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Galliano trial set for June

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A Paris court has set the date for John Galliano's trial for alleged racism.

At a hearing today the designer, fired by fashion house Dior after he was filmed making offensive comments about Jewish people, was told he would be expected in court on June 22.

The court said the trial would last only a day.

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Demjanjuk convicted but released pending appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

John Demjanjuk will not go to prison yet, despite being convicted as an accessory to the murder of more than 27,000 people at Sobibor during the Holocaust.

Demjanjuk, who denied working as a concentration camp guard during the nearly 18-month-long trial in Munich, was sentenced to five years behind bars.

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Banned from Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg (the lawyer)

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg has been blocked from Facebook.

A Jewish bankruptcy lawyer from Indiana this week found himself persona-non-grata on the popular social networking site because he shared the name of its 26-year-old founder.

Facebook operates a strict policy on fake profiles, and Mr Zuckerberg discovered this week that his page had been removed.

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Arrests in New York synagogue attack plot

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Two men thought to be planning to strike synagogues in New York have been arrested just ten days after the city celebrated the death of the man behind the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The pair, described as Muslims of North African descent, were detained by police as they attempted to buy AK-47s, hand grenades and other weapons.

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Valmadonna goes back on the market

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

The Valmadonna Trust Library is back on the market after a bid for the world's finest collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts fell through.

There were reports last December that the collection of 13,000 volumes was sold to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby's in New York in a sealed bid.

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IDF reinforces West Bank units ahead of Palestinian 'day of rage'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

The IDF is preparing for every eventuality during the Palestinian "days of rage" over the weekend and reinforcing its units accordingly.

While preparing for a worst-case scenario, the army believes that the Palestinian security forces will "contain" the demonstrations and prevent them from clashing with Israeli troops.

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Germany tells firm to drop Israel railway

By Toby Axelrod, May 12, 2011

Deutsche bahn International has withdrawn from a project to build the new Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem railway line after coming under pressure from the German government.

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Japan rabbi in relief run

By Gabi Sheldon, May 12, 2011

A Tokyo rabbi has spoken of the devastation he has seen during his weekly visits to help refugees in north east Japan.

Rabbi Binyomin Y Edery, of Chabad, has been doing the 10-hour journey to deliver goods to Sendai and Fukushima since the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

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Poles finally learn about their Holocaust whistleblower

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

The late Jan Karski is a national hero in Poland for his role as a resistance fighter during the Second World War. Few, however, knew that he was also one of the first eyewitnesses of the Holocaust and documented the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto - despite having been recognised as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in 1982.

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We hate Jews (except our best player)

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

When newspaper rumours first appeared about his possible transfer from Hapoel Beer Sheba to the Polish club of Wisla Krakow, Israeli football player Maor Melikson was bombarded with phone calls.

"A lot of people warned me off it. They told me: 'It's the most antisemitic club in Poland. They hate Jews, it won't be smart for a Jew to play there.'"

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