Media

Poland and Germany row over Shoah guilt

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2013

A German television series and a Polish magazine have sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries amid arguments over antisemitism and war guilt.

Polish news weekly Uwazam Rze caused outrage after it depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a concentration camp prisoner in a front page image.

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Gilad deserves better than this

By Chas Newkey-Burden, April 5, 2013

When details of Gilad Shalit's conversations with military investigators were published last week, a vocal minority criticised him. One Israeli commentator even called for Gilad to stand trial for "negligence". I was disappointed but not surprised by these responses. During the years I spent campaigning for Gilad's freedom, I encountered relentless negativity from some friends of Israel.

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Breakfast with the big beasts: Odelia Karmon's life in the political jungle

By Jenni Frazer and Anshel Pfeffer, April 5, 2013

For the past seven years she has been known as “O from the Transport Ministry,” though her true identity was an open secret in the Israeli media and political establishment.

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Letter to France's Chief Rabbi targets journalists

By Ian Sparks, April 4, 2013

France’s chief Rabbi has been sent a threatening letter warning of “brutal action” if he does not halt the activities of Jewish journalists who are trying to “curb the liberty of the French”.

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Mira Bar-Hillel: 'agents of Israel' attacked me for criticisms of the government

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2013

A leading property journalist has defended remarks made during a Twitter row in which she admitted being prejudiced towards Jews.

Mira Bar-Hillel, the property and planning correspondent at London’s Evening Standard newspaper, said she believed attacks on her were being co-ordinated by “agents of Israel” and the Jewish community in response to her criticisms of the Israeli government.

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The Independent newspaper pays for ‘Nazi’ libel

March 28, 2013

The Independent newspaper has had to pay substantial libel damages after mistakenly suggesting that a respected actor was in fact a Nazi war criminal.

In 2010, Ljubomir Jurkovic’s picture appeared in a front page lead story about the death of one of the most wanted surviving wartime Nazis.

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Lord Leveson to be Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2013

Sir Brian Leveson, who led the public enquiry into press standards following the phone-hacking scandal, has become Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

The Liverpool-born judge, a Lord Justice of Appeal, has succeeded the rock guitarist Brian May, who has held the post since 2008.

Cherie Booth, the wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, has also held the position.

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Maurice Levy's inspiration: his grandfather rabbi

By Anna Sheinman, March 22, 2013

Maurice Lévy, one of the most powerful men in global advertising, has named his rabbi grandfather as his greatest inspiration.

Mr Lévy is chief executive officer of the French Publicis Groupe, one of the three largest advertising companies in the world, with a £5bn revenue last year.

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Website provides Torah help for porn addicts

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

A website has been created to help Orthodox Jews struggling with addictions to porn, sex or masturbation find support in the Torah.

Guard Your Eyes — which bears the slogan ‘Maintaining Moral Purity In Today’s World’ — offers Torah-inspired assistance for those they term “caught in the shmutz”.

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Playboy launches in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2013

The publisher of a new Hebrew-language magazine says it can offer Israelis the kind of in-depth coverage of culture and sport not found in the country’s mainstream media. But it is unlikely to be this aspect that piques readers’ interest.

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