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Facing Fatah - the day I became one of the 'hard men' of the Middle East

By Martin Bright, April 21, 2011

I have just spent two days inside the skin of Jibril Rajoub, the Fatah hard man and former West Bank security chief. This was not a comfortable experience.

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Rabbi sex conviction in doubt

By Paul Berger, April 21, 2011

The high-profile conviction of a Brooklyn rabbi on sex abuse charges has been thrown into doubt amid allegations of witness tampering and blackmail.

Baruch Lebovits, 60, was jailed for up to 32 years after being convicted by a Brooklyn court last year of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

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JDL was probed over rapper death threats

By Paul Berger, April 21, 2011

The Jewish Defence League (JDL) was investigated over the use of death threats to extort money from US rap stars, according to files recently released on the FBI website.

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Rabbi accused in flight grope case

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

A rabbi has been arrested for allegedly groping a woman as they flew to New York.

Rabbi Gavriel Bidany told the female passenger sitting next to him that he was "asleep" during the incident, on a Delta Airlines flight from Tel Aviv last month. He was later charged with misdemeanour assault.

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Do stop boycotting: Journey sue anti-Israel group over Glee copy

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

The composers of the Glee hit Don't Stop Believin', have taken legal action against an anti-Israel group for reworking the song into a pro-Palestinian tune without permission.

According to the New York Post, members of the band Journey are seeking a permanent injunction to prevent Adalah from using the song again.

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Mazel Tov: Matisyahu tweets birth of new son

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

Chasidic Jewish rapper Matisyahu has announced the birth of his third child.

The musician, famous for hits including Jerusalem and King Without a Crown, revealed the news on Twitter.

He wrote: "Tonight on the birthday of the rebbe, I was blessed with a baby boy."

He was referring to the spiritual leader of the Chasidic movement.

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Senate calls on UN to rescind Goldstone report

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

The US Senate has agreed unanimously to a resolution calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report into Operation Cast Lead following comments by the author discrediting parts of it.

Two weeks ago Judge Richard Goldstone admitted in the Washington Post that the report had wrongly accused Israel of indiscriminately targeting civilians.

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John Galliano sacked from own label

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

After he was sacked from his design role at Christian Dior in the wake of his antisemitic outbursts in a Paris bar, it was clear John Galliano's career was damaged.

Exactly how badly was made even clearer today when it emerged that the couturier had been sacked by the board of his own John Galliano label.

The label is owned by the luxury goods company LVMH.

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Ashton: EU did not fund apartheid week

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The European Union has distanced itself from claims that it supported Israel Apartheid Week events at a Dutch university.

Shimon Samuels, of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, wrote to EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton urging her to condemn IAW campaigns following the launch of a book about Palestinian refugees in The Hague last week.

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New frontiers in Wild West for Jew who became Sioux

By Orlando Radice and Jim Winnerman, April 14, 2011

If you thought the Wild West was no country for Jews, you haven't heard of Julius Meyer.

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