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Australia Plans Wide Probe of 'Vile' Child Sex Abuse

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The announcement by Australia’s Prime Minister of a royal commission into the “vile and evil” scourge of child sex abuse has reignited the controversial issue inside the Jewish community.Read More


Charlie Chaplin's Bowler Hat Goes on Block

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One of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic bowler hats and canes, the staple of Hollywood silent-era comedy, will go under the hammer in Los Angeles this weekend, auction house Bonhams said on Tuesday.Read More


Al Qaeda-Loving Sister of Toulouse Killer Sues

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The sister of the al Qaeda-inspired gunman who went on a rampage in Toulouse, France plans to sue over hidden camera video of her saying she is ‘proud’ of him.Read More


Norway Pulls Honor for 'Jewish Influence' Activist

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The Norwegian Royal Palace reportedly has dropped controversial plans to recognize a converted Muslim who is accused of anti-Semitism.Read More


Kosher Cheese Company Slammed by Sandy

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A flooded warehouse, decomposed wall beams, sodden sheetrock, crumbling brick walls, a fried electrical system and about $2 million worth of rotten cheese waiting to be chucked: That’s only a glimpse of the woes facing Brigitte Mizrahi.Read More


Polish Far-Rightists Take Aim at Jews

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Young Polish nationalists and anti-Semitic extreme rightists called for the overthrow of Poland’s government at the republic’s Independence Day march.Read More


Gay Aussie School Principal Sues Over Firing

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One of Australia’s largest Jewish schools is being sued by a former principal who claims he was the victim of unfair dismissal.Read More


Rabbi David Rosen Cited for Interfaith Dialogue

By JTA

Rabbi David Rosen was one of a triumvirate of Jewish, Muslim and Christian clergymen recognized by Search for Common Ground, a group that promotes reconciliation and conflict resolution.Read More


Half of European Union Backs Palestinian State

By JTA

Nearly half of all European Union member states will vote in favor of upgrading the Palestinian Authority’s status at the United Nations, an E.U. spokesperson reportedly said.Read More


Canada Bill Recognizes Jewish Refugees' Plight

By JTA

A Canadian lawmaker has proposed a motion in the country’s Parliament calling for formal government recognition of some 850,000 Jews forcibly displaced from Arab lands since Israel’s creation in 1948.Read More





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