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Severed pig foot sent to Islam debate congressman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

A high-profile Republican politician has been sent a bloodied pig foot with an allegedly antisemitic note attached.

The package was sent to the Capitol Hill office of New York representative Peter King, a polarising figure in the US for his role chairing last month’s congressional hearings on radical Islam. It was discovered on Monday by security before it reached the congressman.

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Travelling rabbi battles killer bees in Zimbabwe

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

A rabbi working to support the dwindling Jewish population of Zimbabwe is recovering after a killer bee attack.

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, a director of the African Jewish Congress, an umbrella organisation for Jewish communities in 13 countries, was in Harare on a Shabbat afternoon walk as part of a pre-Passover visit when a swarm of bees appeared from a hive beneath a wooden pole.

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Synagogue reopens in Polish town without Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

A Polish town where the Jewish population was almost entirely wiped out by the Nazis 72 years ago is to be home to a synagogue once again.

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Israeli medical team to aid Ivory Coast displaced

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

An Israeli humanitarian aid organisation is to send a team to help victims of violence in the Ivory Coast.

Bitter fighting over the results of November's presidential election in the cocoa-rich African country has left more than one million people displaced from their homes.

Around 150,000 people have escaped across the border into refugee camps in Liberia.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, sued over Palestinian Intifada page

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

He has been sued by his former business partner and by a pair of Olympic rowers

Now Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has another lawsuit on his hands – this time from a Jewish activist who has previously attempted to take on Osama bin Laden and Hillary Clinton.

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Seven years for Israeli convicted of bribery in Georgia

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

An Israeli businessman has been sentenced to seven years behind bars in Georgia in a case which a top lawyer has called a breach of human rights legislation.

Rony Fuchs was convicted by a Georgian court and fined about £180,000 for allegedly attempting to bribe a Georgian minister over a breached agreement on the construction of an oil pipeline.

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Colombia hailed for caution on Palestinian state

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has praised the "friendship and courage" of Colombia's president after he announced that he would not recognise a unilaterally declared Palestinian state before a peace settlement with Israel was reached.

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Police called to Paris The Promise riot

By Michel Zlotowski, March 31, 2011

Over 500 people demonstrated in Paris last week against the airing of the The Promise by TV channel Canal+.

Its head office and studios were surrounded by armed riot police.

The demonstration was organised by an ad hoc group, "Confederation of Jews of France and Friends of Israel" (CJFAI). Members of CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, were also present.

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Caught on film: Captain Dreyfus' final humiliating return

March 31, 2011

It is more than a century since these photographs were taken, but the Dreyfus affair still resonates in France.

Alfred Dreyfus, from a wealthy Jewish family, was a captain in the French army in October 1894 when he was arrested on charges of high treason, accused of leaking military secrets to the Germans.

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Malmo mayor accused of lies and antisemitism

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 31, 2011

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has renewed its criticism of Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu, accusing him of failing to combat antisemitism and of "echoing the conspiracy theories against Jews in the 1930s".

In October 2010, the Centre demanded that Mr Reepalu be disqualified from the World Mayor Award because of his "anti-Jewish statements".

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