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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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After Jedwabne vandalism, Poles show support

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

More than 100 Poles joined a solidarity march following the desecration of a memorial in the town of Jedwabne to Jews murdered by Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.

The group held their "march of unity" in the city of Bialystok, ending their walk at a statue commemorating the Jewish doctor who founded the Esperanto language.

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FBI 'recorded' conversations at US Israel embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

The FBI has been accused of secretly recording discussions at the Israeli embassy in the US.

According to a blogger, who spoke to the New York Times, a translator for the intelligence agency shared transcripts of recorded conversations and telephone calls with him.

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Turkey expels Israeli envoy

September 2, 2011

Turkey is expelling the Israeli ambassador and downgrading diplomatic ties following today's publication of a UN report into last year's Gaza flotilla.

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Lauren Bush prepares to become Lauren Lauren

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

America's wedding of the year is set to take place this weekend, when the son and daughter of two of the most legendary American families tie the knot.

On Sunday, David Lauren – son of fashion designer Ralph – will marry Lauren Bush, granddaughter and niece of the 41st and 43rd US presidents.

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Call for swift action on Jedwabne memorial vandalism

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

A Holocaust survivors' group has condemned the desecration of a memorial in Poland to Jews murdered by Nazi collaborators.

The Jedwabne memorial marks the spot where hundreds of Polish Jews were burned alive in July 1941 by 40 of their countrymen.

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