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Israel embassy sketch gets an angry response

By Rosa Doherty, January 9, 2014

A television comedy sketch that treated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a subject for humour has been roundly condemned by the Zionist Federation.

ZF chairman Paul Charney said the sketch, broadcast on BBC Three’s comedy programme, The Revolution Will Be Televised, “ridicules antisemitism at a time when anti-Jewish bigotry is on the rise”.

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Meryl Streep labels Walt Disney an antisemite

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2014

Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has described Walt Disney as a “hideous antisemite” during a speech at a New York award ceremony this week.

Ms Streep, who starred in The Iron Lady and Mamma Mia!, told guests at the National Board of Review dinner that the Hollywood mogul was part of an antisemitic lobby group - the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.

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UK-born Charedi rabbi is dish of the day for Masterchef viewers

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 9, 2014

For Rabbi Josh Steele, aliyah had turned out to be a bit of nightmare.

He swapped north-west London suburbia for Israel to find a wife, settle down and raise a family. Five years on, still single and pushing 30, he was on the verge of giving up and heading back to Edgware.

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Hitchcock Holocaust film revealed

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

An Alfred Hitchcock film detailing Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust will be publicly aired for the first time - 70 years after it was made.

Memory of the Camps , was shelved by the British government in 1945 due to political sensitivity after the Second World War, according to a report in the Independent .

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Rolling Stones in talks over debut Israel gig

By Rosa Doherty, January 7, 2014

The Rolling Stones are negotiating plans to play their first-ever concert in Israel.

According to reports, the band has been offered £4.5 million by promoters Marcel Avraham and Gad Oronto to play an open-air concert at Park Hayarkon in June .

It is the most ever offered to a music act to appear in the country

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WATCH: Adir Tov performing on X-Factor Israel as one fifth of boy band Fusion

January 7, 2014
We've been following 16-year-old Adir Tov every week as he has competed on X-Factor Israel as one fifth of boy band Fusion. Here they are performing Some Nights - Adir is on the far left.

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X-Factor Diary: Singing acapella to stay in the show. But we managed it

January 2, 2014

“It has been a dramatic week for the band. Last Wednesday, we sang Mily Cyrus’s song Wrecking Ball and thought we did well, but got put in the bottom two of the seven remaining acts.

“We thought that was it for us because we were up against two sisters who were amazing singers – everyone thought they would be in the final.

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New Year honours for theatre producer Michael Codron and writer Anthony Horowitz

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2013

Veteran stage producer Michael Codron has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours for services to the theatre.

Eighty-two-year-old Sir Michael is the West End's longest-serving producer and a leading influence in post-war British drama. He is the owner of the Aldwych Theatre, and a former leading figure at the National Theatre and the Hampstead Theatre.

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Jewish siblings in Apollo roof collapse

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

Three siblings are in shock after they saw the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapse on members of the audience in front of them.

Nathaniel and Maya Lightman had been treating younger sister Noa to the stage production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time as a Chanucah gift.

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Birds of a Feather Dorien back on ITV after 15 year gap

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2013

One of television’s best-known Jewish characters is set to return after a gap of 15 years.

Dorien Green, the man-eating Chigwell divorcee, played by Lesley Joseph, is back in a new series of the sitcom Birds Of A Feather, last seen on TV screens in the late ’90s.

Ms Joseph, who is Jewish, said she is “delighted” to be playing the role again.

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