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Funerals under way for Mumbai victims

By Leon Symons, December 1, 2008

Funerals for some of the six Jewish victims of last week's terror attack on Mumbai's Chabad House are taking place in Israel. Mourners followed a procession for Aryeh Teitelbaum, 37, from Mea She'arim, in Jerusalem, to the Mount of Olives, where he will be buried.

The family of Mr Teitelbaum, a Chassidic jew, had rejected Israel's offer to include him in the official memorial ceremony when the bodies arrivedat Ben-Gurion Airport last night. They also stressed that they did they did want his coffin wrapped in an Israeli flag as those of the other victims would be.

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Rabbi and wife among Mumbai victims

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer in Mumbai, November 28, 2008

The rabbi held hostage with his wife in Mumbai are among those killed in the Chabad House attack, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has confirmed.

Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, ran the movement's local headquarters, one of 10 buildings attacked on Thursday. Indian special forces had stormed the building at first light on Friday. Lowered on to the five-storey building by helicopters, they blew a large hole in the roof.

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US charity gave $12.4m to Hamas

November 27, 2008

Five former leaders of a Muslim charity may face lengthy prison sentences after being convicted on multiple charges of transferring money to Hamas.

A court in the United States ruled that the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development - once the largest Muslim charity in the US - must now forfeit some $12.4 million (£8m) to the United States government.

The move follows a lengthy legal process and a trial last year which broke down in disarray after a jury deadlock, prompting a mis-trial.

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Iranian ‘Mossad’ ring broken

By Leon Symons, November 27, 2008

Iran claimed to have broken a Mossad spy network that was seeking information about its nuclear programme and planning to carry out bombings and assassinations.

Last week, businessman Ali Ashtari was executed after being accused of spying for Israel. The semi-official Fars agency put out a story saying that the 45-year-old had been arrested two years ago and confessed to spying for Israel using security and telecommunications equipment. Israel denied all claims.

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Fifteen Israelis could be held

By Daniella Peled, November 27, 2008

As many as 15 Israeli citizens may currently be held hostage in various locations around Mumbai following Wednesday's series of terror attacks.

The Foreign Ministry believes six Israelis are being held in the Chabad centre, with others among the hostages at the Oberoi Hotel.

A further 20-25 believed to be in the city have yet to make contact with their families in Israel.

Foreign Ministry officials described a tense and confused situation as they worked to gain information on the hostages and other Israelis.

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Obama and Israel to boycott ‘Durban II’

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2008

Advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have assured Jewish leaders that the United States will not take part in the so-called Durban II conference, the JC has learned.

The now-notorious 2001 Durban Conference became a forum for extreme anti-Israel sentiment and antisemitism.

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Hostages released from Chabad House

November 27, 2008

Many of the Jewish hostages held by Islamic terrorists are understood to have been released from the Chabad House in Mumbai.

Israeli TV had reported that one of the hostages was forced at gunpoint to call the Israeli embassy in New Delhi with the captors' demand for the release of Islamic terrorists from Indian jails.

Full details are unclear. But among the hostages taken early on Thursday morning was rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka.

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Australians in bid to block BNP leader

By Dan Goldberg and Leon Symons, November 24, 2008

Australia's Jewish and Islamic communities have united to urge the country's immigration minister to deny a visa to British National Party leader Nick Griffin.

Griffin, who has a 1998 conviction for incitement to racial hatred for material denying the Holocaust, plans to visit Sydney and Melbourne in December to speak about the "demographic genocide" caused by immigration from the Third World.

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Blogger accused of spying for Israel

By Leon Symons, November 24, 2008

An Iranian nicknamed "The Blogfather" and credited with starting the country's blogging revolution has been arrested and accused of spying for Israel.

Hossein Derakhshan, who holds joint Iranian-Canadian citizenship, returned to Iran three weeks ago, having left for Canada in 2000 with his wife.

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Diplomatic conclusion to President Peres' visit

By Anshel Pfeffer and Stephen Pollard, November 21, 2008

The last stage of the Presidential visit to Britain was given over to diplomatic affairs.

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