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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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Last minute 'reprieve' for Austrian refugee, 87

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

An 87-year-old former refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria received a last-minute invitation to an Austrian Embassy commemoration event, after being told the event was full.

Vienna-born Alice Malcolm, 87, complained to the JC last week that despite travelling from Glasgow to London, and her daughter Vivien Lobell flying from New York, the embassy had told her that the event to mark the 70th anniv

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Oslo massacre opens floodgates to conspiracy madness

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

In the wake of the Norwegian massacre, anti-Zionist activists have been spreading conspiracy theories that the Israeli government was behind the killings, with some calling it "state sponsored terrorism".

Far-left and Islamist groups, including Hizbollah, have referred to Anders Behring Breivik's apparent enthusiasm for Israel, despite the anti-Jewish rantings in his online "manifesto".

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Judge could strike San Francisco circumcision ban from ballot

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

A San Francisco judge is expected to announce today whether she will go ahead with plans to prevent a vote on a proposal to ban circumcision.

Judge Loretta Giorgi could strike the proposal from the ballot on the basis that it could not be passed anyway because medical procedures are the responsibility of states rather than individual cities.

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Abbas urges protests to advance September UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for large-scale Arab Spring style protests in the West Bank to build up support for the planned bid for statehood at the United Nations.

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Sudoku given Jewish makeover for iPad

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

Are you Jewish and looking for a new way to procrastinate? An iPad application developer may have just the product for you.

For just £1.49, you can now download the "Judoku" app, described as "Sudoku for Jews".

Rather than the numbers of the original addictive Japanese puzzle, Judoku involves a grid of Jewish symbols and Hebrew numbers.

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