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Swedes get a female rabbi

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 14, 2014

Sweden will get its first female rabbi when Ute Steyer of New York's Yeshiva University takes up the post at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm in January.

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Patrick Modiano, French novelist who wrote about Jews, wins Nobel Prize

By JC Reporter, October 10, 2014

Acclaimed French writer Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize for literature.

He was described by the Nobel committee as a modern-day Marcel Proust.

Mr Modiano, who was born in Paris at the end of the Second World War, is known for chronicling the life in the city under Nazi occupation.

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EU threatens sanctions against Israel over peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 8, 2014

According to a senior European diplomat, the EU is working on a series of bilateral sanctions against Israel that will be implemented if the peace process continues to stagnate.

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Islamic State: we'll eliminate women, children, apostates - and caviar

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

Plans by the Islamic State (IS) to seize Iran's nuclear installations and build its own nuclear bomb have added a bizarre twist to the already convoluted issue of the West's confrontation with both sides of the Sunni-Shia conflict.

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Peace Now spoils Bibi's US party

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2014

The venerable Israeli left-wing organisation Peace Now has lost a lot of its steam in recent years.

The failure of the Oslo process and other diplomatic initiatives has led to public apathy over the group's efforts to push for a two-state solution.

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Was Sartre indifferent about the Holocaust?

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 7, 2014

A row has erupted among Jean-Paul Sartre scholars over a new book which claims that the French philosopher did too little to defend Jews during the Holocaust.

Ingrid Galster, a German Sartre expert, suggests that not only was Sartre unsympathetic to the plight of Jews, he actively profited from antisemitism in France by taking a post at a school when its Jewish incumbent was removed.

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UN to vote on recognition of Yom Kippur

By Josh Jackman, October 6, 2014

The United Nations will start debating this month whether Yom Kippur should be an official UN holiday after ambassadors from 32 nations signed a letter in support of the cause.

Countries including America, Canada and Uruguay have formally asked the UN General Assembly committee that Yom Kippur stand alongside Christmas and the end of Ramadan on the UN calendar.

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Naomi Wolf questions authenticity of Islamic State beheadings

October 5, 2014

American journalist Naomi Wolf has questioned whether videos of executions carried out by Islamic State terrorists in Iraq are genuine.

The Jewish writer, a former political consultant and best-selling feminist author, posted a message on Facebook apparently suggesting aid organisations had not reported any workers as having been taken hostage.

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Middle East's new map?

By Orlando Radice and Anshel Pfeffer, October 2, 2014

A series of new strategic alliances between Israel and its Arab neighbours were outlined this week by Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the UN General Assembly.

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I found Dad's Nazi killer - and shot him dead

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 2, 2014

A man has explained for the first time how he took revenge on the SS killer who had murdered his father during the Second World War.

Yanush Peltz, who was interviewed by filmmakers in Israel, said his father had lived in the Polish city of Kielce during the Holocaust and had been sent to a gas chamber by Hans Gayer, the SS officer in charge of the city.

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