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CNN editor sacked for Hizbollah "admiration"

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2010

The CNN Middle East editor has been sacked after using Twitter to express her admiration for a Hizbollah cleric.

Beirut-born journalist Octavia Nasr said in a Tweet last week: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hizbollah's giants I respect a lot."

A CNN spokesman said that Ms Nasr was leaving because her impartiality had been “compromised”.

The Shia cleric was believed to be the spiritual leader of Lebanese terrorist group Hizbollah, and was one of the top clerics in the country.

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Lindsay Lohan and Israeli: just 'friends'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2010

Actress Lindsay Lohan has denied rumours she is dating a former Israeli soldier.

Gossip sites had claimed the troubled star, who has just been sentenced to a three month jail stint for breaching parole, had fallen for Israeli Eilat Anschel

But the Mean Girls actress told her twitter followers that they are not romantically linked.

She tweeted: “Eilat is one of my best friends! and best friend ONLY - just an fyi.”

Ms Lohan, 23, split up with her Jewish girlfriend Sam Ronson, sister of musician Mark Ronson, early in 2010.

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Judge bars barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2010

Three children have been barred from having bar and batmitzvah ceremonies because their devout Catholic father does not want them to be committed to Judaism.

A court ruled that the children’s Jewish mother could not arrange for them to participate until they either made their own choice to or the father changed his mind.

The father, known only as Mr Macri, sought the injuction in the Australian court so that his children can pick their religion in a ''voluntary and informed'' way when they are more mature.

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Glee creator to make film about Jewish activist

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2010

A play about a Jewish Aids activist is to be made into a film by the creator of television show Glee.

American Jewish playwright Larry Kramer is to adapt his semi-autobiographical 1985 drama The Normal Heart for the screen.

Mr Kramer drew on his experiences as one of the founders of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in the early 1980s to create the part of advocate Ned Weeks.

The GMHC were crucial in challenging the idea that Aids was only a “gay cancer”.

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Alleged Nazi wins extradition appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2010

The world’s most prominent Nazi hunter has condemned an Australian court for refusing to extradite a man accused of murdering a Jewish youth during the Holocaust.

Dr Efraim Zuroff, from the Simon Wiesenthal centre, described the decision not to deport alleged war criminal Charles Zentai to Hungary as “a sad day for Australian justice”.

Charles Zentai, an officer in the Nazi-allied Hungarian army during the Second World War, allegedly beat a 14-year-old to death in 1944 for not wearing a yellow star.

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Turkey 'ready to ban all Israel flights'

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2010

Turkey will ban commercial flights to and from Israel unless the families of Gaza flotilla victims receive an apology and compensation, according to Turkish media reports.

Israel's Industry Minister, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, is said to have told Turkey's Foreign Minister at a secret meeting in Brussels that the Jewish state was rethinking its initial refusal to pay compensation.

It was claimed that the Foreign Minister warned that Turkey would ban flights between the countries unless its demands were met.

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Israel's man in Washington gets a lesson in diplomacy

By Nathan Guttman, July 1, 2010

Israel's ambassador to the US stepped into a verbal minefield this week after newspapers in Israel quoted him warning that relations between Jerusalem and Washington are on the rocks.

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Gay Pride row over Israel deepens

By Ron Csillag, July 1, 2010

Organisers of Toronto's annual Gay Pride parade have reversed a decision to ban use of the phrase "Israeli apartheid" in the event.

A bitter row involving back-and-forth allegations of censorship and antisemitism has raged ever since a local activist group, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA), announced its intention to march in the July 4 parade.

Jewish groups, backed by several prominent politicians, convinced Pride that QuAIA was violating Toronto's anti-discrimination policies. Several weeks ago Pride organisers ruled the group could march, but not under its name.

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German may be jailed for Hitler ring tone

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2010

Grating mobile phone ringtones are the bane of every train passenger’s existence, but one carriage of Germans reported a particularly unsettling one.

Shocked listeners in Hamburg heard a phone ring several times to the tune of a speech made by Adolf Hitler calling for the “destruction of world Jewry”.

They reported the man to the police and he now faces up to six months in jail for using the hate speech as his ring tone.

The 54-year-old German was also found to have a photo of Hitler on his phone captioned “the greatest commander of all time”, as well as swastika stickers.

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France to reveal Nazi collaborators

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2010

Archives containing the names of French citizens who collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust are to be published online.

The release of the names of thousands of collaborators will enable survivors to find out who betrayed them and their loved ones during the four years France was occupied by the Nazis.

Until now the hidden files dating back 70 years have been stored in a Paris basement, but now a court ruling means they can be opened to the public.

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