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Bollywood's Bachchan to play Jewish crook in Great Gatsby film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A top Bollywood star is to take on the role of a Jewish gambler in Baz Luhrmann's £78 million film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Amitabh Bachchan will appear as Meyer Wolfsheim, a shadowy and untrustworthy figure said to have fixed the baseball World Series.

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Indian artists plan Tel Aviv exhibit boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2011

A group of Indian artists have announced that they will boycott an exhibition of Indian art in Israel next year.

The show is set to open in April 2012 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, but five prominent artists said this week that they would not take part.

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Farewell to one of the last Cochin Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The Jewish population of the Indian town of Mattancherry has dropped to single figures.

The funeral of Isaac Judah Ashkenazi, an 83-year-old Jewish resident of the town, was held on Sunday.

Mattancherry, in the Kochi region (formerly known as Cochin), was once home to a small but solid Jewish population of 250. A community was first recorded there in the 15th century.

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Bollywood's Gandhi to Hitler 'worst film of 2011'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A Bollywood film about Hitler which members of the Indian Jewish community dubbed as "ignorant" when it was announced has been panned by critics.

Gandhi To Hitler, a Bollywood take on the correspondence between the Indian and Nazi leaders and the end of the Third Reich was the subject of controversy when the project was announced last year.

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Dear Friend Hitler: Bollywood's take on the Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011
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A trailer for the film Gandhi to Hitler; a Bollywood film about the correspondance between Hitler and Gandhi.

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Malaysia sorry for Benayoun abuse - if it took place

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

The Malaysian Football Association has weighed in to the row over alleged antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli Chelsea player Yossi Benayoun at a match in Kuala Lumpur last week.

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Chelsea: formal complaint over Malaysian 'antisemitism'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Chelsea football club have made an official complaint following what they described as antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli player Yossi Benayoun at a match in Kuala Lumpur.

The Israeli became the first footballer from the Jewish state to play in a match in Malaysia in many years, when he helped Chelsea beat Malaysian XI last week.

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Slumdog sequel snapped up by Paul Raphael

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

A Jewish producer is hoping his next film will be as successful as Slumdog Millionaire – with good reason.

Paul Raphael, the son of writer Frederic Raphael, who won an Oscar for his 1965 screenplay of Darling, has acquired the rights to the second novel by Vikas Swarup.

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Malaysian fans shout abuse at Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Yossi Benayoun faced jeers and abuse from the crowds at a match in Kuala Lumpur this week, when he became the first Israeli footballer in years to play in Malaysia, a mostly Muslim country.

Benayoun helped secure Chelsea a 1-0 victory over the Malaysian XI team in Thursday's pre-season match.

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On this day: North Korea fined for terrorist attack

By Daniel Walters, July 21, 2011

Thirty-eight years on from the terrorist attack at Ben Gurion International airport in Israel – known at the time as the Lod Airport massacre - North Korea was finally fined nearly £200 million for supporting terrorists in an attack that killed 26 people.

The US Federal Court found North Korea guilty of aiding the terrorist's mission and of giving them material support.

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