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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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George Soros says goodbye to hedge fund career

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

Billionaire George Soros is to retire from his lengthy hedge-fund career.

Nearly 20 years after he made some £1 billion betting against the Bank of England on Black Wednesday, the 80-year-old businessman has decided to retire, save for the management of personal assets.

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Israelis play first ever Wagner concert in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, July 26, 2011

In Israeli orchestra has played a work by Adolf Hitler's beloved composer, Richard Wagner, for the first time in Germany.

On Monday, the Israel Chamber Orchestra performed Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among those in the audience. The concert in the Stadthalle was reportedly a sell-out.

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Glenn Beck: Norway's Utoya camp like Hitler Youth

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Controversial right-wing pundit Glenn Beck has compared the victims of the Norway massacre to members of the Hitler Youth in the 1920s and 1930s.

Mr Beck, who last year was criticised for suggesting Holocaust survivor George Soros collaborated with the Nazis, made the comments on his popular radio programme.

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Beach drama as Spielberg sails to Sardinia

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Life may be a beach for Hollywood stars Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow, but that doesn't mean everyone in the sand is happy with them.

According to showbiz magazine Us Weekly, Mr Spielberg was fined more than £150 after he steered his speedboat too near to the Sardinia shore and interrupted a group of sunbathing visitors.

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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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