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UK prepares for military action in Syria

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2013

Britain is moving closer to a military intervention in Syria, with warplanes arriving in Cyprus.

Fighter jets and transporters have flown in to Britain’s Akrotiri airbase, located around 100 miles off the Syrian coast, after a chemical assault killed hundreds in eastern Damascus last Wednesday.

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High Holy terror warning

By Josh Jackman, August 22, 2013

Israel has warned its citizens across the world that there are “concrete” indications they will be targeted by terrorists in the coming weeks.

The government’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau has warned Israelis and Jews to stay away from dozens of countries in the run-up to the High Holy Days, calling it “a favoured period” for organisations such as al-Qaeda to strike.

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Go f*** yourself, says Israeli diplomacy chief

By Josh Jackman, August 22, 2013

An Israeli government official in charge of promoting the country’s online image has been suspended following offensive posts on his Facebook page.

Daniel Seaman, who was appointed the Prime Minister’s director for interactive media in July, said in a phone call that he currently has “instructions from the Prime Minister’s office not to speak to the press”.

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IDF: north Israel attack ‘not an escalation’

By Josh Jackman, August 22, 2013

Explosions have been heard from near the Israel-Lebanon border.

Police spokesperson Luba Samri said that two rockets landed in open fields close to the north-west city of Nahariya, causing air raid sirens across northern Israel to go off.

However, the Israeli Defence Force said the rockets “fell outside of Israeli territory”.

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Orthodox outrage over New Jersey law banning gay conversion

By Josh Jackman, August 21, 2013

A Charedi organisation has condemned a new state law in America banning gay conversion therapy for children.

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Menstruation video is internet hit

By Josh Jackman, August 21, 2013

An American entrepreneur’s video for her new menstruation-kit delivery company has gone viral.

Na’ama Bloom, a 40-year-old from Brooklyn, produced ‘The Camp Gyno’ to promote her company Hello Flo, which sends out personalised packs “at the right time” that it boasts can “handle everything but the cramps.”

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Israelis get global High Holy terror warning

By Josh Jackman, August 19, 2013

Israel has warned its citizens across the world that there are “concrete” indications they will be targeted by terrorists in the coming weeks.

The government’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau has warned Israelis and Jews to stay away from dozens of countries in the run-up to the High Holy Days, calling it “a favoured period” for organisations such as al-Qaeda to strike.

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Jewish Quarterly guest editor named

By Josh Jackman, August 19, 2013

The Jewish Quarterly has named a Southampton University lecturer as guest editor for its 60th anniversary issue in November.

Devorah Baum, who lectures in English and Jewish studies at the university, will take charge of the special edition of the well-respected cultural journal.

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Google Glass app JewGlass helps you be at shul on time

By Josh Jackman, August 11, 2013

The first Jewish app for Google Glass has been created.

“JewGlass” tells you via interactive headgear when Shabbat is closing in and where your local synagogues are located. And when it detects that you have arrived at shul, it also informs you about the relevant prayers and parsha.

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Israel-EU row hits new heights

By Josh Jackman, August 8, 2013

Israel will not enter into agreements with the European Union unless the EU “clarifies” guidelines that advise against the funding of Israeli organisations with links beyond the Green Line.

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On a high street near you - artworks by Lucian Freud and Anish Kapoor

By Josh Jackman, August 8, 2013

Art by Anish Kapoor and Lucian Freud will be seen by millions of people in a nationwide exhibition.

Freud’s paintings, Man’s Head (Self Portrait I) and Girl with a Kitten, as well as Kapoor’s sculpture As if to Celebrate, I Discovered a Mountain Blooming with Red Flowers will be among 57 artworks displayed on 22,000 billboards across the UK as part of the Art Everywhere project.

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Australia changes election date to avoid Yom Kippur clash

By Josh Jackman, August 5, 2013

Australia’s prime minister has changed his country’s election day to avoid a clash with Yom Kippur.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd moved the vote to September 7 after calling the original 14 September date set by his predecessor Julia Gillard a “massive inconvenience” for Australia’s Jewish population, which stands at around 100,000.

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Editor quits as JQ hits 60

By Josh Jackman, August 2, 2013

The search is on for a new editor of the venerable cultural journal, the Jewish Quarterly, after the resignation of Rachel Lasserson, the present holder of the post, who ran the JQ for seven years.

Ms Lasserson stepped down to “seek new challenges”, according to the JQ’s joint chair Mark Goldberg.

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Israeli charged with intending to spy for Iran

By Josh Jackman, August 1, 2013

A member of an anti-Zionist Orthodox group based in Jerusalem has been charged with intending to spy for Iran.

According to Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet, the man, who belongs to the Neturei Karta movement, is alleged to have visited the Iranian embassy in Berlin in 2011, where he offered his services in gathering information on Israel .

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Hollywood star leads cast in BBC Israel thriller

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2013

Oscar-nominated actors Janet McTeer and Stephen Rea have joined the cast of a major BBC thriller set against the Israel-Palestinian conflict, it was announced this week.

Hollywood's Maggie Gyllenhaal has already signed up to star in The Honourable Woman, Hugo Blick's seven-part drama about family inheritance and world politics.

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Leviev £88m jewellery heist is 'the biggest ever'

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2013

Around £88 million worth of diamonds and jewels owned by an Israeli billionaire has been stolen from a Cannes exhibition in the most expensive heist in history.

The masked gunman held up the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in broad daylight on Sunday while he filled a briefcase with items belonging to Russian-born Lev Leviev.

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Camden museum gets its kicks from Four Four Jew

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2013

The Jewish Museum in Camden will be following its Amy Winehouse exhibition with another crowd-pulling display — an exploration of British Jews’ relationship with football.

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Enter the Ninjew

By Josh Jackman, July 26, 2013

A new game for smartphones will allow Jews to wreak revenge on their historical oppressors.

Angry Jew, set to be released in November on Android phones, features an eponymous hero, with a black hat and peyot, taking on a side-scrolling world filled with 19th-century European enemies.

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Polish form emergency committee on shechita

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2013

The Polish committee fighting the country’s prohibition on shechita had their first meeting on Monday as the government agreed “to look at all possible solutions”.

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Chabad Rabbi shot in south west Russia

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, an emissary to Derbent, in the Republic of Dagestan, was shot by an unknown assailant on Wednesday night as he approached his house.

The rabbi was evacuated to hospital, where he received successful emergency surgery on his right lung and liver. He has now returned home to recover.

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