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Palestinian UN bid will 'work against peace'

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

The Palestinians' push for recognition of independence at the United Nations later this month was criticised as counterproductive to the chances of peace at a packed Westminster meeting on Monday night.

Former Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar, who is founding chairman of the Friends of Israel, said that if the UN General Assembly backed the Palestinians' declaration of statehood, "it wo

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John Galliano found guilty of public insult, antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

John Galliano has been found guilty of antisemitic and racist behaviour.

The 50-year-old couturier was given a 4,000 Euro suspended fine and another 2,000 Euro fine for a second complaint.

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John Galliano not set to be in court for verdict

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

John Galliano is to be sentenced tomorrow at a Paris court.

The former Dior designer, who was charged with making public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity earlier this year, will not be in court to hear the verdict.

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Holocaust graves in Ukraine to be marked

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

Memorial stones are to be erected at the sites of mass killings of Jews in the Ukraine during the Holocaust.

The first ceremony, to be held next week at the site of a mass grave in the town of Baryshivka, marks 70 years since Jews were killed by the Nazis in towns around the Ukraine.

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Bollywood's Bachchan to play Jewish crook in Great Gatsby film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A top Bollywood star is to take on the role of a Jewish gambler in Baz Luhrmann's £78 million film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Amitabh Bachchan will appear as Meyer Wolfsheim, a shadowy and untrustworthy figure said to have fixed the baseball World Series.

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Looters target Tunisian synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A synagogue in the Tunisian city of Sfax has been vandalised.

According to CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, Synagogue Beth-El was ransacked towards the end of last month while Tunisian Muslims were marking the month of Ramadan.

It is believed the synagogue has not been guarded since the Arab Spring revolutionaries overthrew the government of President Zein el-Abbadin Bin Ali.

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Gaza and West Bank in timely dispute

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have found another subject to argue over.

As of this week, the two are now separated by an hour – not in terms of how long it takes to travel from one to the other, but in terms of time.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, moved the clocks back an hour at the beginning of Ramadan to make the fast easier.

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PLO want advice from PR firm Bell Pottinger

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

One of the world's leading public relations firms has reportedly been hired by the PLO ahead of the planned bid for statehood at the UN.

According to PR news source the Holmes Report, the US branch of the PLO contacted representatives from the firm Bell Pottinger USA.

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Protection money for Jews of Sweden

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

After more than a year blighted by antisemitic incidents, the Swedish government has announced it will provide funds to ensure the Jewish community's safety.

The Swedish Integration Minister said around £386,000 would be allocated to boost security numbers for the small Jewish population.

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Orthodox man charged in Australia Jewish school assault case

By Dan Goldberg, September 6, 2011

An Orthodox Jew has been charged with sexually assaulting children at a Jewish school in Australia.

David Cyprys, a locksmith who runs a company called Shomer Security, faced Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday on 16 counts of indecent assault and 13 counts of gross indecency, allegedly committed against students at Yeshivah College between 1984 and 1991.

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