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Activists reject Greek flotilla aid solution

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2011

The pro-Palestinian activists who hope to breach the blockade of the Gaza Strip have rejected a Greek offer to take the cargo of the flotilla to Gaza for them.


Strauss-Kahn case has 'holes'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's downfall is looking less certain following the emergence of "major holes" in the evidence against him over allegations of sexual assault.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund, who has now been replaced by French finance minister Christine Lagarde, was accused of sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel worker in May.


Compensation for families for Buenos Aires Israeli embassy blast

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Argentine lawmakers have unanimously agreed to pay compensation to the relatives of those killed in a suicide bomb attack on the Buenos Aires Israeli embassy nearly two decades ago.

The 1992 attack left 29 people dead and more than 200 people injured. It remains one of the most severe attacks yet on an Israeli embassy.


New challenge to San Francisco circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Lawyers for the city of San Francisco have suggested the proposed ban of circumcision for underage males contravenes the US constitution.

Their comments come after a challenge to the ban from an interfaith group of Muslims and Jews on the basis that Californian state law prohibits individual city lawmakers from placing limits on procedures by medical staff.


Russia crash scientists 'helped Iran'

By Nissan Tzur, June 30, 2011

Five Russian scientists who helped Iran with its nuclear weapons programme were among the 45 killed in plane crash in northern Russia last week.

Russia's state atomic energy agency announced that the five - Andrei Tropinov, Sergei Rizhov, Gennadi Benyok, Nicolai Tronov and Valery Lyalin - worked at the Hydropress factory, part of Russia's state nuclear complex.


Inquiry into sex abuse at boys' school

By Dan Goldberg, June 30, 2011

Police have launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at an Orthodox boys' school in Australia by a former teacher serving a seven-year prison term in the US.

David Kramer fled in the early 1990s after accusations he had sexually abused boys at Yeshivah College in Melbourne between 1989 and 1993.

Kramer, 50, was jailed in 2008 after pleading guilty to molesting a 12-year-old


Global petition castigates Lithuania

By Dan Goldberg, June 30, 2011

Lord Janner is among 24 eminent Jews who have fiercely criticised the Lithuanian government for celebrating the 70th anniversary of a provisional administration which undertook the "humiliation, harm, plunder and murder" of Jews in 1941.

In a petition emailed to ministers last Thursday, the signatories hit out at the Lithuanian government's "double genocide" campaign, which "distorts, obfuscate


Himmler daughter's Nazi charity

By Toby Axelrod, June 30, 2011

They're old and their world is fading, but for old Nazis still running from justice, someone is out there to help them.

"Stille Hilfe" - or "Silent Aid" - has existed since 1951, helping accused Nazi war criminals find refuge, avoid extradition, get a lawyer or pay for an old age home.


Deport order for Algerian asylum-seeker

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

A Jewish asylum-seeker from Algeria who is currently in detention has been told he will be deported back to the country in two weeks.

Krim Aitziane, 49, who came to Britain 11 years ago, was detained by immigration authorities three weeks ago.

He was previously denied refugee status but was given leave to remain pending an aliyah application, which was submitted in October 2009.

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Scots boycott row hits US Senate

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

The British Embassy in Washington DC has been forced to defend the Scottish government after the row over a council's Israel boycott reached the US Senate.

Senator Mark Kirk welcomed the embassy's move to distance the devolved parliament from West Dunbartonshire's ban on Israeli goods.

After receiving complaints from residents in his Illinois state, Republican Mr Kirk contacted the embassy f