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Miliband in Mid-East diplomacy drive

By Bernard Josephs and Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2008

Talks with Syria and the Palestinian Authority will be high on the agenda during Foreign Secretary David Miliband's visit to Israel in 10 days' time. Mr Miliband will be reporting to his Israeli counterparts on his meeting last week with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.

Mr Miliband will be travelling to Israel during its election season, and in addition to meeting outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, he will also be sounding out Defence Minister Ehud Barak of Labour and Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu.

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US soldier sacked for attack

November 6, 2008

A US soldier has been discharged for assaulting a Jewish private during basic training. Victim Michael Handman, 20, was hospitalised after the September attack and complained of discrimination. The army declined to name the soldier who carried out the attack.

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Kosher meat boss charged

November 6, 2008

The former chief executive officer and vice president of the largest kosher meatpackers in the US, Agriprocessors Inc, has been arrested. Sholom Rubashkin, 49, was charged with harbouring illegal immigrants and aiding and abetting identity theft.

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Rabbi abused in Berlin

November 6, 2008

Police have arrested two men after a rabbi and eight students were abused in Berlin. Rabbi Yehudah Teichtal, 36, was driving his students home when men in a passing car shouted antisemitic abuse and attempted to throw a burning object at them.

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Kristallnacht pogrom to be marked across Europe

By Toby Axelrod, November 6, 2008

The 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom is to be marked by communities across Europe on November 9.

The German government and the Central Council of Jews are co-sponsoring a ceremony at the Rykestrasse Synagogue in the former East Berlin, one of the few shuls to survive the war. The city's Jewish community will mark the day at a community centre on the site of a shul destroyed in the attack.

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Romanian graves smashed

October 30, 2008

Romanian police launched an investigation after 200 graves in Bucharest's largest Jewish cemetery were vandalised.

The scale of the desecration led to suggestions that it had been an organised campaign. More than 40,000 Jews are buried there.

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Economist says sorry

October 30, 2008

Prominent German Economist Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the Ifo economic research institute, apologised for comparing recent criticism of bank managers' handling of the global economic crisis with the antisemitism of the 1930s in Germany.

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Protest in Vienna over Iran

October 30, 2008

Protesters in Vienna demonstrated against a state visit of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami to the Austrian capital.

Mr Khatami was due to give a lecture at the University of Vienna and meet Austrian President Heinz Fischer.

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Budapest averts neo-Nazi clashes

By Thomas Land, October 30, 2008

Dozens of suspected neo-Nazi activists armed with homemade weapons including Molotov cocktails were arrested by police in Budapest on the eve of ceremonies marking the anniversary of the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Police also seized several bombs, as well as hand grenades.

But the ceremonies were conducted in the absence of major incidents, marking a welcome departure from previous years as both the October 23 anniversary of the revolution and National Independence Day on March 15 had attracted recurring mass neo-Nazi violence.

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US Jews turn to Obama

By Nathan Guttman, October 29, 2008

As the presidential campaign enters its final phase, Democrat contender Barack Obama is consolidating his lead with American Jewish voters in polls and reaching a 3:1 margin over his Republican rival John McCain.

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