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Anti-boycott app? Forget it, use BDS tech to buy Israeli

By Nathan Jeffay, October 26, 2014

A new app is promising to boost to the campaign to counter the boycott of Israel by providing information on products originating from the Jewish state.

The app is called Am Yisrael Buy, a play on the phrase "am Yisrael chai", which means "the Jewish People lives".

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Latvian musical celebrates life of Nazi commander

By Josh Jackman, October 24, 2014

A musical which celebrates the life of an alleged Nazi war criminal has been condemned by the Israeli government.

Cukurs, Herbert Cukurs, which premiered in Latvia earlier this month, is about a Nazi pilot who was deputy commander of Arajs Kommando, a unit which killed around 26,000 Jews.

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Gangster, rabbi, copper - who is the real Mr Gross?

By David Lazarus, October 23, 2014

Is he a genuine Jewish convert or convict and con man?

Those were the main questions surrounding the saga of Rabbi Avraham Gross, who appeared in a New York court last week facing a slew of felony charges for posing as a police officer.

He pleaded not guilty.

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Butcher sold fake kosher cuts 'for years'

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

Two German butchers have admitted to selling 88,000lb of fake kosher meat to boost their profits.

The owners of Frankfurt's Aviv store made more than £440,000 by peddling cheap cuts of beef and lamb to Jewish individuals, schools and other institutions at marked-up prices.

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Maccabi player turns jihadi

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

A former Maccabi footballer is facing trial in Germany for joining terror group Islamic State (IS).

Kreshnik Berisha, 20, is Frankfurt-born and was a member of Maccabi Frankfurt's football team less than three years ago, but reportedly became radicalised at college before travelling to fight in Syria.

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Dieudonné sues for being called an 'antisemite'

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2014

Comedian Dieudonné, who has several convictions in France for inciting hatred of Jews and mocking the Holocaust, is taking the president of the French Jewish umbrella group to court for accusing him of antisemitism.

Roger Cukierman, president of the French council of Jewish institutions, went before a magistrate this week after Dieudonné filed a complaint against him for defamation.

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Nurse had sex with Nazis to infect them

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

An Czech woman has been posthumously honoured for gaining revenge on Nazis by sleeping with soldiers to infect them with sexually transmitted diseases.

After a campaign by retired lawyer Karel Friml, who lives in the woman's former home, she has been commemorated with honorary plaque which was placed on the outside of her house.

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Elite US rabbi 'had mikveh peep camera'

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

Jewish Washington DC was in shock last week as news spread about the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel.

On October 14, the 62-year-old leader of Washington DC's "power shul" - so known because it is the place where Orthodox Jewish lawmakers and powerbrokers daven - was handcuffed and led away from his home where he lives with his wife and children.

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Protests over 'pro-terror' Klinghoffer opera

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

Protesters, counter-protesters and police squared up to one another on the normally peaceful plazas outside Lincoln Centre in Manhattan on Monday. The occasion: opening night of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of John Adams's 1991 work, The Death of Klinghoffer.

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I'm gay, US rabbi tells shul-goers after Yom Kippur

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

In what the New Republic editor Franklin Foer described as "the most dramatic possible way to break the Yom Kippur fast", his rabbi at the Conservative Adas Israel synagogue in Washington DC announced on October 6 that he was gay.

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