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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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Israeli leaders ‘satisfied’ with Miliband’s pressure on Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2008

Israeli leaders have expressed their satisfaction with the results of Foreign Secretary David Miliband's visit to the Middle East this week.

They were especially pleased that the Foreign Secretary demanded the Syrians act to prevent the arms deliveries from Iran to Hizbollah being transferred through their territory.

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Don’t ask America who holds the purse strings

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2008

Nearly one in five Americans think that Jews control the world's financial institutions, although only seven per cent think they have too much power and are to blame for the current financial crisis.

The findings by international pollster Stanley Greenberg also indicated that Israel continues to enjoy a high degree of public support in the United States with 66 per cent saying America should support Israel while only six per cent support the Palestinians.

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US meat plant is shut

November 20, 2008

Production at Agriprocessors, the biggest kosher meat factory in the US, has been suspended. The Postville plant has filed for bankruptcy and former manager, Sholom Rubashkin, is in federal custody on multiple charges including allegedly helping illegal employees acquire false work documents.

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Arrest over 1980 bombing

November 20, 2008

A sociology professor has been arrested by Canadian police in connection with the 1980 bombing of a Paris shul in which four people were killed and more than 20 wounded. University of Ottawa lecturer, Hassan Diab, 54, was arrested in Gatineau, Quebec. Two French judges had issued a warrant against him.

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Berlin centre opens

November 20, 2008

A new outreach centre has opened in former East Berlin. The Lauder Am Echad Centre for National Outreach, housed in a building bought by local Jewish businessmen Ariel Schiff and Samuel Czarny, will be sponsored by billionaire Ronald Lauder's foundation and the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

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Pig’s head hung in German cemetery

By Toby Axelrod, November 20, 2008

Two Jewish cemeteries in the former East German state of Thuringia have been vandalised. In the town of Gotha, the bloody head of a pig was hung on a Star of David motif on the cemetery's iron gates.

According to the state's Interior Ministry, unknown perpetrators vandalised the cemeteries of Gotha and Erfurt. The damage was discovered at 5.30am on Monday morning by a medical rescue worker who was out walking his dog.

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