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Rabbi’s Islam peace message to go on sale

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2014

A letter from an Israeli Chief Rabbi arguing that the closeness of Islam to Judaism could help the cause of Middle East peace is to go on sale tomorrow.

It was written by Israel’s first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, Isaac Herzog, in 1954 to Professor Abraham Katsh, who had published a book on “Judaism in Islam”,

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France and Ukraine push global aliyah to new highs

By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency, June 23, 2014

Global aliyah is up 55 per cent, due largely to dramatic increases in immigration from France and Ukraine, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky announced yesterday.

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Songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75

By Daniel Easterman, June 20, 2014

Oscar-nominated songwriter Gerry Goffin, who wrote classic songs such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and The Loco-Motion, has died aged 75 in Los Angeles.

Mr Goffin composed more than 50 top 40 songs, writing with fellow Jewish songwriter Carole King. The couple were married in 1959 when Ms King was 17 and divorced nine years later.

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Non-Jews do not like us, says top Polish rabbi

By Nissan Tzur, June 19, 2014

The new Chief Rabbi of Krakow, Eliezer Gurary, gave an interview shortly before his appointment in which he said that "non-Jews do not like Jews".

Responding to a question about antisemitism in Poland just ahead of his official inauguration ceremony last Sunday, Rabbi Gurary said: "Let's say it clearly. Those who are not Jews do not like Jews. Everyone understands and knows this."

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Le Pen faces lawsuit over 'oven' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 19, 2014

The European Jewish Congress is to sue Jean-Marie Le Pen after the former leader of France's National Front made a Holocaust-related comment.

Speaking about Jewish singer and actor Patrick Bruel in a NF video, Mr Le Pen played on the French word for oven - believed to be a deliberate reference to concentration camps.

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Shul guards threatened by gun gang

By Shirli Sitbon, June 19, 2014

Gunmen approached a Paris synagogue and aimed automatic weapons at police.

No shots were fired and the five men fled on motorcycles when the armed officers stood their ground.

The incident happened on Saturday in the suburb of Garges-lès-Gonesse. Witnesses said the men pointed a handgun and a Kalashnikov at them and pretended to shoot.

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Storm over Canberra's Jerusalem stance

By Dan Goldberg, June 19, 2014

Australia is at risk of a trade boycott by Arab nations in protest at Canberra's "shameful" declaration last week that it will no longer refer to East Jerusalem as "occupied".

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Investment fund 'regrets' Israel boycott move

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2014

A major investment group reportedly regrets its decision to blacklist Israeli banks.

A Dutch fund manager has told the Financial Times that senior executives at Netherlands pension fund PGGM wish it had not pulled funds from Israel's five top banks earlier this year.

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Unesco show a 'victory' for Israel narrative

By Shirli Sitbon, June 19, 2014

They may just be 24 illustrated panels of about 800 words each, but to the Wiesenthal Centre, the People, Book, Land exhibition amounted to a major victory and a breakthrough for peace.

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Israel watches in horror as jihadis carve up Mid East

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 19, 2014

The remarkable advance of the terror group Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) though north-eastern Iraq over the past two weeks has sparked Israeli fears over instability in neighbouring Jordan and the prospect of closer ties between the West and Iran.

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