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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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Turkish community chief disowns ‘plotter rabbi’

By Sami Kohen, November 20, 2008

The Jewish community in Turkey has warned that the case of a supposed convert to Judaism accused of being involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the government may stir antisemitic feeling.

Tuncay Guney, 36, left Turkey in 2004 and emigrated to Canada, where he reportedly adopted the Jewish faith and became a "rabbi" in Toronto.

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LA jews oppose gay ban

November 13, 2008

Los Angeles Jews voted against Proposition 8, a Californian move to ban same-sex marriages, according to an exit poll by Loyola Marymount University.

Although the ban was ultimately approved, 78 per cent of Jews opposed it and 8 per cent supported it.

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US woman freed on $10m bail

November 13, 2008

A us woman accused of defrauding dozens of companies was freed on $10 million (£6.5 m) bail. Dina Wein-Reis of New York was alleged to have persuaded up to 50 companies to give her discounted goods for charities, which she allegedly then sold.

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Couple fight for son’s right to life

By Leon Symons, November 13, 2008

A children's hospital in America has sought a legal ruling that it can turn off the support systems of a 12-year-old boy suffering from a severe form of brain cancer and whom they believe to be brain-dead.

The hospital, the Children's National Medical Centre in Washington DC, wanted to override the wishes of the boy's parents, Eluzer and Miriam Brody from Brooklyn, New York. The parents argued that under Jewish law there was no such thing as brain death and that other systems in their son's body were still functioning, albeit with mechanical support.

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