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UN Palestine expert posts hate cartoon

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

A UN Human Rights Council expert on Palestine has posted on his blog an antisemitic cartoon of a dog wearing a kippah and urinating on a statue of Blind Justice.

American academic Richard Falk, who has written blogs in support of the flotillas to Gaza, last week published the cartoon by "Mahjoob", a pro-Palestinian cartoonist who has previously depicted Ehud Olmert slicing up a Palestinian baby

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Even the Curry is Kosher in Kasol

By Saransh Sehgal, July 7, 2011

India is a common destination for young Israelis seeking spirituality, free-flowing cannabis and a break from the pressure of security alerts and army service.

Kasol, however, is no ordinary backpacker hangout. Over the past ten years the village, which sits in a lush valley at 5,000ft in the Himalayas, has become nothing less than a miniature Tel Aviv.

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Natalie Portman names her son Alef

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

Natalie Portman has returned to her Jewish roots with the name for her firstborn.

The Jerusalem-born actress has named her son "Alef" after the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Ms Portman is engaged to Alef's father, the Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

However there is no word yet on the possibility of Alef being joined by a sister called Bet.

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Body in lake not missing student Lauren Spierer

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

A body found in an Indiana lake was not that of a Jewish student who went missing more than a month ago.

Forensic staff who carried out an autopsy on the badly decomposed body yesterday ruled a match out with Lauren Spierer on the basis of "external characteristics and body structure".

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Strauss-Kahn is modern-day Dreyfus, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has compared the attitude towards Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the antisemitism encountered by a Jewish artillery officer in 19th century France.

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Spanish flotilla activists occupy Athens embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Spanish pro-Palestinian activists have launched a sit-in in an embassy in Athens to protest against Greece's decision to stop flotillas sailing from their ports to Gaza.

A group of 21 activists have refused to leave the Spanish embassy, although not all are currently inside the building.

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WJR launch Horn of Africa famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A Jewish organisation has launched an online appeal in response to the growing food shortage in the Horn of Africa.

The United Nations warned earlier this week that at least nine million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somilia and Djibouti were facing starvation. The region has been hit by a drought which the UN said was one of the worst in 60 years.

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New York Shomrim in neighbourhood feud

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A dispute has broken out in New York between an Orthodox Jewish security force and a man arrested for hitting a rabbi.

Dwight Chaparro was charged with felony assault after battering the 57-year-old Rabbi Mordechai Stern over the head with a wooden shelf. The attack was said to be because of a parking space.

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Strauss-Kahn charges may soon be dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Prosecutors in New York are believed to be planning to drop the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn within the next fortnight.

According to an investigator quoted by the New York Post, the sexual assault charges are set to be dropped by July 18, in the wake of questions over the credibility of the hotel maid who accused him.

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Body in lake linked to Lauren Spierer disappearance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a Jewish student from New York are to carry out an autopsy on a female body found in a lake 50 miles from where she went missing.

Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 20 on the campus of Indiana University, where she was studying.

Her family has vowed not to stop looking for the 20-year-old and thousands of people have joined search parties.

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