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Orthodox 'shielding sex abusers'

By Paul Berger, October 15, 2009

A New York State Supreme Court judge has criticised the Orthodox community for shielding perpetrators of sexual abuse while persecuting victims.

Judge Gustin Reichbach lamented the community’s “circle-the-wagons attitude” as he sentenced Yona Weinberg, a barmitzvah tutor and social worker from Brooklyn, to 13 months in jail for molesting two boys.

At the sentencing earlier this month, the courtroom was filled with Weinberg’s supporters. Almost 100 members of the Orthodox community wrote letters to the judge defending him.

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Army of Nazi gnomes invade Germany

By Jessica Elgot, October 15, 2009

The German town of Straubing is hosting 1,250 black garden gnomes, who are raising their right arms in a Hitler salute.

The 15-inch gnomes, who are part of an artwork called Dance with the Devil by Professor Ottmar Hoerl, are displayed in a military formation in the town centre.

The town in Lower Bavaria was chosen because of its Nazi connections. The square where the gnomes are displayed hosted Nazi parades. The town’s 42 Jews were all sent to concentration camps.

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US approves bill to allow Iran sanctions

By Jessica Elgot, October 15, 2009

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow sanctions against Iran.

The Iran Sanctions Enabling Act passed by a huge majority vote of 414-6.

The act will allow the state and local governments to pull funding from companies that make more than $20 million by investing in Iran’s energy sector, including petrol, natural gas and nuclear power.

It will also protect any fund manager who divests from the companies from being sued by them.

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Hillary Clinton fears over Kaminski

By Martin Bright, October 15, 2009

The row over the Conservative Party's alliance with right-wing political parties in Europe intensified this week after it emerged that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised concerns about the issue during her visit to Britain last weekend.

The Tories have been under intense attack from Labour ministers for joining the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, which contains parties with alleged antisemitic and neo-Nazi links.

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'Nazi' policeman US deportation hearing begins

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2009

A retired engineer, who served in a Nazi police force, has appeared in court in the first step in an attempt to deport him from the US.

John Kalymon, 88, appeared at an immigration court in Detroit, Michigan. He denies personally shooting Jews, killing at least one, as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police.

He also denies rounding up hundreds of Ukrainian Jews so they could be deported to gas chambers or labour camps, but admits that he was a member of the UAP.

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Turkey bans Israel from air drill because of Gaza

By Jessica Elgot, October 12, 2009

Israel was deliberately excluded from a multinational air force exercise by Turkey because of concerns over Gaza, the Turkish Foreign Minister has confirmed.

The 11-day air force drill, which would have included Israel, the US, Italy, Holland and pilots from other NATO countries, was due to take place near Konya, in central Turkey.

But Turkey cancelled the exercise, which was due to start today, because it did not want Israel to participate.

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Kaminski admits wearing 'fascist' symbol

By Martin Bright and Jessica Elgot, October 10, 2009

Michal Kaminski, the Polish MEP at the centre of the controversy over David Cameron’s European alliances has admitted he wore the symbol of a totalitarian group, claims he had previously denied.

In an interview with the JC, Mr Kaminski was asked if he had ever said he was proud to wear the Chrobry Sword, the symbol of the National Radical Camp (ONR).

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Obama's Nobel: new peace hopes for Middle East?

By Jessica Elgot, October 9, 2009

Israeli politicians have responded the US president Barack Obama’s Nobel peace prize win, asking him to stand firm on his commitments to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East.

The announcement of the prize was made while Israeli president Binyamin Netanyahu was in Washington for more talks with Mr Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell.

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Demjanjuk: date set for war crimes trial

By Jessica Elgot, October 8, 2009

The trial of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk has been set for November 30 in Munich, where he will be charged with the murder of 27,900 Jews.

Demjanjuk, 89, is accused of having been a guard at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland from March to September 1943.

He denies the charges, claiming he was captured by the Germans while fighting as a member of the Red Army in the Ukraine and was a German prisoner-of-war. He moved to America after the war.

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Scars yet to heal on Canada hate campus

By Blake Lambert, October 8, 2009

A month into the new academic year, Toronto’s York University is attempting to restore the confidence of the Jewish community after anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist harassment and intimidation dominated its campus last year.

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