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Jailed Halimi honey trapper seduced her prison wardens

By Michel Zlotowski, June 23, 2011

Iranian-born Sorour Arbabzadeh is serving a nine-year sentence for her participation in the brutal killing of Ilan Halimi in 2006 - but she is again in the headlines for having seduced two of her prison wardens.

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East European Jews out and proud, says survey

By Nissan Tzur, June 23, 2011

While the vast majority of Jews in Eastern Europe are concerned about antisemitism, it plays a minor role in the formation of their identity, according to a wide-ranging survey commissioned by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

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Burn victim hands rabbi $18m lawsuit

By Ellen Tumposky, June 23, 2011

An arson attack that left a man with severe burns has brought unwelcome scrutiny to a New York enclave of a strict Chasidic sect.

New Square - about 40 miles from New York City in Rockland County - is populated by Skver Chasidim, a group that originated in the Ukranian town of Skvyra. David Twersky has been its Grand Rabbi since his father died in 1968.

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World's 'No 3' Nazi dies without trial

By Nissan Tzur, June 23, 2011

Milivoj Asner, the world's third most wanted Nazi war criminal, died last week in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt, aged 98.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre rated him at 'number three' on their wanted list for overseeing the deportation of hundreds of Jews, Serbs and gypsies while serving as a police chief in Croatia during the Second World War.

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Restitution body doing 'nothing' for claimants

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

A Holocaust restitution organisation has been widely criticised by survivors and experts who say it has ignored compensation claims and neglected its duties.

Backed by £300,000 of Czech Foreign Ministry funding, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) pledges to work with governments and restitution groups to return property, art and assets stolen by the Nazis.

The ESLI was set up in Jan

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So much for the dolce vita: antisemitism in Italy?

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

It could be a picture from a Nazi textbook, but this hook-nosed caricature of Israeli President Shimon Peres, with hands clasped around a Magen David and a pocketful of bleeding babies, was part of an Italian "cultural festival" last month.

The sinister funfair game, in which Turin students paid one euro to throw shoes at the gurning puppet, is one of a recent catalogue of incidents causing a c

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John Galliano: drugs erased my memory

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

John Galliano has told a Paris court that he is unable to recall the comments which led to the loss of his job at Christian Dior because he was under the influence of alcohol, valium and sleeping pills.

The eccentric British couturier was in court on the charge of publicly insulting a person based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.

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Arrest warrant lawyer helping rights groups

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

The lawyer at the forefront of the campaign to arrest Israelis for war crimes has been advising human rights organisations opposed to a reform to the universal jurisdiction law.

Daniel Machover is one of the founders of Lawyers for Palestinian Rights

The new Police and Social Responsibility Bill passes the power to issue warrants to the Director of Public Prosecutions when it previously lay

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Vogue does strictly Orthodox fashion

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

They may not often grace the pages of Vogue, but strictly Orthodox women regularly reinterpret celebrity and catwalk fashion - with a modest twist, according to research by the London College of Fashion.

Chassidic women have interpreted mainstream fashion trends such as knitwear with embellished shoulder detail, ruffles, 60s-style pill box hats and evening dresses tempered with white shirts to

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Geert Wilders acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

An Amsterdam court has acquitted Dutch politician Geert Wilders of inciting hatred against Muslims.

The 47-year old populist, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom, was cleared and told his comments were "acceptable within the context of the public debate".

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