and Djerba.

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US congress suspend military aid to Lebanon

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2010

A United States congressional committee has temporarily blocked military aid to Lebanon out of fears Hizbollah militants could use it to attack Israel.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee suspended a military package worth more than £60 million (£100 million) which was due to go to the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Howard Berman, the Californian congressman who chairs the committee, announced that the funding would be suspended on August 2 and called on President Obama to look into Hizbollah’s influence on the Lebanese army.

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Ahmadinejad: 'Zionists' told of 9/11 in advance

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

The Iranian president has accused “Zionists” of knowing about the September 11 terror attacks in advance and reiterated his denial of the Holocaust.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a conference in Tehran that no “Zionists” were killed in the World Trade Center, because "one day earlier they were told not to go to their workplace".

Five Israelis were killed when the two planes were flown into the Twin Towers in 2001.

Mr Ahmadinejad also claimed that there were no reports that revealed the names of the around 3,000 victims.

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Third Nazi suspect could face war crimes charges

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

A suspected former Nazi guard who acted as a witness in the trial of John Demjanjuk may be prosecuted for war crimes.

According to Spiegel news magazine German prosecutors are considering charging “Alex N” for involvement in killing Jewish prisoners at Treblinka concentration camp during the Holocaust.

The 93-year-old was born in the Ukraine but gained German citizenship in 1991.

Researchers investigating the case said other camp guards called having heard Alex N boast about shooting Jews.

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Israeli held in Libya released after five months

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has confirmed that an Israeli man imprisoned in Libya for photographing Jewish sites has been freed and is to return home to Tel Aviv.

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