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Book on Polish Holocaust 'exploitation' causes uproar

By Nissan Tzur, March 3, 2011

A controversial new book which argues that some Poles gained financially from the plight of Jews during the Holocaust has sparked outrage in Poland and abroad.

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Thanks for the Oscar… now wave goodbye

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

It has the plot of a happy-ending Spielberg flick, but the denouement of a Coen brothers angst-fest.

The news that the film Strangers no More, about a school for the children of migrants in south Tel Aviv, got the Best Short Documentary award at the 2011 Oscars this week brought delight to Israel and the Jewish world - not to mention its pupils and staff.

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Hamas starts new Gaza fight

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

Fighting has intensified over the past week around the Gaza Strip in what Israeli defence sources believe is an attempt by Palestinian organisations to test the boundaries and return Gaza to the agenda despite the tide of revolution sweeping the Arabcountries.

The current round of hostilities began last Wednesday night when three Grad rockets hit the city of Be'er Sheva.

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West Bank burns as settlers have day of rage

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

Jewish settlers embarked on a wave of demonstrations and attacks against Palestinian property this week following the demolition of a number of homes built illegally in the West Bank.

Police and IDF forces arrived at the Havat Gilad outpost in Central Samaria in the early hours of Monday morning to demolish three houses.

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Best Documentary Short Oscar goes to Israel-set film

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

The makers of a documentary short set in Tel Aviv were celebrating after winning an Oscar at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Best Documentary Short winner Strangers No More, a look at Israel’s Bialik-Rogozin primary school, was made by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon. The school has pupils from almost 50 countries, many of whom have escaped conflict zones and persecution.

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Middle East journalist Jerrold Kessel dies in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2011

Friends and colleagues of the late Yoram Kessel, a journalist who was for 20 years an Israel correspondent for the Jewish Chronicle, have paid tribute to his modesty and passion for his craft.

Mr Kessel, who died on Thursday at the age of 65, had been battling with cancer for some time.

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Real Madrid's new signing? Shimon Peres

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2011

The Israeli President lent his football expertise to the Real Madrid team after joining the Spanish side for a practice session.

Shimon Peres, who is in Spain for a four day visit, met team-members including Ronaldo, Kaka and Pepe, as well as being presented with a personalised Real Madrid shirt and a silver replica of the Bernabéu stadium.

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Law to criminalise Israel boycotts planned

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 24, 2011

A new law that will fine Israelis who promote boycotts of Israel and prevent foreign citizens who do so from entering the country will be brought to the Knesset next week.

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Advertising war exposes Israel's religious-secular divide

By Nathan Jeffay, February 24, 2011

There is a new battleground for Israel's secular-religious tensions: the advertising sales room.

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Netanyahu's coalition starts to crumble

February 24, 2011

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remained silent last week after his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, publicly vetoed his plan to appoint the National Security Council chairman, Professor Uzi Arad, as the next ambassador to London.

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