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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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Greek Nazi party faces crackdown

October 23, 2014

Dozens of activists and politicians affiliated to the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn are facing trial for criminal offences.

A state prosecutor produced a 700-page document last week which outlined the legal case against more than 50 key party members - in addition to the 16 MPs who are currently in custody pending trial.

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Baby killed in terror attack at Jerusalem train station

By Josh Jackman, October 22, 2014

A suspected terrorist attack in Jerusalem has left a baby girl dead, with one person in a severe condition and seven others injured.

The victims were run over near Ammunition Hill light rail station in east Jerusalem after disembarking from a train.

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German butchers sold fake kosher meat 'for years'

By Josh Jackman, October 22, 2014

Two German butchers have admitted to selling 88,000 lb of fake kosher meat to turn a higher profit.

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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Israeli hospital treats Hamas leader’s daughter

By Naomi Firsht, October 20, 2014

The daughter of Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh was treated in an Israeli hospital following complications after a routine procedure, it was revealed yesterday.

Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv confirmed the admission. A statement from the hospital said: "She is one of more than 1,000 patients from the Gaza Strip and Palestinian Authority territories, children and adults, whom we treat every year."

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Jewish fashion boss backs Galliano return

By Cecelia Rencatti and Josh Jackman, October 15, 2014

A Jewish fashion boss has insisted that John Galliano, who was found guilty of an antisemitic tirade in 2011, is ready to return to the world of fashion.

Mr Galliano was handed suspended fines totalling €6,000 (£5,200) after admitting to declaring his love for Hitler during a rant in Paris cafe in February 2011.

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